Spider-Man - The '67 Collection (6 Volume Animated Set)
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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 first season of episodes (20 shows, 38 individual stories total), I think, are still the most remembered and most cherished of the series, with Spidey taking on famous villains like The Green Goblin, Dr. Octopus, Electro, The Vulture, ect. While the later seasons, which were exec. produced, directed, as well as story supervised by Ralph "Lord of The Rings - The Animated Motion Picture" Bakshi, are a mixed bag of strange trippy imagery, with some plot points in them that just make you scratch your head in bewilderment. There are some gems in there though. Besides the "Origin" Episode (#21), which is definitely a standout, other highlights by Bakshi include, "Home" (#34), a story about a woman who also has spider powers (no, it's not Spider-Woman), "Criminals In The Clouds" (#24) which involves the kidnapping of a high school student by the villainous Sky Master, "The Madness of Mysterio" (#48), a rare original Season Three episode involving the famous villain, only looking completely different and having green skin. And speaking of green skin, what was Bakshi's fetish with green skinned villains anyway? Just about all of them were green with a few exceptions. And the irony is that he never once used The Green Goblin in any of his episodes.
Most of the last season was just a rehash of earlier episodes, remixed and redubbed to seem like new episodes.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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Buena Vista I guess, could only work with what they had at the time. Money could have been better spent on only ONE "IN COLOR" intro PER DISC in favor of chronologically... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scott A. Strother
It's just when I used to watch it as a kid. I bought it so my daughter could enjoy it also.Published 1 month ago by Angie Baltierra
I've Had This For Years. I Also Own The Amazing Spider man 1979 TV Show I Bought At A Comic Book Convention Years Ago, Wasn't Cheap Either. .Published 3 months ago by frankie dymond
This is a great set of the classic television series I grew up on: this is Spiderman to me. My son recently saw Tobey Maquire's Spiderman for the first time and liked it but the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JAZ_5th5
I really dident like it so I returned it.I wasent to happy that they only sent half of the purchase price back.I can understand a stocking fee but half come on. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Larry B.
It has all the episode I watched as a kid and I now get to share them with my children. The pictures are clear, not fuzzy like a lot to the old cartoons. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I saw at least one disc and it's a super cartoon,i saw this cartoon on tv back in the day.it's still good to me.thanks albert.can people pray for our cat pooky.thanks albert.Published 8 months ago by Albert Carpenter
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