- Spider-Woman (TV series)
show_name = Spider-Woman
caption = The animated Spider-Woman meets Spider-Man
Archie Goodwin, Sal Buscema, Jim Mooney("characters") Stan Lee("Created for Television")
Marvel Comics Animation
Joan Van Ark Bruce Miller Bryan Scott
composer = Eric Rogers
country = USA
language = English
num_seasons = 1
num_episodes = 16
David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng
runtime = 30 minutes
network = ABC
September 22, 1979
January 3, 1980
imdb_id = 0197911
"Spider-Woman" is an
animated television series, based on the Marvel Comicscharacter Spider-Woman. The series was produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprisesand Marvel Comics Animation, and aired on September 22, 1979 to January 3, 1980, one season of sixteen episodes, on the ABC-TV network.
Jessica Drew, voiced by
Joan Van Ark, is editor of Justice Magazine, a publication which has its own skyscraper and helicopter yet shows only two other employees — photographer Jeff and Jessica's teenage nephew Billy. When trouble rears its ugly head, Jessica comes up with an excuse to slip away and change into her Spider-Woman secret identity. Spider-Manalso guest stars in two episodes of the series.
The Spider-Woman cartoon should not be confused with
Web Woman, a Filmation superheroinecartoon launched at around the same time, which reportedly prompted Marvel Comics into creating a Spider-Woman character to secure the copyright.
Differences between cartoon and comic book
The cartoon differs considerably from the comic book in its premise and supporting cast, while modifying Spider-Woman's powers slightly.
Billy, Jeff, and Justice Magazine never appear in the comic book in any form. Nor do the darker elements of the comic book (the heavy use of Arthurian legend and the occult, Jessica's feelings of alienation) enter into the much brighter world of the cartoon.
The animated Spider-Woman retains the ability to fire bursts of energy from her hands called "venom blasts", but they are white instead of green. The episode "Realm of Darkness" seems to imply that Venom Blasts can be fired as long Spider-woman has enough super-strength.
Like Spider-Man, she has a "spider-sense": a kind of
clairvoyancethat allows her to see dangers as they happen, no matter where she is, she can close her eyes and see the event outlined by a spider-web. The animated Spider-Woman also has the ability to change into costume merely by spinning around, an idea borrowed from the Wonder Woman television series starring Lynda Carter.
Although Spider-Man in this series was played by a different voice actor than the one in the 1960s Spider-Man series, some similarities in the two series still remained. Perhaps the most noticeable similarity is "animated stock footage", where - before any episodes were completed - an animated sequence was created. This sequence would be used with an appropriate background added, whenever the need would arise. One example is Spider-Woman turning around, from back to front. Another example is where Jessica Drew gets a "spider-sense", turns her head while she closes her eyes, and then the location of danger appears using an editing technique.
Joan Van Ark… Jessica Drew/ Spider-Woman(voice)
* Bruce Miller … Jeff Hunt (voice)
* Bryan Scott … Billy Drew (voice)
Lou Krugman… Police Chief (voice)
* Larry Carroll … Detective Miller (voice)
John H. Mayer
* Tony Young
As of 2008 this series is planned for release on Region 2 DVD in the UK in by Liberation Entertainment as part of a release schedule of Marvel Animated series. [http://www.libent.co.uk/]
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