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ELECTRIC COMPANY SPIDEY SUPER STORIES

"Spidey Super Stories" is a live-action, recurring skit on the original version of the CTW series The Electric Company. Episodes featured the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, provided to the Children's Television Workshop free of charge, and was played (always in costume) by puppeteer and dancer Danny Seagren.  It premiered during the premiere of The Electric Company's fourth (1974–1975) season, show 391. It predated the pilot film of the series The Amazing Spider-Man by three years, becoming the first live-action rendition of Spider-Man, and was the first live-action rendition of a Marvel character in any medium since the Captain America serial of 1944. (1)

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The Electric Company season 5 opening titles


OVERVIEW[]

Stories involved the masked superhero foiling mischievous characters who were involved in petty criminal activities, although sometimes the crooks would commit more serious crimes such as assault or larceny. The cast of The Electric Company played the roles of the various characters in each story, with another serving as narrator. In many of these sketches, in keeping with Stan Lee's writing style, viewers were addressed as "true believers".

Unlike other live-action and cartoon productions of Spider-Man, this version of the web-slinging hero did not speak out loud, instead communicating only with word balloons (having a similar role to Clarabell the Clown of Howdy Doody), in order to encourage young viewers to practice their reading skills. Due to the series' budget limitations, comic book panels were interspersed through each skit in lieu of special effects. However, aside from Spider-Man himself, no characters from the comic series ever appeared on "Spidey Super Stories"

EPISODE GUIDE[]

SEASON 4 SEASON 5 SEASON 6 OTHER MEDIA
01 Spider-Man's introduction The Birthday Bandit The Beastly Banana COMIC BOOKS
02 Spidey Meets the Spoiler Spidey Meets the Prankster RECORD

Peter Pan Spidey Super Stories Record

03 A Night at the Movies Spidey Meets the Blowhard ELECTRIC COMPANY MAGAZINE

04 Spider-Man Meets the Evil Dr. Fly

Who Stole the Show? HOLIDAY ON ICE
05 Spidey Up Against the Wall Spidey Meets the Yeti
06 Spider-Man Meets the Can Crusher Spidey Meets the Mouse
07 Spidey Meets the Funny Bunny Spidey Meets the Sitter
08 Spidey Meets Dr. Fright Spidey Fixes the Hum
09 Spidey Meets Mr. Measles Spidey Nabs the Sandman
10 Spidey Jumps the Thumper Spidey Meets the Tickler
11 Spidey and the Queen Bee Spidey Gets the Old One-Two
12 Little Miss Muffett Spidey Meets Eye Patch
13 Spidey Meets The Bookworm Spidey Meets Silly Willy
14 N/A The Uninvited
15 N/A Spidey After the Fox
16 N/A Spidey Meets the Sack
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