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Spider-Man in various other media.

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Television

Official appearances

Spider-Man television series Spider-Man has been adapted to television many times, as a short-lived live-action television series, a Japanese tokusatsu series, and several animated cartoon series. There were also the "Spidey Super Stories" segments on the PBS educational series The Electric Company, which featured a Spider-Man (played by Danny Seagren) who did not speak out loud but instead used only word balloons.

Spider-Man's first cartoon series ran from 1967-1970. It became known famous for its catchy theme song, which begins, "Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can..."

From 1978-1979, Nicholas Hammond starred as Peter Parker in the live-action television series The Amazing Spider-Man.

Two Spider-Man cartoons aired on television in 1981: the syndicated series Spider-Man which ran for one twenty-six episode season, and the more popular Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, which aired on the NBC network for three seasons (ultimately totaling twenty-four episodes).

Spider-Man in the 1990s animated series
Spider-Man in the 1990s animated series

Perhaps as a bit of foreshadowing, Spider-man's hand appears shooting a web to save a citizen in the Third season X-Men Episode "Phoenix Saga 5 Child Of Light", This episode aired just months before The web-swinger's longest-running show, Spider-Man, which ran five seasons from 1994-1998, totaling 65 episodes, on Fox Broadcasting's afternoon programming block, "Fox Kids". That series continued as Spider-Man Unlimited the following year.

In 2003, MTV aired a 13-episode Spider-Man CGI series based loosely on the film continuity, Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, developed by Mainframe Entertainment.

Peter Parker made a cameo in the Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes episode "Frightful." Johnny Storm hires him to make him look good

A new series, The Spectacular Spider-Man, premiered on March 8, 2008. In its first season it received critical acclaim and rocketed to the top of the ratings. Spider-Man/Peter Parker is voiced by Josh Keaton.

Film

Spider-Man film series

  • 3 Dev Adam: An unofficial 1973 Turkish film featuring Spider-Man as a villain fighting against Captain America and Santo.
  • Spider-Man: On May 3, 2002, the feature film Spider-Man was released. It was directed by Sam Raimi and stars actor Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker. The film uses various CGI effects to bring Spider-Man to life. Although the film adaptation took liberties with the character's history and powers—notably, he was bitten by a genetically modified rather than a radioactive spider, had organic web-shooters rather than mechanical ones, and had a long-standing crush on Mary Jane Watson—it was generally held to be true to the character and was widely embraced by the viewing public. It opened at a record US $114.8 million and earned more than US $403 million in the U.S. and Canada, the highest North American gross of any film released that year, though surpassed internationally (see 2002 in film). The villain of this film was the Green Goblin portrayed by Willem Dafoe.
  • Spider-Man 2 was 2004's second-most financially successful movie in North America and third internationally (see 2004 in film). It premiered in more North American movie theaters (4,152) than any previous movie. Its original opening day was July 2nd, 2004, but was moved to June 30th, 2004. Its first-day gross (US$40.5 million) surpassed its predecessor's US$39.4 million record. Spider-Man 2 was also the first motion picture released in the Sony Universal Media Disc format for the PlayStation Portable, included free with the first one million PSP systems released in the United States. The villain of the film was Doctor Octopus, portrayed by Alfred Molina.
  • Spider-Man 3 began production in 2005 under director Raimi. The studio released the film on May 4, 2007, on a budget reported to be more than US$250 million. The film features three villains: the Sandman/Flint Marko (portrayed by Thomas Haden Church), the New Goblin/Harry Osborn (portrayed by James Franco), and Venom/Eddie Brock (portrayed by Topher Grace). Bryce Dallas Howard plays Gwen Stacy. The plot centers on Peter and MJ's relationship problems, which are exacerbated by the arrival of an alien symbiote that takes over Spider-man's costume and, despite enhancing his powers, also amplifies his anger, arrogance and other negative personality traits. Despite mixed reviews by critics, Spider-Man 3 opened to record-breaking sales with $59 million on its first day.

All of the official Spider-Man films rank among the list of highest-grossing films.

Novels and books

Spider-Man features in three original Marvel novels published in the 1970s by Pocket Books. In the 1990s, Byron Preiss published a series of novels based on Marvel Comics, edited by Keith R. A. DeCandido, and written by various authors including Adam-Troy Castro, Tom DeFalco, and Diane Duane; Preiss also published two Spider-Man short-story anthologies. Byron Preiss' license eventually lapsed, and the new licensee, Pocket Star (an imprint of Pocket Books), released Down These Mean Streets, by DeCandido, in 2005. In 2006, they released The Darkest Hours by Jim Butcher, and in 2007, they published Drowned in Thunder by Christopher L Bennett. Some of the Preiss novels were team-ups with other Marvel characters (including the X-Men, Iron Man, and the Hulk), while others were solo adventures. All were set in the comic book continuity, but are not canonical, although they have been referenced in Marvel handbooks. However, the Byron Preiss novels shared a common continuity and occasionally referenced events in earlier novels, while later novels included a time-line.

A number of Spider-Man children's books have also been published, from early readers and picture books to novels. Guide books such as DK Publishing's Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide, by Tom DeFalco, are also common.

Newspaper strip

Spider-Man has long been the subject of a comic strip produced by Marvel and syndicated by King Features. The strip is known as The Amazing Spiderman and is the only official instance in which the name is not always hyphenated.

Games and toys

Spider-Man computer and video games

Spider-Man float buildering in Mission Street, San Francisco, in May 2002 at the time of the release of the first Spider-Man movie
Spider-Man float buildering in Mission Street, San Francisco, in May 2002 at the time of the release of the first Spider-Man movie

Dozens of computer and video games starring Spider-Man, based on comics, animation, and movies, have been released for over 15 different gaming platforms. Spider-Man editions of Monopoly, chess, pinball, and many other games have also been made. Spider-Man has been included in every Marvel expansion of the tabletop miniature game Heroclix released to date. Spider-Man cards have been included in both the Overpower and VS System card games.

According to ToyFare magazine, more action figures of Spider-Man have been released than any other character except Batman. The first major Spider-Man toy was the 1966 Captain Action Spider-Man by Ideal, a costume made for the 12 inch Captain Action figure. It is estimated only 17-22 exist in the original box. ToyFare listed this Spider-Man as the most valuable action figure at $15,000 and up.

Numerous other Spider-Man action figures have been produced, from the Secret Wars line from Mattel, to the more recent from Toy Biz, (especially in the Spider-Man Classics line, Spider-Man movie lines and the Marvel Legends line). Lego and Minimates versions have also been made. Over 7800 toys, collectibles and miscellaneous memorabilia are in existence.

Real-life Spider-Men

Real-life "Spider-Men" include:

  • "Spider Dan" Goodwin climbed the glass of two Chicago skyscrapers, the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center, using suction cups in 1981.
  • Alain Robert, nicknamed Spiderman, is a rock and urban climber who has scaled more than 70 tall buildings using his hands and feet, without using additional devices. He sometimes wears a Spider-Man suit during his climbs. In May 2003, he was paid approximately $18,000 to climb the 312-foot Lloyd's of London building to promote the premiere of the movie Spider-Man on the British television channel Sky Movies.
  • 'The Human Spider', alias Bill Strother, scaled the Lamar Building in 1921.
  • Fathers 4 Justice member David Chick used a Spider-Man outfit to obtain publicity for fathers' rights

Spider-Man in music

  • The catchy original Spider-Man cartoon theme song has been covered and reinterpreted by numerous musical acts, including The Mr. T Experience, Ramones, Aerosmith, Michael Bublé, Moxy Früvous and Tenacious D. The 2002 and 2004 movies have featured buskers performing the song; Jayce Bartok and Elyse Dinh respectively.
  • In 1972, Buddah Records released "Spider-Man: From Beyond The Grave," a rock musical story LP record with an included wordless comic strip for listeners to follow. Kingpin appears as the villain and Dr. Strange guest stars.
  • In 1975 Ramsey Lewis released a single titled "What's the Name of this Funk? (Spider Man)" .
  • In 1975 Marvel Comics and Lifesong Records released an album entitled, "Spider-Man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero." It contained songs of various styles altered to elucidate certain moments and feelings of Spider-Man's origin, such as "No One's Got a Crush on Peter" and "Peter Stays and the Spider-Man Goes" interspersed with narration clips by Stan Lee.
  • In 1983, Muse Records released Woody Shaw's jazz version of "Spider-Man Blues", based on the television theme, on Shaw's "Setting Standards" album.
  • In 1992, the Italian rock band 883 made it to the European charts with a song called "Hanno ucciso l'uomo ragno" (They killed Spider-Man) from an album of the same name, describing how after the death of the superhero, the streets are being overrun by gangs of stressed accountants in double-breasted suits.
  • The 1993 Wu-Tang Clan song "Protect Ya Neck" includes the lyric "Swingin through your town like your neighborhood Spider-Man".
  • In 1994, Joe Perry of Aerosmith wrote and performed the theme song for the Fox Kids Spider-Man animated series. Joe Perry is noted fan of Spider-Man.
  • in 1998 Michale Graves wrote the song "Spider-Man" (aka The Spider-Man Song aka Spider-Man Save Me) while still in The Misfits. It is yet to be officially released, although he has played this song live in every band he's played in since. On his 2006 solo release, Return to Earth, Michale again mentions Spider-Man in the song "Butchershop".
  • In 2002 Nelly performed a song called "Spida Man," on his double album Sweat/Suit.
  • The 2003 "Weird Al" Yankovic album Poodle Hat has a track entitled "Ode to a Superhero". It is a parody of the Billy Joel song "Piano Man", and recounts the events of the 2002 film.
  • A soundtrack album and score was released with each of the two Spider-Man films. The two soundtracks were mainly songs thematically linked to the film, performed by popular rock acts. Both soundtracks included hit singles (notably "Hero" by Chad Kroeger and Josey Scott, "Bother" by Corey Taylor (of Stone Sour and Slipknot), and "Vindicated" by Dashboard Confessional. The two scores were composed by Danny Elfman.
  • For the second Spiderman film, Michael Bublé recorded a big band version of the Spider-Man theme.
  • Danish pop group, Aqua, mention Spider-Man in the chorus of their single, Cartoon Heroes.
  • In his 2005 album, Lost and Found,Will Smith uses the theme music from the 80's Spider-Man cartoon series in his song "Here he Comes". This song was produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff.
  • In their 2005 album "Animetal Marathon VII", Japanese heavy metal band Animetal cover the opening of the 1970s tokusatsu adaptation.
  • In his 2006 album, Kingdom Come, Jay-Z raps "Peter Parker: Spider-Man, all I do is climb the charts".
  • J-pop singer DJ Ozma heavily dedicates Spider-Man in his 2007 single "Spiderman." The music video for song features a club full of dancers wearing black Spider-Man masks and a man dressed in a white Spider-Man suit.
  • There is also an underground song called Crank Dat Spiderman. In this song Spiderman is a sexual action in which the male ejaculates in his hand and throws it into the female's face like Spider-Man's web.
  • Three Days Grace's song "Animal I Have Become" has been contributed to Spider-Man. It pertains to the Black Suit Spider-Man.
  • The British indie pop band Los Campesinos mention Spiderman in their song entitled Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats
  • The British pop band The Cure mention Spiderman many times in their song "Lullaby"

Parodies

  • Spider-Man has been made into a short comic parody in the 1980s called, Peter Porker: The Spectacular Spider-Ham. All the characters are animals, such as, Peter Porker (a pig), J. Jonah Jackelope (a Jackelope), and Dr. Octopussycat (a cat - and spoof of the James Bond film Octopussy).


Spitter-Man, a popular Moron Comics mascot from the comic The Annoying Spitter-Man, is a parody of Spider-Man.


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