The first animated adaptation of the comic book featured an ace theme song that has become synonymous with the character. Unfortunately, not everything about this series was as well-realised: note Spidey’s costume which, due to budget constraints, only features webbing on the head, arms and boots.
The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)
You can’t please all of the people all of the time, but this live-action take on the Marvel creation failed to impress anyone, including Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee. Nicholas Hammond, who played Friedrich von Trapp in the film of The Sound of Music, took on the role of Peter Parker and his wall-crawling alter ego.
This cartoon certainly made up for the lack of supervillains in the live-action version of 1977. Here, Spider-Man took on – amongst others – Doctor Octopus, the Kingpin, the Lizard and the Green Goblin, while Peter Parker balanced crimefighting with his responsibilities as a university student.
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981)
College boy Peter Parker teamed up with Bobby Drake (Iceman) and Angelica Jones (Firestar) to battle the bad guys in this fondly remembered series. The “Spider-Friends”, as they were known, also encountered various other heroes from the Marvel universe including Iron Man, Captain America and the mid-1970s line-up of the X Men.
This is still the longest-running series based on Spider-Man with a total of five seasons and 65 episodes. As well as tussling with classic villains (yes, the Green Goblin, the Lizard and the Kingpin all feature), Peter Parker must also contend with the romantic advances of Mary Jane Watson, Felicia Hardy and her alter ego, the Black Cat. Its theme was performed by Joe Perry of Aerosmith.
After being stuck in development hell for nearly 25 years, this Sam Raimi-directed movie starred Tobey Maguire as the web slinger and Kirsten Dunst as love interest Mary Jane Watson. Its success meant that two sequels were spawned, which followed in 2004 and 2007 respectively.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
And now comes this reboot, which finds Andrew Garfield replacing Toby Maguire in the lead role. Here, Peter Parker’s powers are evolving during his years at high school as he tries to discover the truth behind the death of his parents.
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