Welcome back to my fun little list of comic based TV shows that you should give a watch. These aren’t necessarily my favourites, just ones that I would recommend if you’re a fan of comic books and their adaptations. This time we’ve got Spider-Man, from the 1990s.
Spider-Man is a show that holds a lot of nostalgia for me although now I look back at the show an older and wiser nerd I can see both faults, but also massive positives to the show that I never appreciated as a kid.
The obvious faults are the excruciatingly obvious examples of Spider-Man trying to make allowances for studio meddling. The show had some incredibly stupid situations. Spider-Man would very rarely throw a punch (because swinging from a rope and drop kicking someone is so much less violent) and instead of hand guns for some reason the entire NYPD in the 1990s has fully functional and fully unexplained laser guns.
That being said the show kept itself paced very well to tell its intended story. It did something that I am incredibly thankful for now, in getting the symbiote story out of the way in the first season in the three part story, “The Alien Costume”.
This show kept its continuity throughout each season telling its own story. Season 2 was “Neogenic Nightmares”, and dealt with the matter of mutation. Season 3 was the amazing “Sins of Our Fathers” and so on and so forth.
This show explored many story lines from the comics and not just the standard Venom storyline, including Spider-Man’s advancing mutations (growing six arms and eventually morphing into a spider), and the secret wars.
It covered so much and did most of it very well. Unfortunately though the show never got what it truly deserved with Season 5 ending on a cliff hanger, implying that Season 6 would have presumably resolved with Spider-Man travelling in search of Mary Jane.
However that may be subject to change as on November 14th 2014 on the 20th Anniversary of the show, John Semper Jr. revealed that not only had the original cast and crew got together, but they were working on a crowd funded successor series: “War of the Rocket Men”…
… which was promptly never talked about again since. Oh well.
Recommended Episodes: The “Sins Of Our Fathers” story arc, “The Secret Wars” and many more.
See part 1: Batman: The Animated Series | Top 10 Comic TV Show Recommendations