Spider-Man Strikes Back (1978 TV Movie)
With Spider-Man currently leaping into headlines around the Internet following his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War [watch it here], a lot is being said about his costume. While it certainly evokes that Ditko style of the 1960s, there are some who think it’s the worst costume the character has ever worn. The animated eyes haven’t seemed to help matters [read the Flickering Myth reaction here].
So why don’t we take a trip down memory lane and look at other big-screen versions of your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man…
1978’s Spider-Man Strikes Back
The above image is taken from a TV movie which span off from the 1977 TV series The Amazing Spider-Man. The pilot episode was released as a feature film, but several episodes of the shows were re-edited together to create Spider-Man Strikes Back (a full two years before The
However, nearly thirty years before The Evil Dead auteur finally put a human (as opposed to animated) version of our favourite webhead on the big screen, Spidey had made his live action debut on the small screen in 1974 in a series of short skits on the popular children's show The Electric Company. Played by puppeteer Danny Seagren, these three minute sketches which spanned a three year period
It wouldn't be the first time the web-head has crawled into our living rooms on a weekly basis. He first appeared on September 9th 1967 in animated form for a three-year, 52-episode run that was reasonably faithful to the mythology, and which introduced the world to the now famous Spider-Man theme tune, later covered by none other than The Ramones on their 1995 album 'Adios Amigos'!
The web-head returned in 1974 for a series of short skits over a three-year period on
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