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 Spider-Man TV (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.
While the continuity seems to follow-on directly from Spider-Man TV (1967), this series is officially considered to be a separate, standalone continuity. The official "Earth" continuity definitions are:
This solo show ran for a single season of 26 episodes (22 minutes each).
Doctor Doom was the most prevalent of the featured villains. Four of the six "Doctor Doom" episodes were compiled into a movie-length video Dr. Doom Conquers the World released on VHS format by "Children's Video Playground" (Prism).
The series was released on DVD by "Clear Vision" in the UK. They re-titled the series as "Spider-Man 5000" in order to differentiate it from the multitude of various other TV Cartoon series featuring Spider-Man.
Creators and designs were shared between this 1981 solo show and the immediately following "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.