Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends was appointment television for me when I was growing up. I was a fan of the solo Spider-Man cartoon and remember thinking it was awesome that the new show featured Iceman as well. I probably would have preferred the Human Torch over Firestar but his rights were tied up at the time. I loved the way the series did not shy away from guest stars and by the end of its run, a good portion of the Marvel Universe had made appearances. That was a precursor to shows like Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and the Bold which have done a great job with universe-building. Another thing I remember is that each episode had its own title card at the beginning, something that Batman: The Animated Series would also use to great effect. It is beyond me why these Spidey series have not come to DVD/Blu-Ray yet... I know that I would snap up season sets in an instant if they were solicited! I used to have some grainy VHS copies, but it would be nice to see some crisp versions of these episodes (especially my favorite "Seven Little Superheroes") after so many years.