A new Spider-Man cartoon is on the air, so here’s a refresher on Peter Parker’s decades on TV…
In case you didn’t know, there’s a new Spider-Man cartoon on the air titled Ultimate Spider-Man. Drawing inspiration from the comic series of the same name, it picks up on the storyline of Peter getting some SHIELD training to make him the best darn Spidey he can be. Of course in the comics that choice ultimately lead to his death, but we’re betting that won’t happen until at least season 3.
Here’s an extended trailer for it:
It’s obviously aimed at a younger audience than, say, DC’s recent PG-13 direct to DVD releases, but don’t count it out yet. Creative leads on the show include Ultimate Spider-Man comic mastermind Brian Michael Bendis and DC Animated Universe co-creator Paul Dini, along with several other well-known comic creators. And the perfect J Jonah Jameson, JK Simmons, reprises the role for the cartoon. Of course, Spidey is voiced by Drake Bell of Drake & Josh fame, so lets not get too excited.
My early impression are mostly positive, as it takes the world mostly seriously, with fun cartoony moments that remind me of the Teen Titans American anime. Plus, if this series can finally make Nova famous with the masses, it has earned a free pass in my book.
But did you know Spider-Man has been on TV for almost fifty years? That’s right, he has spun webs in about a dozen shows, and some were insanely better than others that were excruciating to watch. See all the intros in one helpful video:
Here’s a short ranking of all those Spidey shows from best to worst: Japanese Spider-Man cause it’s insane, 1994 Spider-Man cuz of good stories with shitty animation, 1967 Spider-Man because of the theme song, Spectacular Spider-Man cuz better animation, MTV Spider-Man cuz good stories with dated CGI, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends cuz Ms Lion, Spider-Man 1981 cuz no Ms Lion, Spider-Man Unlimited is a shitty costume and unneeded reboot, 1970s Live Action Spider-Man is an abortion.
How could you possibly disagree with that ranking? Why not tell me in the comments?