Comics On TV: 'The Amazing Spider-Man'


by Ryan Rigley

Production on Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man 2" may have just wrapped, but that doesn't mean we'll be seeing the film anytime soon. Even now that shooting is over, there are still new rumors and theories popping up concerning the film and its lack of actress Shailene Woodley's portrayal of Spidey's main squeeze: Mary Jane Watson. Not to mention the mystery roles that Sarah Gadon and Felicity Jones play in the film.

While we can't wait to see what the "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel has in store for us, we can't help but think back on some of the previous incarnations of everyone's favorite wall-crawler. WAY back! The late 70's, to be more precise, back when the first live-action Spider-Man made his big debut on televisions all across the country.

Click past the jump for more on the "Amazing Spider-Man" TV series!

Series Statistics

Network: CBS

Broadcast Date: 1977 - 1979

Seasons: 2

Episodes: 13

Beginning as a two-hour long pilot, "The Amazing Spider-Man" premiered on the same network that brought us "The Incredible Hulk," "Wonder Woman," and aired low budget films such as "Captain America" and "Doctor Strange." Although the series' initial debut was met with fairly positive reviews and ratings, 22.8 with an average of 16.6 million viewers, the series was canceled by the network in 1978.

In the late 80's, there were several attempts made to revamp the series with a crossover event starring the cast of both "Amazing Spider-Man" and "Incredible Hulk," but unfortunately all plans for such an event were terminated when Bill Bixby died of cancer in 1993. The series was never really considered a success due to the lack of any "real" supervillains. Stan Lee has even previously stated his dislike for the show, calling it "too juvenile" for his tastes; a weird statement to make considering that he has a script consultant credit on every single episode. Check out the original theme song below to see what all the fuss is about!

Notable Episodes

The Amazing Spider-Man

After being bit by a radioactive spider, Peter Parker uses his new found powers to land himself a photography job at the Daily Bugle. He also fights a new age guru that is controlling the minds of innocent civilians and turning them into hardened criminals.

Night of the Clones

During a science convention being held in New York City, a deranged American scientist reveals to the world his successful attempts at cloning a human being. Soon, the clone that the scientist has made of himself turns evil and sets off on a destructive path to clone Spider-Man and conquer the entire city.

The Captive Tower

Taking a page right out of the "Die Hard" playbook, this episode revolves around a group of thieves who steal ten million dollars from a high security building and use the building's computers to trap innocent workers inside. Spider-Man must sneak into the building undetected and stop the burglars before they can bring anyone harm.

The Kirkwood Haunting

Peter Parker is sent to a wealthy old widow's estate by his boss, J. Jonah Jameson. Soon, Peter learns that the widow is being haunted by the ghost of her dead husband, who keeps telling her to give all of her money to a group of men pretending to be paranormal investigators.

The Chinese Web

After being falsely accused of being a spy during World War II, one of J. Jonah Jameson's close friends flees all the way to China to live with his Chinese-American daughter. Peter must prove his boss's friend's innocence all the while battling the henchmen of a nefarious British-Hong Kong businessman.

Still think "The Amazing Spider-Man" is too juvenile? Well then, watch this AMAZING clip of Spider-Man using his Spider-Senses to learn about a science lab that's on fire and then subsequently using a fire extinguisher to put out said fire:

This is Comics On TV, the column that celebrates the classic comic book TV series that blazed the trail for modern day hits like "Arrow," "The Walking Dead" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." If you have any favorite episodes of this week's series, let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!