Monday, April 28, 2014

Spectacular Spider-Man Animated Series


The Spectacular Spider-Man series surprised a lot of people. It used a very simplistic art style, which at first was bemoaned over -- but it quickly became apparent that this art choice was decided on for a reason: quick, smooth, and elegant fight scenes became the norm for this series. Add onto that the faithful interpretation of Spider-Man's early years by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and the series became a fan favorite.


Sadly, it didn't go past 2 seasons. It nicely wrapped much of the story up, in the course of 26 episodes -- but the acquisition of Marvel by Disney put an end to this series continuing any further. (Which is a real shame, given the lack-luster animated series they have produced thus far, under Disney's control.)


Still - this is a great series, and for what it produced it should be celebrated for. Thats why I was so happy to find out the entire series has been put onto Blueray. No more hunting for 8 different DVD volumes (which many fans hated) - but instead you get the whole batch together, along with a few special features.

You can find the series on DVD, here on Amazon. When I ordered a copy, it sold for only $25 - which is a pretty sweet deal.

To give you an example of how cool the series is, instead of talking about it, I thought I'd just show you some clips of the series I found on Youtube.

This video, below, shows different highlights from the series



This shows an amazing fight between Spider-Man and the Sinister Six (when Spidey was using the Black Costume at the time.)



Final Fight Between Spider-Man and Venom




Now all they need to do is release DVDs, or Bluerays, of the 90s "Spider-Man Animated Series" Thats the one I grew up on - and I can't fathom for the life of me why they haven't been released yet. Still, until then, this series will serve as a fine substitute for my Spidey-Fix.

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