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Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (intertitle)
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Genre(s): Action/Adventure

Rating:

TV-Y7
Created by: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby

Voices of:

Dan Gilvezan, Kathy Garver, Frank Welker, Stan Lee, Dick Tufeld

No. of seasons:

3

No. of episodes:

24

Running time:

22 minutes

Original run:

September 12, 1981 – September 10, 1983

Network(s):

NBC

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends is a 1981 animated TV series produced by Marvel Productions starring three established Marvel Comics characters which were Spider-Man, Iceman and (at the time) an original superhero, Firestar.

Takes place in Earth-8107.

PlotEdit

Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Bobby Drake (Iceman), and Angelica Jones (Firestar) are all college students at Empire State University. After working together to defeat the Beetle and recovering the "Power Booster" he stole from Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) the trio decide to team-up permanently as the "Spider-Friends". They live together in Peter's Aunt May's home with her and a pet dog, Ms. Lion, (adopted from Firestar) a Lhasa Apso. Together, the superheroes battle various supervillains.

Some stories featured team-ups with other characters from the Marvel Universe, including Captain America, Iron Man, Sunfire, and the mid-1970s X-Men.

EpisodesEdit

EpisodesEdit

Season 1Edit

  1. Triumph of the Green Goblin
  2. The Crime of All Centuries
  3. The Fantastic Mr. Frump
  4. Sunfire
  5. Swarm
  6. Seven Little Superheroes
  7. Videoman
  8. Prison Plot
  9. Spidey Goes Hollywood
  10. The Vengeance of Loki
  11. Knights and Demons
  12. Pawn of the Kingpin
  13. The Quest of the Red Skull

Season 2Edit

  1. The Origin of Iceman
  2. Along Came A Spidey
  3. A Firestar Is Born

Season 3Edit

  1. Spider-Man Unmasked
  2. The Transylvanian Connection
  3. Education Of A Superhero
  4. Attack of the Arachnoid
  5. The Origin of the Spider-Friends
  6. Spidey Meets the Girl From Tomorrow
  7. The X-Men AdventureMission:Save The Guardstar
  8. Mission: Save The Guardstar

AdaptationEdit

The first comic book that directly referenced the Amazing Friends show was Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends #1 (December 1981), a one-shot that adapted the pilot episode, "The Triumph of the Green Goblin". Though the comic version altered the story to bring it in line with established Marvel Universe continuity (such as making the Green Goblin identity a costume as in the comics, rather than a physical transformation as in the episode), it was not considered part of said continuity. It is notable as the first appearance of Firestar in a Marvel Comics story, though the version of Firestar that exists within Marvel continuity would not appear until Uncanny X-Men #193 (May 1985). The story was later reprinted as Marvel Action Universe #1 (January 1989), released to coincide with the airing of Amazing Friends reruns on the television series of the same name.

Marvel Mash-UpEdit

  • Scenes from Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man series were re-cut, edited, and re-dubbed into funny shorts as part of Disney XD's "Marvel Mash-Up" shorts for their "Marvel Universe on Disney XD"  that includes Ultimate Spider-Man and T'he Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

NetflixEdit

  • The series was viewable via Netflix starting in the Summer of 2011.

ReceptionEdit

  • In January 2009, IGN named Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends as the 59th best in the Top 100 Animated Series list.

TriviaEdit

  • Neil Ross provided the voice for Norman Osborn in both Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and the Spider-Man (1994) animated series.
  • The makers of the show had originally intended the stars to be Spider-Man, Iceman, and the Human Torch. However, legal issues about the rights to the Human Torch character (which had also plagued Marvel once before for the 1978 Fantastic Four cartoon) led to the Human Torch being replaced by a new character, Firestar, who had similar powers, but was a mutant, similar to Iceman.
  • In pre-production, Firestar's codename changed many times. The unused names include Firefly, Starblaze, and Heatwave.
  • In the 1984 film, Missing In Action with Chuck Norris, an episode of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends is shown on a television. The name of that episode is called The Prison Plot.
  • Some of the sound effects used were originally used in Universal Television's Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers.
  • The show was somewhat adapted in the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book series, starting in Ultimate Spider-Man (Volume 1) #118 when Spider-Man, Iceman and the Human Torch all lived with Aunt May and fought crime together.

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