Well, first of all…because it’s my site, dammit. :shifty:
In all seriousness… it’s safe to say I’ve been a fan of Marvel cartoons since day 1…actually, Marvel TV shows and movies in general. Channel 56 out of Boston would show a “Creature Double Feature” on Saturdays every weekend, and I would ALWAYS make sure to tune in, because sometimes, just sometimes, they would show the old school 70’s Amazing Spider-Man TV show. Yeah, you know the one.
Damn, I still get all giddy when I hear that theme music. This brings back some serious memories…all good ones. In fact, back in those days (this was pre-YouTube and pre-internet) I would travel down to Boston with my mom and hit the Comic Conventions on 200 Stuart Street, but I would almost bypass the comics themselves, and go straight to the bootlegs. On one trip, I discovered the marvelous Japanese Spider-Man live action series, that had no subtitles, yet I watched every minute of every episode I got on that black-boxed VHS tape. Check the wonder:
Hey at least the effects were better… slightly. Of course that all gets offset by the fact that Spider-Man jumps into a giant Power Ranger-esque battle robot in order to fight evil. Ah, those Japanese…
Mixed in with those bootlegs I would come across the occasional gem, like the 70’s era Captain America TV movies I had never heard of:
Good stuff… don’t even get me started on Dr. Strange or the Incredible Hulk. Long live the 70’s! Anyone these days who complains about the 90’s Marvel films, TV shows, or cartoons, just tell them to hit up Youtube and remember how things were… 😉
MAN I REMEMBER THIS AS A KID!!! It was campy but fun. If I’m not mistaken it was the first live action Spiderman movie ever made. Starring Nicholas Hammond, I wonder where he is now? Another tidbit… Chip Fields is actually the real-life mother of Kim Fields who played “Tootie” on “Facts of Life”.
Let’s not forget that it was Marvel doing commercials for the comic series that first gave us GIJoe in animated form. I’d say all the love you’re giving Marvel cartoons in this site is some nice payback for that.
Spiderman has always been my fave..
Good lord! That 70’s opening brings the FUNK! I don’t think Spider-Man could ever be that funky again. Sadly…
Oh the joy I get out of my two Incredible Hulk TV movie DVDs, Trial of the Incredible Hulk (guest-starring Daredevil) and Return of the Incredible Hulk (guest-starring THOR!). And I’d LOVE to find a decent copy of the Captain America movies, just to see his clear plexiglass shield that doubled as a windshield on his motorcycle.
But yeah, the live action Spider-man series gets less love than it deserves. Truly incredible stuff.
Man, I miss Creature Double Feature. Though I mostly watched it back then for the chance to see Godzila & Gamera. Or Dracula.
Ah, good times in Boston during the 70s.