Spider-Man

  • Title: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends – 7 Little Superheroes
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Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends - 7 Little Superheroes TV review

Today’s Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to 80s Saturday morning cartoons and the world of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. One of my favorite episodes of the series borrowed its set-up from an Agatha Christie novel as the Chameleon (Hans Conried) lures seven heroes to a castle on Wolf Island where the super-villain picks them off one by one. In Christie’s original tale part of the mystery centers around the guests starting to believe that one of them is actually the killer. Here writer Doug Booth makes terrific use of the Marvel Comics villain who who has the ability to disguise himself as any character (sowing dissension in the ranks). Along with the Chameleon’s deceptions, the island is also filled with traps, giant robots, and a force field to stop any of the heroes from leaving before our villain has had his fun.

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One Marvelous Scene – Spider-Man: Homecoming

by Alan Rapp on June 12, 2019

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Lessons from the Screenplay examines the car ride scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming

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The Superior Spider-Man #5

by Alan Rapp on May 1, 2019

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The Superior Spider-Man #5 comic reviewThere are two stories at play in The Superior Spider-Man #5. The first involves Otto‘s date which goes surprisingly well until a late admission to his true identity. His date doesn’t take things all that well, running out of the apartment to the nearest policeman. However, things take an unusual turn from there as the policemen are revealed to be possessed by some kind of demons which are spreading across the city leading to the unlikely team-up of the Superior Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

Doctor Strange arrival on-scene to discover Doctor Octopus dressed as Spider-Man does help get the two off to the best start, but the sorcerer soon discovers that Otto isn’t the immediate problem. Writer Christos Gage goes deep into the MCU vault to pull out Master Pandemonium as the creature responsible for the city’s ills. A living doorway to Hell, the demonic former actor is increasingly dangerous the longer he remains in New York.

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The Triumph of the Green Goblin

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2019

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  • Title: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends – The Triumph of the Green Goblin
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Today’s Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to 80s Saturday morning cartoons and the world of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. The first episode of the series to air, “The Triumph of the Green Goblin” features longtime Spidey villain the Green Goblin (Dennis Marks) who reappears when Norman Osborne’s plane crashes causing his alter-ego to take hold once more. Despite disappearing for a rather long segment during which Spider-Man hunts down the Goblin and escapes the second of two death traps the villain leaves for him, Iceman (Frank Welker) and Firestar (Kathy Garver) show up at the end to freeze the local reservoir and remove the villain’s formula from mixing with the water and transforming others into goblin creatures like him.

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The Superior Spider-Man #3

by Alan Rapp on March 11, 2019

in Comics

The Superior Spider-Man #3 comic reviewApparently no one ever told the “superior” Spider-Man not to pick a fight with a herald of Galactus. With a little help, Doctor “No I’m Spider-Man Now” Octopus is able to siphon enough of Terrax‘s Power Cosmic to make it a fair fight between the Superior Spider-Man and the former herald.

Much of The Superior Spider-Man #3 focuses on the battle between Otto and Terrax, which despite Otto’s boasting could have gone far worse for the villain turned hero if not for the help of others. Ultimately putting his life on the line to save the city not only buys him enough time to figure out how to beat Terrax but also a second chance with Anna Maria Marconi who has become his new partner.

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