What is your alltime favorite Spiderman show?

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What is your All-Time favorite Spider-man Show?

  • Spider Man Unlimited (1999)

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I realize all the series are based on the comics, but I found Spectacular was really poor and it’s adaptations stank. Such as it’s take on the Alien Costume/Venom Original. Aside from the one scene that takes place inside Peter’s head, the rest was a very poor and sloppily made R.I.P. of the Season 1 three-parter from the 90’s series. In the 90’s series it was fresh (Venom had never appeared before in animation because he was a late-80’s addition, and the 90’s show only used very little of the Secret Wars Original comic in the aired story) whereas Spectacular it seems someone was a fan of that story from the 90’s series and just put the Venom Saga DVD or got the script from Marvel and just copied the show.

Plus the animation had zero weight or dimensional it’s behind it. I’m reminded of the commentary for the Disney Silly Symphony “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas” on the “More Silly Symphonies” Treasures DVD, and how right at the start of the cartoon you see elves throwing hay into the reindeers stalls, and the commentator mentioned how Disney was able to portray the ‘weight’ of the hay on the pitchforks and the elves straining to throw the hay.

Spectacular conveyed none of that and smelt like milk that had been left out for a month.
I agree with Trevor though, in that Spectacular, aside from giving us very well-rounded antagonists, really didn't do all that much new in terms of storytelling. I felt like Ultimate did a lot of unique take on Spider-Man's stories and characters, for better or for worse, that made it more enjoyable for me.
That being said, I respect both of your opinions.

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A touch choice to be sure. I mean, the cartoons from the 1960s-1980s are fun to watch, but not that strong in storytelling from what I remember. Spiderman The Animated Series is a well written show, but it has shown some of its age and some noticeable narm. I barely remember anything from the 1999 and 2003 cartoons, which is probably partly why they were screwed over by their respective networks. I do think Spectacular Spiderman is the most consistently solid, but it was cancelled before allowing itself to really shine. Ultimate Spiderman, for all its flaws, is at least interesting by premise, and got better as it went on. As for the current 2017 cartoon, I find it like an interesting mix of Spectacular Spiderman and Miles From Tomorrowland, which also makes it interesting. I'd probably go for all 3 cartoons from 2008 onward.

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I have three favorites: Spectacular, and the 80s cartoons. Out of pity I opted to vote for the mostly unrecognized solo Spider-Man cartoon.

Spectacular is easily the biggest mover of emotions of the three, thanks to the way it was tightly written and the care for continuity.

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I've only seen three of these series, which are the 90's Spider-Man series, Spectacular Spider-Man and Ultimate Spider-Man. Out of the three, Spectacular wins by a landslide. I didn't watch it for the longest time, but when I did, I loved it. It had great writing, good characters and was engaging from start to finish. I heard the hype around it for years and it's one of the few shows that I think did live up to the hype. It's still such a shame that it only got two seasons. I wish it was able to go on longer.

I only vaguely remember watching the 90's Spider-Man series, so I can't really talk about that. I have seen a pretty decent amount of Ultimate Spider-Man and I thought that it was fine. It didn't blow me away usually, but it didn't really turn me off either. There were weird decisions with the writing and the fourth wall breaking could get a bit old, but it was usually pretty entertaining and there were some surprisingly nice character moments from time to time. I didn't quite understand some of the more negative reactions towards the series, but it might help that I didn't see much of the first season and I'm more of a casual watcher of the Marvel animated series too. Still, it was generally fine.


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Spider-man TAS and Spectacular. The former introduced me to the majority of Spidey's world. Nice teamups with other heroes. Though I thought things started to go downhill with the overuse of Kingpin and how it's animation quality degraded as the show went on. The latter was pretty much a love letter to the original Lee/Ditko issues. It took mostly elements from the original comics, a few from the Ultimate comics and combined them with some original stuff to make an interesting show. It was also the first(and so far only) cartoon that Gwen Stacy was a main character.

Though I also that TNAS was decent however I felt it wrote itself into a corner by having it in the same universe as the movies. The lack of important characters like Aunt May and too many original villains. Some of them being knock-offs of villains from the comics.

If had to pick a favorite Spider-Man show...That's a tough one. I used to enjoy Spectacular Spider-Man, until the incredibly rude and purist-obsessed fans ruined that show for me. So I'll go with Ultimate Spider-Man. It had the most likable versions of the characters.
I'm actually starting to feel the same way about Spider-man TAS thanks to it's hardcore and militant fans that praise it to the point of blindly criticizing any other creative version and blindly assume than anyone that likes Spectacular more is a kid.

The thing is that IMO, USM is not what a Spider-Man cartoon is supposed to be. For me, that show feels generic and lacklustre let alone that I really don't like the fourth wall moments for that show (Deadpool does it better) plus I am very tired of the recent Marvel cartoons (the Man of Action produced ones) trying to be like the MCU but that's just me.

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Yeah, one of my flaws with Ultimate is that the majority of the time it doesn't even feel like a Spider-man cartoon. It felt more of a Spider-man team up series where the focus is less on Spidey and his life and more around him working with random super heroes while also dealing with being a lackey for S.H.I.E.L.D. The majority of the time, Spidey wasn't even fighting his own villains. I mean why was Taskmaster in more episodes than actual Spidey foes?
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I thought Spectacular Spider-Man sucked.

For the record, we have yet to get a great, "definitive" Spider-Man series. So I voted for Ultimate Spider-Man simply because it was the least worst option.


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I think The Spectacular Spider-Man is probably the best, but Spider-Man TAS is my favorite.

I'm gonna miss having that show on Hulu cause getting to rewatch it a lot over the last few years really added to my appreciation for the show. Someone else said it in this thread, that show was ambitious for its time and while it's sometimes humorously choppy in several regards it's also very earnestly made and I enjoy it for that. You can tell the people behind the show (much like Spectacular) understood Spider-Man, cared about the world and wanted to try and get across the same ideas in a cartoon. It doesn't matter to me if the animation isn't always great in that show (and I also forgive it because the cheesiness makes me laugh these days), cause the stories usually made up for it and the scope of it all was admirable.


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This is pretty hard for me, 'cause I really like the 60's Spidey, 90's Spidey and Spider-Friends the same.

60's Spidey was pretty close to the comics during the first season, while the second season went a different direction which I really enjoyed (Peter's personal problems were really well highlighted). The third season had some pretty enjoyable episodes, but the rehashes (Conner's Reptiles, The Winged Thing, Rhino, etc.) were kinda confusing.

Spider-Friends was really good at showcasing a teamplayer aspect and chemistry between leads and it had some really entertaining villains with great performances (Shepard Menken as Doom, Michael Rye as Magneto, John Stephenson as Loki and Shocker and Allan Melvin as Electro are some of my favorites). So yeah, Spider-Friends was a lot of fun.

90's Spidey was a pretty ambitious attempt to do a more sophisticated take on Spider-Man and, IMO, it really succeeded. I just enjoy the fast pace of the series and it really was a literal blast to watch. It also had some pretty well-fleshed villains and guest heroes. Yes, there were flaws (every show has them), but overall, the end product is great.

I also want to make a special mention to the 70's live-action TV show, since I kinda liked the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew approach it had and it had my favorite Peter actor of all time (as I explained in the 70's Spidey show thread).

The 80's solo Spidey cartoon tried to do something similar to the 90's cartoon, but I never felt it was as successful at that, and sometimes, it felt a bit bland. Ted Schwartz is kinda hit-and-miss as Spidey. Sometimes, he would bring his A-game, other times, he was a bit bland and miserable-sounding. And some of the villain performances felt a bit generic.

Unlimited was flawed, but I actually liked the character designs in that and the voice acting was pretty solid.

The 2004 MTV cartoon was okay, but it never made an impression on me. Major props for having Peter as a university student, though.

I know a lot of people like Spectacular Spider-Man, but I must admit that I really didn't enjoy it. Too much high-school drama for my taste, and that is not really my cup of tea, and besides, I didn't like the designs. I admit, I'm kinda biased 'cause I prefer University student Peter over High Schooler Peter, so that could be a reason why SSM doesn't work for me.

Ultimate Spider-Man is a mixed bag for me. Some of the humor was pretty off-the-wall, but sometimes, it was a bit too childish. I don't mind that, but still, it gets tiresome. Props on the design work, though.

I haven't seen the recent Spidey cartoon yet, so can't comment on that.
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