The story began before the advent of multimedia and television, movies, wow the Internet; way before this, teenagers used to derive immense satisfaction from comic books-
Superheroes have always been popular among teenagers. Paper comic books were atop this wave of popularity before television shows, movies, or Internet threads about these superheroes were even available. Comic book fans revered
these paperbacks as more than just stories.
The comics actually delved into social, societal, and political thresholds,
reflecting the state of the times they were released.
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Main articles: Iron Man and Iron Man in other media
His guest appearances started in 1981 when Iron Man appeared in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends with William H. Marshall providing his voice. Following a cameo with the rest of
the Avengers in the 1981 solo Spider-Man show, Iron Man returned to animation with that decade’s Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. He made cameo appearances throughout the series, most prominently in “The Origin of the Spider-Friends”, in which Tony Stark is a central character.
Marvel Comic Books – A Reflection of Culture
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Superheroes have always been popular among teenagers. Paper comic books were atop this wave of popularity before television shows, movies, or Internet threads about these superheroes were even available. Comic book fans revered these paperbacks as more than just stories. The comics actually delved into social, societal, and political thresholds, reflecting the state of the times they were released. Ever since first hitting the market, Marvel comic books have enjoyed a position at the top comic world. And, Marvel continues to be the biggest publisher of comics today.
Marvel’s history goes as far back as October 1939 when Martin Goodman commissioned Lloyd Jacquet’s company to publish the first comic book for Marvel. Incidentally, the book was entitled Marvel Comics #1. Marvel sold more than 80,000 copies of its inaugural issue. Seeing the success of its experiment with comics, especially the popularity of its first superhero Human Torch, Marvel introduced its second superhero-Captain America-in 1941.
World War II marked the end of what became known as the “Golden Age” of comic books. Marvel Comics responded to a precipitous decline in the popularity of superhero books, featuring characters such as Captain America, by introducing a new range of humorous books based around characters such as Super Rabbit.
However, the start of Vietnam War revived interest in comic superheroes. This forced Marvel into designing four new superheroes that teamed up as “The Fantastic Four” in the eponymous Marvel comic books. Marvel followed it up with other characters such as X-Men, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Hulk, and the immortalized Spider-Man. These characters are etched into the minds of generations of teenagers and continue to form the basis of several Hollywood blockbusters.
Marvel comics were educational as well as entertaining. Look at them closely and you should notice how they incorporated important issues into their story lines. Drug abuse is a good example of this. Because of this technique, many educators promoted these comics for student use.
Collectors pay a huge price for old comics, even millions of dollars for the rare issues in pristine condition. Ask your grandparents and parents if they have a fortune tucked in a drawer that contains the nostalgic stuff from their childhood. Even the government recognizes the immense influence of superhero comics on pop culture. In 2007, commemorative stamps featuring superhero comic characters were released.
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Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends episode The Prison Plot
later reprinted as Marvel Action Universe #1
TV.com episode entry
“Daredevil In Animation – A Retrospective”. Marvel Animation Age. p. 3.
tv.com. “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends”. Retrieved 2006-04-30.
See also: List of Spider-Man enemies
Advanced Idea Mechanics
Main article: Advanced Idea Mechanics
Although unnamed, some A.I.M. agents made a cameo in the Spider-Man and His Amazing
Friends episode “The X-Men Adventure.”
Main article: Beetle (comics)
The Beetle appeared in the 1980s Saturday morning animated series Spider-Man and His
Amazing Friends voiced by Christopher Collins. The Beetle stole a crime-detection computer
and the Power Booster invented by Tony Stark to increase his power. He was the first villain
that the Spider-Friends faced together in that origin episode.
Brotherhood of Mutants
Main article: Brotherhood of Mutants
The Brotherhood made their first ever appearance in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode entitled “The Prison Plot”. It consisted of Magneto, Toad, The Blob, and Mastermind.
The Spider-Friends are called into action when Magneto appears demanding the release of his
“Brotherhood of Evil Mutants” from jail.
Main article: Blob (comics)
The “massive, immovable Blob” makes a brief appearance in the Spider-Man and His Amazing
Friends episode “The Prison Plot”, when Magneto tries to free him from prison.
Main articles: Magneto (comics) and Magneto in other media
Magneto returned in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (after appearing on an episode of
the 1981 solo Spider-Man TV series), attempting to free his fellow mutants from prison in “The
Prison Plot”. He was voiced by Michael Rye. In spite of his Spider-Man television appearances,
he has appeared in only two issues of a Spider-Man title.
Main article: Mastermind (Jason Wyngarde)
Mastermind made a cameo in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends on a TV monitor, when
Magneto is demanding for The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants to be freed from prison
(“The Prison Plot”). He projects illusions of Mephisto, Psyklop, Annihilus, and Zarathos/Ghost
Rider. Magneto also calls him “The Maestro of Illusion”.
Main article: Toad (comics)
Toad made a cameo in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends on a TV monitor when Magneto
is demanding for The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants to be freed from prison in the episode
“The Prison Plot”. Magneto describes him as “obedient and super-agile”.
Main article: Burglar (comics)
The Burglar appeared in a flashback in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
Main article: Chameleon (comics)
The Chameleon was the featured villain in the “Seven Little Superheroes” episode of
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends voiced by Hans Conreid. He lured Spider-Man,
Iceman, Firestar, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Sub-Mariner and Shanna the She-Devil
(referred to as “Shanna of the Jungle”) to the remote Wolf Island to pick them off one by one.
Main articles: Doctor Doom and Doctor Doom in other media
Dr. Doom’s final 1980s animated appearance was in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
voiced by Shepard Menkin. He appeared in an episode entitled “The Fantastic Mr. Frump!”
Main article: Dracula (Marvel Comics)
He appeared in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode “The Transylvania
Connection” (AKA “The Bride of Dracula”) voiced by Stan Jones.
Main article: Electro (Marvel Comics)
Electro was the main villain in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode Videoman
voiced by Allan Melvin. He later made a cameo appearance in Attack of the Arachnoid.
Main article: Spider-Man_and_His_Amazing_Friends § As_a_villain
In Season 1, Videoman first appeared as a creature, created by Electro. Its abilities include
moving through and manipulating electronic circuits, and Videoman is used by Electro to suck
in and entrap Spider-Man, Flash Thompson, Firestar and Iceman into a video game display
where Electro attempts to destroy the four. However, Flash is able to save himself and the
others by escaping through the monitor and into Electro’s electronic components to save the
others. This first villainous version of Videoman makes one other appearance in Season 2’s
“Origin of Ice-Man”.
Main article: Doctor Faustus (comics)
Doctor Faustus appeared on the Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends episode Pawns of the
Kingpin voiced by Dennis Marks. He is employed by Wilson Fisk to construct the Psycho Disk
and use it to brainwash Captain America and Iceman.
Main articles: Green Goblin and Green Goblin in other media
Green Goblin appears in the 1980s Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends cartoon show, which
depicts Norman Osborn, voiced by Neil Ross, as something closer to the Lizard, with a serious medical problem of physically and uncontrollably changing into the Green Goblin, voiced by
Dennis Marks. This version of the character has a niece by the name of Mona Osborn, who
had no knowledge of her uncle’s double identity. When she was held captive by the
Green Goblin, she stated that he looked familiar. He appears in the episodes “The Triumph of
the Green Goblin” and “The Quest of the Red Skull”.
Main article: Juggernaut (comics)
Juggernaut appeared on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends voiced by William H. Marshall
(1981 – 1983).
Main article: Kingpin (comics)
Kingpin appeared in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode “Pawns of the Kingpin”
voiced by Walker Edmiston. In that episode, he brainwashes Captain America, who then tricks
Bobby Drake a.k.a. Iceman so both heroes would steal a secret weapon for him. The scientist
who developed the brainwashing technique betrays the Kingpin by brainwashing him but the
Kingpin eventually reveals that he had already taken precautions and had just pretended to be
brainwashed waiting for a chance to capture the scientist. He’s eventually captured.
Kraven the Hunter
Main article: Kraven the Hunter
Kraven appears in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode “The Crime Of All
Centuries” voiced by Robert Ridgely. He manages to bring the dinosaurs he caught from the
Savage Land to Manhattan to prove the existence of the Savage Land. Kraven later captures
Firestar so that he can use her powers to power up a machine that will hatch his dinosaur army.
Main article: Loki (comics)
Loki appears in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, episode “The Vengeance of Loki”
voiced by John Stephenson.
Main article: Mordred (comics)
Mordred appeared in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode “Knights and Demons.”
Main article: Mysterio (comics)
He made an appearance in the episode “Spidey Goes Hollywood” voiced by Peter Cullen.
He blackmails a director to persuade Spider-Man to star in a movie, rigged with devices he
Main article: Doctor Octopus
Michael Bell reprises his role of Doctor Octopus from the 1982 Incredible Hulk animated series,
in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode “Spidey Meets the Girl of Tomorrow”.
He plots to steal a time machine from two siblings from the future.
Main article: Red Skull
Peter Cullen reprises his role of Red Skull from the 1981 solo Spider-Man animated series in
the episode “Quest of the Red Skull”. He attempts to start World War III.
Main article: Sandman (Marvel Comics)
Sandman appears in an episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends entitled “Spider-Man:
Unmasked!”, where he is voiced by Chris Latta.
Main article: Mac Gargan
Scorpion appears in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode “Attack of the
Arachnoid.” He was thwarted by the Spider-Friends at the beginning of the episode.
When Spider-Man ends up in jail for Zolton’s actions to frame the real Spider-Man,
Scorpion took this opportunity to deliver payback to Spider-Man only to be defeated.
Main article: Sentinel (comics)
A Sentinel appeared in a flashback of the episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
“A Firestar Is Born”.
Main article: Shocker (comics)
Shocker appeared in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode “Along Came a Spidey”
voiced by John Stephenson.
Main article: Swarm (comics)
In an episode (entitled “Swarm”) of the 1980s cartoon, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends,
The Swarm (voiced by Al Fann) was created when alien energy from a fallen meteorite
irradiated a nearby beehive, giving it sentience and the ability to use eye blasts to increase the
size of bees and their hive or mutate people into bee drone hybrids. The Swarm was defeated
when Spider-Man (who was immune to the mutation due to his radioactive blood), Firestar,
and Iceman launched the meteorite back into space. Distancing the bees and hybrids from the
meteor’s radiation reversed all of The Swarm’s effects.
Main article: Ymir (Marvel Comics)
Ymir appeared in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode “The Vengeance of Loki”
voiced by John Stephenson. He has taken over the kingdom that was ruled by the Ice Giant
Zerona. With the help of Iceman, she was able to drive him away.
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