In 1996 I was 6/7 years old. I remember getting dropped off a block away from the house and sprinting home to try and make it home in time for this show. It was my introduction into the wall crawler. So a little back story on the series.
The series started in 1993, and aired on the now defunct Fox Kids lineup. It had the voice talents of Christopher Daniel Barnes, Ed Asner, and Gary Imhoff. Even Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker and the Joker himself, made some guest appearances as the Hobgoblin. It was one of the first shows that was produced from Marvel Animation Studios however it was animated in Korea by Tokyo Movie Shinsha. As of right now the rights to the series are owned by Disney.
The series ran for five seasons. Their was a sixth rumored. It would have involved Victorian England and Carnage being Jack the Ripper. In one episode, Carnage was trapped in an alternate dimension. Trust me it’s a whole plot I would rather not get into at the moment. Although mentioning Carnage does bring up a very interesting point.
See, there were some very interesting restrictions on the show. First was they couldn’t show blood. This was the reason way Morbius the living vampire absorbed plasma. Also no death. They couldn’t even really mention the word. They said things like “lost him” or in Carnage’s case “absorbed their life force.” I think they may have said killed once. Also they had no guns, just these odd laser weapons that only stunned targets. Actually, now that I think about it, Spider-man never hit anyone. He may have swung but he never hit. Remember this was a kids show and the last thing they wanted was to have protective parents turn their children away from the television.
The series brought many new fans from my generation. See I was born in 1987. I didn’t even read my first comic book till I was like 10. This show is what got me interested in them in the first place.
So now we come to the part of the review where I talk about my favorite episode. Well that would have to be the episode “I Really Hate Clones”. This was the series finally. And to be honest it was a good ending. It concluded the series on a high note. It had one of my favorite characters in it, Spider-Carnage:
In the comic books, Spider-Carnage was the second Spider-Man (long story, It will most likely end up in as an article at a later time.) I won’t give away more information then that it involves Spider-Men from alternate universes.
Spider-Man: The Animated Series can be found instant streaming on Netflix. It is also found in syndication on Disney X.D. Some episodes can be found streaming on the Marvel website. While it has not aged well, it is still a great nostalgia bomb. I highly recommend checking it out.