Spider-Man - The '67 Collection (6 Volume Animated Set)
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Here they are -- all 52 episodes of Spider-Man's original 1967 classic television series, now completely restored in full color and bursting with spectacular Spidey action! Experience every amazing moment of Spider-Man's first appearance on TV in the animated series that electrified Saturday morning audiences from 1967-1970. Featuring the Web-Slinger's greatest foes, including Dr. Octopus, The Green Goblin, Mysterio, The Rhino, Dr. Magneto, and so many more.
Eight years before Tobey Maguire was born, the animated Spider-Man spun his first web across America's television screens. The program ran from 1967 through 1970 on ABC, and imprinted its theme song, "Spider-Man, Spider-Man/ Does whatever a spider can / Spins a web, any size / Catches thieves--just like flies" on a generation of viewers.
The comic book Spider-Man, who debuted in Marvel's Amazing Fantasy in 1962, epitomized the superhero as antihero. During his battles with bizarre villains, Peter Parker was beset by self-doubts and personal problems. The animated Spider-Man was a straightforward action superhero who was too busy performing weird stunts like fashioning a boat and motor out of spider webs to worry or agonize.
From the opening titles that announce the program is "in COLOR," Spider-Man feels dated. When he fights Electro, Spidey can fend off blasts of electricity because he's added "just a little asbestos to my web liquid"; when he discovers the extent of his new powers, Peter dreams of a spot on The Ed Sullivan Show. Although the directors include Ralph Bakshi and former Disney artist Clyde Geronimi, the animation is extremely limited. The same shots of Spiderman swinging over New York appear again and again. But these limits probably won't trouble nostalgic adults who grew up watching Spider-Man on Saturday mornings: "Wherever there's a hang-up / You'll find the Spider-Man!" (Unrated, suitable for ages 7 and older: cartoon violence, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
- All 52 episodes as broadcasted from 1967-70, restored and in full color
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The DVDs are numbered one to 6, and the episodes burned on each disk are in the same order as they were broadcast. Because the first 2 disks and the first half of the third were done by another company, I'm not as fond of the artwork or music that accompanied those episodes as the ones when Ralph Bakshi took over. I understand that he caught some heat from people who felt that he oversaw alot of regurgitating scenes and even whole episodes as the series continued. But he took over when budget cutbacks forced the producers to step away from the previous animation group. Bakshi did what he could with the budget he was given and the time to produce them in. Some even slammed Bakshi for not following the comics for the stories. But to me, Baksi's episodes are the most fun! Look at the color and the types of creatures Krantz animation produced, and how sinister the episodes seemed. Before I knew what other said about these, I felt like I was on some kind of mental trip with the colors and music. All the arch rivals wind up wanting to rule the world (or swamps and even an island) and talk about making slaves of the people. And check how many times Spidey talks about hallucinations in the Bakshi cartoons. Spidey even falls into a bed of mushrooms in at least one toon!
The DVDs are very sparse in any extras, except for the "In Color" lead they played for each episode, but each DVD is around 3 hours, they say. It gets old seeing the lead- in and end credits for each of the -- what -- over 50 episodes? But they are keeping the cartoons in their original content, and not changing voices or other sounds, like the original music.
About the original music... I had thought that the episodes done by Krantz animation were the first ones, probably because one of them was "The Origin of Spider- Man." The artwork seemed so much more involved and in- depth, and the music seemed more expansive. What incredible music, by Ray Ellis and Bob Harris. Everyone knows the theme music, but I want you to try that gorgeous, rich, full background music they jammed, especially in disk 4 and the least half of disk 3, just to get a feel of how they must have loved doing those jam sessions! WOW. The sound is mono (the original sound was), but the music fills your spirit. Try the background jams to Molemen and Neptune's Nose Cone (my favorite) in DVD #4.
The story line seemed so weak by the 6th DVD. I don't remember all these episodes in the reruns I watched. But the decision to release these DVDs is outstanding. I'm happy to have this, finally.
I only wondered, what in the world did my parents ever think about the cartoon series when they walked by the TV set to see all the weird scenes, monsters and green- faced enemies, along with all those comments about hallucinations?!
I especially like (contrary to what I have read from others) the Ralph Bakshi trippy-dippy looking episodes, with the unusual villains, odd-colored psychedelic skies, and the late '60's sounding, psychedelic music that accompanied the Bakshi episodes.
I think Bakshi was a visionary. It's as though he knew people would appreciate his trippy Spiderman episodes later in life when you are older. The pre-Bakshi episodes are perhaps more for children. But, I love those regular Spiderman villains more that Bakshi's unusual Spiderman villains. But, I love Bakshi's more adult psychedelic animation.
ONE COMPAINT - CONCERNING THE BAKSHI EPISODE WITH THE "ATLANTIAN" UNDERWATER VILLAIN, WHO SUBMERGED MANHATTAN ISLAND UNDER THE RIVER UNTIL SPIDERMAN SAVED THE DAY: DOES ANYONE ELSE'S "ATLANTIAN" EPISODE APPEAR EXTREMELY POOR IN QUALITY?, THE ENTIRE EPISODE IS RATHER 'FUZZY' AND OUT OF FOCUS. IT'S AS IF THEY FORGOT TO CLEAN UP THIS EPISODE.
It doesn't really matter, that episode is too bizarre, too dark, just too far off in left field, anyways, even for me. (I do, however, love, the Molemen episode, when Spiderman swings underground, after the building goes underground. And I love the evil Socercer episode. He is the one with the power in his septer (if that's even how you spell 'septer', I don't know). And I really, love the Bakshi episode with his own version of Mysterio. Baksi's Mysterio looks like a normal man with glasses (oh, yes, and he is green!). I love their battle sequence using that amusement park. He is not the Mysterio dressed up with the cape and bubble helmet).
Other than the very bad, very 'fuzzy' graphics of the "Atlantian' episode. This dvd compilation is a must for those who love older tv shows from the 60's and 70's.
WHEN WILL THE 'ULTRA MAN' SHOW FROM THE 60'S AND THE 'SIX-MILLION DOLLAR MAN' SHOW COME TO DVD???????????????
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