Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Amazing Spider-Man, The

US tv series (1977-1979). Danchuk Productions/Charles Fries Productions/CBS. Pr Robert Janes, Ron Satlof, Lionel E Siegel. Exec pr Charles Fries, Daniel R Goodman. Dir Tom Blank and many others. Writers Alvin Boretz and many others. Based on the Comic-book characters created by Stan Lee. Starring Ellen Bry (Julie), Chip Fields (Rita Conway), Nicholas Hammond (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Michael Pataki (Captain Barbera), Robert F Simon (J. Jonah Jameson), Irene Tedrow (Aunt May Parker). 12 60min episodes. Colour.

Spider-Man was the first comic-book Superhero to have problems. While the comics began with Peter Parker (bitten by a radioactive Spider and thus himself possessed of arachnoid Talents) in high school, the tv version started with him as a graduate student at Empire State University. His job as a photographer at the Daily Bugle brings him into contact with a number of crimes, where his special abilities as Spider-Man come into play. Chief among these are super-strength, for he is blessed with "the proportional strength of a spider", and "spider sense", an ESP-like Talent that lets him detect danger. Able to stick to any surface, Spider-Man swings across the city using webs created by special web-shooters he has invented. This impressive arsenal is brought to bear against a number of mundane criminals, but serves Spider-Man especially well when he has to battle a clone and an Egyptian Curse. The series lasted only one season. Three movies were derived from it: Spider-Man (1977), pilot; Spiderman Strikes Back (1978), re-edited from the two-parter The Deadly Dust; and Spiderman and the Dragon's Challenge (1981), re-edited from the two-parter The Dragon's Challenge. [BC]


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