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Subj: Re: Actually, The 90's Cartoon Was Good.
Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 at 09:40:33 am EDT (Viewed 5 times)
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At least it was when I first saw it. I used to watch it religiously. Sadly, it hasn't held up. I mean, AT ALL! It's very dated. I still love certain episodes though, like the Hobgoblin ones. And it was very faithful to the comic books.

Like any adaptation, there are certain parts that are quite faithful and others that aren't at all.

Like most adaptations from one form of media to another, there are several characters who exclusively exist within that adaptation. In the case of STAS, that female detective is one. It has been suggestion she was supposed to be Jean DeWollfe, though there really isn't much characteristics that are similar besides both being women and police officers.

Most characters are pretty close or good enough to their comic counterparts. But there's still some that are major departures. Deb Whitman is a fellow science student at ESU and is on par with Peter in terms of intelligence but holds little similarities to her comic counterpart than her name.

Kingpin is pretty close if you only look at his pre-Daredevil appearances and keep him as the big guy with the cane that shoots lasers.

And I still have to mention this every time STAS comes up. I actually went to once and counted the number of issues of a Spider-Man related series Morbius has actually appeared in over his 40+ years as a character. Since his introduction, the vast majority of his appearances have been in Marvel's occult, vampire, or otherwise grimmer books and his appearances in Spider-Man and Spider-Man stories is few and far between. But for some reason, him and Blade are major figures in this.

Electro is also the Red Skull's son or something, which I guess was a re-working of a animated Spidey movie that was never made with the Red Skull as the main villain.

I also think that just because the comics do a dumb storyline doesn't mean adaptations should repeat dumb storylines. The Peter's PArents are Super Spys is...ugh....a really, really bad time in Spidey. I'm convinced whoever wrote that issue just wanted to write Peters parents, they sat Stan Lee down and Lee said "They're super spies! Excelsior!" and then that writer went and did this mess.

Regardless, I don't think adaptations should be held to their original media too rigidly because otherwise what's the point in making a new work of art? They should be judged by their quality. And the 90s series has aged horribly. At least the 60s series has a certain novelty to it that I don't think the 90s ever will.

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