The Spectacular Spider-Man

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The Spectacular Spider-Man
The Spectacular Spider-Man opening photo.jpg
Premiere March 8, 2008
Finale November 18, 2009
Based on comics by
Stan Lee,
Steve Ditko
Developed by Victor Cook,
Greg Weisman
Network/Provider USA: The CW (season 1),
Disney XD (season 2)
Canada: Teletoon
Style 30-minute animated superhero action
Company Marvel Television,
Culver Entertainment,
Sony Pictures Television
Seasons 2
Episodes 26
Origin USA

The Spectacular Spider-Man is an animated superhero action series that initially aired on the Kids' WB and CW4Kids programming blocks and later on Disney XD. It is the eighth US TV series (and seventh animated series) to be based on the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man. Unlike the previous Spider-Man series, Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, this series doesn't follow the Spider-Man film series continuity. Instead, supervising producer Greg Weisman decided that the series follows the direction and attitude originally established by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

The show begins with Peter Parker starting his junior year at Midtown Manhattan Magnet High School (referred to as M3), having just recently been bitten by a radioactive spider which turned him into Spider-Man. As a superhero, he protects New York City from a whole rogues gallery, including such villains as Vulture, Electro and Dr. Octopus. As Peter Parker, he is trying to lead a normal high schooler's life by hanging out with friends, such as Harry Osborn and Gwen Stacy, and having varying degrees of success with girls, such as Mary Jane Watson, Liz Allan and Betty Brant. He lives with his Aunt May, who is Peter's caretaker after his parents died, and he helps pay the bills by working at the Daily Bugle as a photographer, where he mainly gets pictures of Spider-Man in action.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Josh Keaton Peter Parker / Spider-Man 1 2
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Lacey Chabert Gwen Stacy 1 2
Vanessa Marshall Mary Jane Watson 1 2
Deborah Strang "Aunt May" Parker 1 2
Joshua LeBar Flash Thompson 1 2
James Arnold Taylor Harry Osborn 1 2
Daran Norris J. Jonah Jameson 1 2
Phil LaMarr Rand Robertson 1 2
Robbie Robertson 1 2
Ben Diskin Eddie Brock / Venom 1 2
Peter MacNicol Otto Octavius / Dr. Octopus 1 2
Dee Bradley Baker Dr. Curt Connors / Lizard 1 2
Grey DeLisle Betty Brant 1 2
Sally Avril 1 2
John DiMaggio Hammerhead 1 2
Flint Marko / Sandman 1 2
Alan Rachins Norman Osborn 1 2
Clancy Brown Alex O'Hirn / Rhino 1 2
George Stacy 1 2
Kath Soucie Martha Connors 1 2
Alanna Ubach Liz Allan 1 2
Andrew Kishino Kenny Kong 1 2
Kevin Michael Richardson L. Thompson Lincoln / Tombstone 1 2
Steve Blum Dilbert Trilby 1 2
Green Goblin 1 2
Cree Summer Glory Grant 1 2
Crispin Freeman Max Dillon / Electro 1 2
Brian George Aaron Warren 1 2
Miles Warren 2
Thom Adcox Phineas Mason / Tinkerer 2

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
The CW
Season One March 8, 2008 June 14, 2008 13
Disney XD
Season Two June 22, 2009 November 18, 2009 13

In-Depth

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

History

Originally, the plan was to release each arc, made up of 3 or 4 episodes, on DVD edited together as a "full length adventure", featuring some footage not shown on TV. The first release, Attack of the Lizard, followed this format, featuring the first three episodes of the show edited together, and also included a bonus feature in the way of a music video of the theme song. The next two releases were announced, titled Rise of the Super-Villains and The Goblin Strikes, which were also expected to follow that format. However, when they were released, they were actually titled Volume Two and Volume Three, and featured the individual episodes as-aired. Volume Four soon followed, as did a re-release of the first three episodes, this time titled Volume One and featured the as-aired episodes. It is believed that extra footage was created for the full-length versions of volumes two through four, but this footage has never been released.

Following the release of all of the episodes of the first season released on volumes, The Complete First Season was released, featuring every episode of the first season, along with a couple short featurettes, but missing the extra footage from the full-length versions, and also missing the music video from the Attack of the Lizard/Volume One release.. The second season was then released across volumes five, six, seven and eight. It was assumed a complete second season would then be released, to match the release history of the first season, but one never came about.

Five years after the show ended, and almost four years to the day after the last DVD release, the show was surprisingly released on Blu-ray, apparently in promotion of the theatrical release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The Complete Series features all 26 episodes of the show, as well as all previously released bonus features. Alas, it does not include any of the extra footage for the full-length versions.

DVD

Title Release Discs
Complete Series
The Complete Series October 18, 2016 purchase 8
Season Sets
The Complete First Season July 28, 2009 purchase 2
Episodes Edited Into Movie
Attack of the Lizard
First three episodes
September 9, 2008 purchase 1
Episode Collections
Volume One
First quarter of season one
May 5, 2009 purchase 1
Volume Two
Second quarter of season one
March 17, 2009 purchase 1
Volume Three
Third quarter of season one
March 17, 2009 purchase 1
Volume Four
Fourth quarter of season one
April 28, 2009 purchase 1
Volume Five
First quarter of season two
November 17, 2009 purchase 1
Volume Six
Second quarter of season two
February 16, 2010 purchase 1
Volume Seven
Third quarter of season two
February 16, 2010 purchase 1
Volume Eight
Fourth quarter of season two
April 27, 2010 purchase 1

Blu-ray

Title Release Discs
Complete Series
The Complete Series April 22, 2014 purchase 4

External Sites


The Spider-Man Franchise
Animated TV Shows

Spider-Man (1967)Spider-WomanSpider-Man (1981)Spider-Man and His Amazing FriendsSpider-Man: The Animated SeriesSpider-Man UnlimitedSpider-Man: The New Animated SeriesThe Spectacular Spider-ManUltimate Spider-ManMarvel's Spider-ManMarvel's Spidey and His Amazing Friends

Live Action TV Shows

The Electric Company (Spidey Super Stories segments) • The Amazing Spider-ManSupaidā-Man