Spider-Man: Season 2, Episode 1

The Origin of Spiderman (14 Sep. 1968)

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Peter Parker learns that with great power there must also always be great responsibility after his Uncle Ben, husband of Aunt May, is murdered by a thief.


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Episode cast overview:
Paul Kligman ...
Police officer (voice)
Paul Soles ...
Sal / Peter Parker / Spider-Man (voice)
Peg Dixon ...
Aunt May (voice)


Peter Parker learns that with great power there must also always be great responsibility after his Uncle Ben, husband of Aunt May, is murdered by a thief.

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14 September 1968 (USA)  »

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This episode is almost word-for-word lifted from the "updated" version of Spider-Man's origin presented in The Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #1, which came out a few months before this episode aired. There are a couple of differences between this version and the one originally presented in Amazing Fantasies #15. The fight with the two thugs, during which Peter breaks a lamp post, does not occur in the Amazing Fantasies version (instead, Peter takes on a professional wrestler). Also, Peter's encounter with the escaping thief happens after his TV audition in Amazing Fantasies, rather than before. See more »


In the scene where he encounters the hoodlums after being bitten by the spider, Peter Parker is referred to by one of them as a "four-eyed freak" even though he does not wear glasses for the entire series. See more »


Spider-Man: Well, here goes. I hope I get the job. Of course, with my spider-powers, I could get all the money I'd ever need; but that wouldn't be honest. I'm a crime-fighter now. Gotta avenge Uncle Ben.
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30 April 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This is where Spidey began for me. I remember being up every Saturday morning camped in front of the TV waiting for this to come on! Bear in mind this was over 30 years ago! I saw other super heroes but none struck me or interested me like this. I've only recently watched this series again and I love it! A lot of new cartoons are not over the top and even a little corny, which I think is an integral part of a superhero production. The TV series Batman is a perfect example. This particular episode dealt with how Peter got his powers which, thankfully the movie followed fairly accurately. The story of how uncle Ben died and Peter's realization of his powers and the responsibilities that come with them was bang on in both too. Just love this cartoon and hope all the baddies turn up in the movies!!!

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