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Feb 062012

There have been many versions about Spiderman over the years. The first original cartoon series was Spider-Man – The ’67 Collection (1967-1970). We all know the story. Scientific minded teen Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and it gave him amazing powers like super strength, the ability to cling onto any surface, and web slinging.

As a superhero, Spiderman protects the streets of New York by fighting dangerous, but colorful super villains like Dr. Octopus, Scorpion, Rhino, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio, and the Green Goblin. What’s also neat is that Spiderman can turn his webbing into anything and he sure can swim.

The action level and story lines are kept simple with hardly any detail on the characters’ back stories, which was typical for superhero cartoons back in the day. I find this series more enjoyable that way.

Of course leading a double life is never easy. Although Spiderman is a hero, not everyone sees him that way, especially Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson. He only sees Spiderman as a criminal and there are often times when Spiderman ends up framed for criminal activity while he goes up against the real villain. Other times Jameson thinks Spiderman is working with the villain(s). It seems like he’ll look for any excuse to get rid of Spiderman and expose him as a menace to society.

I couldn’t help but notice that whenever Jameson slams the door, his picture on the wall keeps tilting and is constantly focused upon. I wonder if that’s a sign meaning that even though Jameson is the head honcho, he’s not always right. Of course Jameson would never admit that. He’s too stubborn.

As Peter Parker, Spiderman works at The Daily Bugle as a photographer. It’s actually convenient that Peter can get his photos of the action even as the wall crawling hero. I can only imagine if Peter were a paparazzi with Spiderman’s powers.

No matter how much good Spiderman does, the only way to convince Jameson that he’s good is to show him the captured villain with a note saying, “Compliments of your friendly neighborhood Spiderman”.

Mary Jane Watson does not appear very often on this series. Peter’s love interest is his coworker Betty Brant, but after the first season, Peter is featured as a loser of love. I can’t help but feel sorry for the guy.

This was a good cartoon series with adventure and excitement. Spiderman is as smooth and witty as ever. One last item: At Universal Studios Islands of Adventure last year, I had a photo with Spiderman, which was made to look like a comic book cover. That was sure a unique experience.

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