1 9 9 4 – 1 9 9 8 (USA)
65 x 30 minute episodes
A few specials on Fox in November 1994 led to a continuing cartoon the following year with Spider-Man creator Stan Lee as co-executive producer.
This time it was a continuing adventure with photographer Peter Parker (voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes) trying to control his condition since it could now convert him, without warning, into a large “man-spider”.
Dr Curt Connors (Joseph Campanella) tried to reverse his condition while an unknowing Aunt May (Linda Gary) provided Parker with love.
As usual, Spider-Man was considered an enemy and not the saviour of the city, thanks to Jonah Jameson (Ed Asner) of The Daily Bugle, who ranked him along with mob boss the Kingpin as among the town’s worst undesirables.
The series featured a good mix of lesser and better-known Spider-Man villains. Lesser-known villains like Tombstone, Spencer Smythe, and Chameleon were highlighted, in addition to fan favourites like Carnage, Venom, and Hobgoblin.
This time around, the concept of radioactivity and all uses of the word were removed from the series and replaced with a science called “neogenics”, including the spider that bites Peter to give him his powers.
Guest voices on the episodes included Malcolm McDowell, Mark Hamill, Jonathan Harris, Eddie Albert, Rue McClanahan, George Takei, Edward Mulhare, David Warner, Martin Landau, Hank Azaria, Nichelle Nichols and Sandra Bernhard.
This Fox production became one of the best and most faithful renditions of Spider-Man to this day.
With help from Stan Lee, the show modernised the Spider-Man universe, updating and improving the comic book character for a new and younger fan base.
Christopher Daniel Barnes
Mary Jane Watson
J. Jonah Jameson
Aunt May Parker
Dr Curt Connors