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The Spectacular Spider-Man
The Spectacular Spider-Man
Beginning date March 8, 2008
End date March 18, 2009
Number of Episodes 26
Season One
Season Two
Writers Matt Wayne
Kevin Hopps
Andrew Robinson
Stan Lee (Characters)
Steve Ditko (Characters)
Producers Stan Lee
Joshua Fine
Diane A. Crea
Craig Kyle
Eric S. Rollman
Original Channel Kids' WB
Previous Series Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes
Next Series Wolverine and the X-Men

The Spectacular Spider-Man is a series that ran between March 8th, 2008 and March 18th, 2009 for two seasons. The show was targeted at both young, new viewers, as well as an older, more sophisticated audience that enjoyed the other previous series.

It is the seventh series to focus on the character after Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Spider-Man, Spider-Man Unlimited, and Spider-Man: The New Animated Series.

BackgroundEdit

The Spectacular Spider-Man followed the adventures of Peter Parker as he deals with his social life, a part-time job, and school while being secretly being the costumed superhero named Spider-Man. Although balancing the two worlds is difficult for Peter, he always remembers the phrase: "With great power there must also come great responsibility." Unlike the Spider-Man and Spider-Man: The New Animated Series versions, this Peter Parker is still in high school. The show deals with typical teenage angst while the previous two versions dealt more with early adulthood problems.

The series used classic storylines and characters mostly based on the works of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko where the character was in high school. It also utilized material from all eras of the comic's run and other sources such as the works of Brian Michael Bendis work on Ultimate Spider-Man, and the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films.

Following The Walt Disney Company's purchase of Marvel Entertainment Sony relinquished all television rights to Spider-Man, including animation, in exchange for "some concession vis-a-vis the live action Spider-Man features" thus raising questions about what would happen to the series.[1]

With many months of near-silence on the subject, it hadn't been looking good for the series. On April 13, 2010, Marvel Comic's Tom Brevoort was asked about Spectacular on formspring, and simply said, "That was a wonderful cartoon, but finished now." Though asked for clarification, he added, "I'm not officially connected to the show, so I can't tell you anything officially; the people connected with it will have to do that." This came along with the announcement of a new Spider-Man series eventually called Ultimate Spider-Man.[2]

CastEdit

Actor Role(s)
Josh Keaton Spider-Man/Peter Parker
Symbiote
Clancy Brown George Stacy
Ox
Rhino/Alex O'Hirn
Lacey Chabert Gwen Stacy
Grey DeLisle Betty Brant
Sally Avril
Andrew Kishino Kenny Kong
Ned Lee
Joshua LeBar Flash Thompson
Vanessa Marshall Mary Jane Watson
Daran Norris J. Jonah Jameson
Colonel Jupiter/John Jameson
Alan Rachins Norman Osborn
Deborah Strang May Parker
Cree Summer Glory Grant
James Arnold Taylor Harry Osborn
Frederick Foswell
Alanna Ubach Liz Allan
Thom Adcox Tinkerer/Phineas Mason
Dee Bradley Baker Curt Connors/Lizard
Jeff Bennett Shocker/Montana
St. John Devereaux
Bernard Houseman
Steven Blum Blackie Gaxton
Chameleon
Dillbert Trilby
Green Goblin
Seymour O'Reilly
Xander Berkeley Mysterio/Quentin Beck
Angela Bryant Calypso
Max Burkholder Billy Connors
Robert Costanzo Sullivan Edwards
John DiMaggio Hammerhead
Sandman/Flint Marko
Benjamin Diskin Venom/Eddie Brock
Charles Duckworth Hobie Brown
Robert Englund Vulture/Adrian Toomes
Crispin Freeman Electro/Max Dillon
Elisa Gabrielli Ashley Kafka
Brian George Aaron Warren
Miles Warren
Dorian Harewood Bromwell
Tricia Helfer Black Cat/Felicia Hardy
Kelly Hu Sha Shan Nguyen
Clyde Kusatsu Ted Twaki
Phil LaMarr Joseph Robertson
Randy Robertson
Ricochet/Fancy Dan
Stan Lee Stan
Eric Lopez Molten Man/Mark Allan
Jane Lynch Joan Jameson
Peter MacNicol Doctor Octopus/Otto Octavius
James Remar Walter Hardy
Kevin Michael Richardson Davis
Tombstone
Kath Soucie Martha Connors
Anna Watson
Eric Vesbit Kraven the Hunter/Sergei Kravinoff
B. J. Ward Waters
Greg Weisman Donald Menkin
Thomas F. Wilson Stan Carter
Edward Asner Ben Parker
Irene Bedard Jean DeWolff
Nikki Cox Silver Sable
Jim Cummings Crusher Hogan
Keith David Tombstone
Bill Fagerbakke Morris Bench
Miguel Ferrer Silvermane
Danny Trejo Ox
Courtney B. Vance Roderick Kingsley

Edward Asner previously voiced J. Jonah Jameson while Jim Cummings played Shocker on Spider-Man. Jane Lynch played an Oscorp Executive on Spider-Man: The New Animated Series.

EpisodesEdit

The series ran between March 8th, 2008 and March 18th, 2009 for twenty-six episodes.

ReceptionEdit

In January 2009, IGN dubbed the series the 30th best animated television series. It beat Spider-Man at 84 and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends at 59. X-Men is the only Marvel series to beat this series at 13.[3]

In July 2013, IGN ranked the series the twenty-first animated series for adults.[4]

The episode "Final Curtain" received an Annie Award nomination in Storyboarding in a Television Production.[5]

Proposed StoriesEdit

As with any series that is cancelled, there are a number of ideas that were planned but never used. Responding to a question about the show's future, Weisman said neither Hobgoblin nor Scorpion were designed even though their alter-egos were seen and mentioned, respectively. Though he did say he had lots of plans for Hobgoblin but refused to say what they were.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Sony No Longer Producing Spectacular Spider-Man; Studio Loses Spidey TV Rights at IGN.com
  2. Ultimate Spider-Man Comes to TV at IGN.com
  3. 30. The Spectacular Spider-Man IGN.com Top 100 Animated Series
  4. The Top 25 Animated Series for Adults at IGN
  5. "The Spectacular Spider-Man" Garners Annie Award Nomination, Weisman Comments at Marvel Animation Age
  6. Ask Greg at Gargoyles

External linksEdit


Spider-Man series
Pre-MAU Spider-ManSpider-WomanSpider-ManSpider-Man and His Amazing Friends
MAU Spider-ManSpider-Man Unlimited
Post-MAU Spider-Man: The New Animated SeriesThe Spectacular Spider-ManUltimate Spider-Man

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