Spider-Man TV (1981) Solo
Trying to re-activate interest for a TV version of Spidey, Marvel Productions created this solo Spider-Man cartoon in 1981. The NBC network was interested but believed the concept needed some added elements to make it more accessible for a larger audience. Hence Iceman and Firestar were added in the next year's follow-up show – Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (TV).
But before his Friends arrived, the this solo cartoon ran for a year and recycled the formula of the 1967 show: Peter Parker lives with his Aunt May and is a photographer for J. Jonah Jameson at the Daily Bugle. His responsibility to be Spider-man causes problems with his work, his studies, and his romantic involvement with Betty Brant.
This solo show ran for a single season of 26 episodes (22 minutes each).
Creators and designs were shared between this 1981 solo show and the "Amazing Friends", but the voice cast was different.
The voices for the recurring Solo cast were:
Peter Parker/Spider Man - Ted Schwartz
Aunt May - Linda Gary
J. Jonah Jameson - William Woodson
Betty Brant - Mona Marshall
MP3 format sound files.
Story: “Bubble, Bubble, Oil And Trouble”
Summary: Sep 12, 1981: Doctor Octopus plans to steal the world's oil with his new jewel-encrusted arms.
Story: “Dr. Doom, Master of the World”
Summary: Sep 19, 1981: Dr. Doom brainwashes the entire U.N. assembly, and is proclaimed ruler of the world.
Story: “Lizards, Lizards, Everywhere”
Summary: Sep 26, 1981: Spidey battles the Lizard, as he tries to turn New York into a reptile paradise.
Story: “Curiosity Killed The Spider-Man”
Summary: Oct 3, 1981: The Black Cat issues a challenge to Spidey, while plotting the theft of a valuable artifact..
Story: “The Sandman is Coming”
Summary: The Sandman becomes invincible after absorbing radioactive soil from Mars.
Story: “When Magneto Speaks . . . People Listen”
Summary: Magneto holds the Earth to ransom after stealing all the satellites in orbit.
Story: “The Pied Piper Of New York Town”
Summary: Mysterio's disco music hypnotizes the youth of New York into becoming his army.
Story: “The Doctor Prescibes Doom”
Summary: Dr. Doom is again elected master of the world, thanks to his android duplicates.
Story: “Carnival Of Crime”
Summary: Spidey is framed for a series of robberies by the Ringmaster.
Story: “Revenge of the Green Goblin”
Summary: The Green Goblin attacks while Spidey attends a Halloween costume party at ESU.
Story: “Triangle Of Evil”
Summary: Spidey is conned into competing on a T.V. show against the Stuntman..
Story: “The A-B-C's Of D-O-O-M”
Summary: Goron, Dr. Doom's new partner, attempts to launch every nuclear missile in the world.
Story: “The Sidewinder Strikes”
Summary: Spidey vs. a high-tech cowboy at the in-town rodeo.
Story: “The Hunter And The Hunted”
Summary: Ka-Zar comes to New York after Kraven kidnaps his companion Zabu.
Story: “The Incredible Shrinking Spider-Man”
Summary: Spidey is cut down in size by the Gadgeteer.
Story: “The Unfathomable Professor Gizmo”
Summary: Professor Gizmo lures Spidey into salvaging a sunken treasure ship.
Summary: A new earthquake fault line is created by Dr. Doom's laser canon.
Story: “The Capture of Captain America”
Summary: The Red Skull kidnaps Captain America. Spidey follows him to his lair.
Summary: Spidey joins the Latverian resistance, attempting to overthrow Dr. Doom.
Story: “The Web Of Nephilia”
Summary: Trying to duplicate Spidey's powers, a scientist turns into a half-man, half-spider.
Story: “Countdown To Doom”
Summary: Dr. Doom finally controls the Earth after moving it out of orbit. Spidey tries to stop him.
Story: “Arsenic and Aunt May”
Summary: The Chameleon poses as Uncle Ben's spirit in an effort to use Aunt May as Spider-Man's assassin.
Story: “The Vulture has Landed”
Summary: The Vulture kidnaps a group of scientists to help him steal a precious space probe.
Story: “Wrath Of The Sub-Mariner”
Summary: Pollution from the Kingpin angers the Sub-Mariner, who takes it out on the city.
Story: “The Return Of The Kingpin”
Summary: The Kingpin sets Spidey up to steal valuable items.
Story: “Under The Wizard's Spell”
Summary: Spidey tries to free Medusa from the Wizard's influence.