Spider-Man

Spider-Man

by Alan Rapp on June 30, 2020

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Spider-Man (1977)
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Spider-Man review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the mean streets of New York City and the first appearance of a certain wall-crawling hero. 1977’s made-for-television movie Spider-Man casts Nicholas Hammond as college student and part-time photographer Peter Parker. The story, however, doesn’t open with Peter but with a mind-control plot involving a brainwashed lawyer and doctor who rob and bank and then crash their car on command from an unknown criminal (Thayer David) threatening this is only the first of many such attacks unless the city pays his ransom. The plot plays on 70s cults (as one turns out to be responsible for the brainwashing) as well as providing an origin story for Spider-Man whose further adventures would be continued in The Amazing Spider-Man television series.

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  • Title: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends – Quest of the Red Skull
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Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends - Quest of the Red Skull television review

Today’s Throwback Thursday post takes us back to 80s Saturday morning cartoons and the world of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. The Spider-Friends help out Professor Hiawatha Smith (Michael Ansara) whose apartment is ransacked by the goons of the Red Skull (Hans Conried) for the Scorpio Engraving which will lead the villain to the lost Nazi treasure. Smith is armed with the the mystic knowledge of the Native American nations and a trusty boomerang. A character created for the show, Smith makes his only appearance here helping the Spider-Friends track down the Red Skull both to the location of the treasure (inside a temple with a single booby-trap) and later to Skull Island.

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Spider-Man Captain Universe Pop! Vinyl Figure

Fans of Spider-Man‘s stint with the Uni-Power can order this Entertainment Earth exclusive Spider-Man Captain Universe Pop! Vinyl Figure for the low, low price of $14.

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Spider-Man #1

by Alan Rapp on September 25, 2019

in Comics

Spider-Man #1 comic reviewNobody told me there was a sudden scarcity of Spider-Men in Marvel Comics? Oh, there’s not? Then why do we need a new one? And that’s the real question at the heart of Spider-Man #1, isn’t it.

Not wanting to be lost in the flood of Spider-Man and friends books already on the shelves every week, writers J.J. Abrams and Henry Abrams attempt to go for something shocking. Honestly, it left me cold in much the way Duke was killed off in the new G.I. JOE #1 for no other reason than to garner attention and make a splash.

Here it’s Mary Jane who dies leaving an ill-equipped Peter Parker to raise their son who (after jumping several years in the future) discovers his father passed down more to him than just and old camera.

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Ghost-Spider #1

by Alan Rapp on August 29, 2019

in Comics

Ghost-Spider #1 comic reviewWhile not quite as quick-witted as the final issues of Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider, the new series centered around Spider-Gwen leaving her own dimension to come to college and fight crime in New York gets a solid opening. If the first issue is any indication, it looks like the comic will split time between Gwen exploring her new home and events back in her dimension (which may eventually effect her new life).

Spider-Man guest-stars here playing the older brother, helping Gwen get into college, and offering a friendly shoulder when she needs it. However, unlike his appearance in the final issue of the previous series (where the comic had fun with his life being nearly as screwed up as Gwen’s) here Peter is a bit more in control and recast in more mentor than friend. (And the giant rat, while funny, is no swarm of Nazi dinosaur bees.)

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