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New Spider-Man cartoon
Entered on: July 12, 2003 12:38 AM by Swerb
Did anybody else see it Fri. night on MTV? I would have posted it in advance, but forgot about it until my quasi-TiVo grabbed it. It's pretty cool, actually, modeled after the Ultimate Spider-Man series. The animation is a little too 3-D video-gamey for my taste, but the action is pretty sweet, and next week the Lizard is introduced, and he looks fuckin' cool. Plus, Mary Jane has gigantic bazooms.  
If you missed it, you needn't worry... MTV is well-known for re-running things ad nauseum...

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From: The Bone Entered on: July 12, 2003 4:01 AM
In my opinion this is the sweetest Spider-Man cartoon of all time. I actual didn't mind the animation. Spidey moves like a greased-up gerbil shooting out of Big Fatty's ass. For the first time in television history Parker isn't a whiney little turd. There are people getting killed and other forms of carnage. Best of all MJ not only has gigantic bazooms, she has a huge juicy ass.
From: Ross Entered on: July 12, 2003 8:37 AM
I agree with you Bone, I was loving every minute of it. Roche is going to be jizzing when I give him a CD with the two episodes that were on last night. I thought the animation only suffered when they were high above the city and it looked too simplistic. But all the action scenes were fucking awesome. It was far better than I expected.  
What's sweet about Spidey himself is that he's clearly been Spider-Man for a while at the beginning of this series, so you don't have to suffer any of him being unsure of his powers or anything like that. He knows how to move fast and how to fight, which is what people really needed to see to get over perceptions like Bone's former one.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: July 13, 2003 11:07 AM
Johnny, Willie and I watched the first two episodes last night (thanks for the CD, Rosster!)... we were LOVING IT! I initially was just gonna check out the first couple minutes but we ended up watching both episodes in their entirety. The graphics are a cool mix of traditional animation with some cool computer stuff (the shading is nice).  
Spider-Man himself is kick-ass! Funny, fast... looking like a bug... I LOVE IT!  
We anxiously await future installments.
From: John Entered on: July 15, 2003 12:52 AM
I've already watched the two Spider-Man episodes I have several times. My kids love it and so do I. I'm glad the Bone is finally able to see a cool version of Spider-Man.  
I love the way Spider-Man moves and the fact that he is competent in a fight. I can't wait to see more.
From: Ross Entered on: July 15, 2003 7:13 AM
Me either - the Lizard looks like it's going to be a treat.  
Also, I'm sure that they will release these on DVD eventually - there are 13 episodes for this season that they will show. The question is, though, how long can it last on a network like MTV? MTV never keeps animated shows for very long. I can't imagine it lasting more than 2, maybe 3 seasons. Anyway, in the meantime, I've been playing with my video editing powers and I think I have got my technique down for transferring them to DVD. I should be able to fit 4 or 5 episodes per DVD. I will probably do that for archival purposes. I've even learned to cut the commercials.
From: John Entered on: July 15, 2003 11:55 AM
That sounds pretty cool Bert. This is one sweet animated show and I hope it does come out on DVD eventually. Now I just have to figure out a way to see the Lizard episode.  
Oh, and MJ is hot!!! For a cartoon that is.
From: John Entered on: July 19, 2003 1:59 PM
The lizard episode was fuckin' sweet! I loved it when Spidey was chasing the Lizard through the air ducts and the fact that he moved like a real lizard was cool. The fights were awesome in this episode. I wish the Lizard hadn't died in the end, I would have liked to see future episodes with him.  
The episode with the chick had some cool parts as well, however I thought she moved a little to well for an ordinary human. At least they show cased the fact that Spider-Man moved quicker than she did. I just don't think she should have been quick enough to connect with Spidey.
From: Ross Entered on: July 19, 2003 7:42 AM
I agree about the chick episode, and I told Heather right then and there that you would have the exact same objections I did. However, I was cracking up when she was trying to get away and he was still talking to her, swinging upside down as if it was no trouble whatsoever. Still, when she referred to him "getting his ass kicked," I wanted him to snatch her by the throat and show her what a REAL ass kicking was.  
Anyway, yeah, the Lizard episode was sweet, I kept remarking throughout the episode how much I was enjoying it. This is now my favorite TV show. But basically Spidey needs to be matched up with superhuman people so as to showcase his own abilities to their fullest. I must say that I am highly impressed with the action in this show, it's far beyond anything I'd dared to hope for.
From: Ross Entered on: July 28, 2003 2:40 PM
Anyone catch the latest episodes last Friday? Spidey was doing some super sweet moves in the first one. Although he pulls his punches when fighting regular people to a ludicrous degree, it's fun to see him have full command of his powers. The second episode was pretty dumb, though.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: July 28, 2003 3:10 PM
We all caught it out here! I think our women think we're nuts. But Friday night at my place watching cartoons seems to be the norm.  
I agree that the 2nd episode was a little weak. Hopefully Peter Parker doesn't become a Weirdness Magnet (where all the villains are people that he knows personally). Spidey's moves remain sweet. Friday we were noticing all the gratuitous flips and jumps that Spidey does. And we dig 'em.
From: Swerb Entered on: July 28, 2003 10:02 PM
Was anybody else scratching their heads when that kid who supposedly died after he turned into Electro showed up in the last episode? I don't understand. Or did I miss something? I mean, Peter and MJ went to his grave site.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: July 28, 2003 11:23 PM
We were wondering the same thing, Slerp. The only thing I can think of is that they aired the episodes out of order. So the Electro episode is chronologically AFTER the episode last Friday. Sure makes it confusing when they do that.  

From: Ross Entered on: July 29, 2003 7:08 AM
Yeah, they're out of order. I've seen the episode list and the numbers, and MTV just picked randomly, it seems.
From: Ross Entered on: July 29, 2003 8:00 PM
Spider-Man schedule changes!
It says "strength of ratings" is making them spread the season out longer and only do 1 new one per week. I've found confirmation tha the ratings are in fact good here:
From: Ross Entered on: August 16, 2003 11:20 AM
Anyone see the Kingpin episode last night? It was the Michael Clarke Duncan version of the Kingpin, and if you ask me, it was NOT the Kingpin. I won't comment further until I know Roche has seen it.
From: John Entered on: August 18, 2003 9:06 AM
No, I have not yet seen the Kingpin episode. From what you wrote it seems you did NOT like this instsallment of Spidey. I agree that the Michael Clark Duncan version of the Kingpin is lacking many of the key traits that make the Kingpin character what he is, and it's not jolly.  
On a related note, I reread the Born Again story for nostalgic purposes. It was sooooo good and a much better story than the movie. Zilla, I highly recommend this story even if you're not a big DD fan as it is a great comic on so many levels. I'm amazed that Marvel let this story come to print in the eighties. It's very dark and violent and deals with touchy subject matter like drug addiction. The story telling had a perfect balance between writing and art which reaffirmed my belief in this medium.  
One more thing, the Born Again story had a MUCH sweeter version of the Kingpin than the Michael Clark Duncan variety.
From: Ross Entered on: August 18, 2003 12:23 PM
Speaking of Born Again, read this:
All I can say is "Noooooooooooooooooooooo!"
From: Swerb Entered on: August 18, 2003 4:20 PM
Yeah, Mark Steven Johnson sucks balls, even though he apparently thinks he's pretty sweet. Fuckin' pissbag. As for Ghost Rider, all I have to say is, "Meh."  
("Meh," by the way, is a Simpsons-ism for indifference bordering on distaste.)
From: John Entered on: August 18, 2003 5:43 PM
Thank you for edifying us in Simpsons-ism as I would not have even an inkling to what "Meh" is. This statement should not be construed as facetious or ribald. It is a sincere thank you and in no way does it belie any jockular intent. Let me reiterate the sincerity of my thanks for I would not want it to be misinterpreted as bellicose in nature. Were you here now you could judge from my countenance the utter lack of truculence present in my overall being. My demeanor suggests only the docile sole of a pacifist which is in fact my true self, thank you.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: August 18, 2003 6:04 PM
Thank you, Rochesaurus.
From: John Entered on: August 18, 2003 6:52 PM
Your welcome, Zilla. RocheSpeak is a useful tool when trying to sound like a pompous ass.
From: Ross Entered on: September 6, 2003 8:42 PM
So what did you think of the latest Spidey, Roche? It took me a while to recognize that Lt. Worf from Star Trek did the voice of Kraven. I knew that MJ death thing had to be bullshit. But I am looking forward to the conclusion.
From: John Entered on: September 6, 2003 9:25 PM
I recognized Kraven's voice pretty quickly. I thought the episode was sweet as hell. I don't want to give to much away since Zilla did not see it. Spidey moves so well in this series that I'm constantly shocked by how cool it is. I can't wait to find out what happens next episode!
From: Ross Entered on: September 12, 2003 10:30 PM
Alright, I have to say that tonight's episode (the season finale) was my favorite one so far. It was so fucking sweet! Spider-Man was pissed and moving like I have only imagined. I was shocked on at least three separate occasions. Plus the storyline was superior to any shows this season as well. Best. Episode. Ever.  
I can only pray that they renew it for more seasons. I wish I knew where to write to show my support for the show. I can't get enough!
From: The Bone Entered on: September 13, 2003 12:02 AM
I still have 3 hrs to go until it shows here in Hawaii. Usually forget it's on but tonight I'll be waiting.
From: Ross Entered on: October 3, 2003 1:56 PM
Our hopes have been answered:

From: John Entered on: October 3, 2003 2:22 PM
Cool, I can't wait. Spidey is sweet!
From: Jackzilla Entered on: October 3, 2003 4:34 PM
Does this mean we aren't getting the ROSS DELUXE SPIDEY COMPILATION DVD? I hope not!
From: Swerb Entered on: October 3, 2003 11:20 PM
Rad! Now we can actually watch the episodes CHRONOLOGICALLY! What an amazing concept! I assume they've renewed the show for another season? Bert? You're on top of this stuff...
From: Ross Entered on: October 4, 2003 12:35 AM
I don't know that it's definite at this point, but all indications say that it is highly likely that it will be renew for at least one more season.  
As far as the Bert compiliation, I had problems with the one I made for Johnny, but I downloaded all episodes from BT. If you really can't wait until January, I can burn a copy for interested parties.
From: Ross Entered on: January 7, 2004 10:42 PM
Well bad news, Spidey-fans:
There's a lot of shit in that discussion, but it seems like Spider-Man has no hope of coming back on MTV. Possibly Cartoon Network? Who knows. Can you believe that there are tons of retards out there who actually think that 90s cartoon as better than this one? Anyway, I'm just trying to figure out if it's really out on DVD like it's supposed to be. Can't find any info on that either.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: January 7, 2004 11:22 PM
I find that kinda surprising as I thought it got good ratings on MTV (plus, the new movie this summer will keep interest in Spidey up). I loved the first half of the season, but kept forgetting to watch the last half dozen 'sodes (who's watching TV on a Friday night? Not this swingin' cat!). I will say I'm surprised at the high number of comic fans that stop into Rookies that haven't seen it. Have you ever seen "Rich Girls" (I think it's called) on MTV? More like "Ugly Rich Little Bitches."

Regarding the Spidey DVD, I believe it comes out next week Tuesday. I can't wait to borrow Johnny Cake's copy!

From: Swerb Entered on: January 8, 2004 8:26 AM
Yeah, this site says the DVD is out next week:  
I just think MTV did a poor job of promoting the show, and nobody watched it. It was initially part of the hype with the first movie, but I think that kind of stuff is costly to produce, so I won't be surprised if it gets the ax.
From: Ross Entered on: January 8, 2004 10:05 AM
But it was GOOD. At least, that's what I thought, and from talking to you guys, you all seemed to like it, too. But like Jack said, you'd think with another movie this summer, it would be a good idea. Dumb shits. Leave it to MTV, man.
From: Swerb Entered on: January 8, 2004 1:16 PM
Hell yeah, it was good, but since when do networks care whether a show is good or not? Making "good" shows just isn't a priority...
From: Ross Entered on: January 8, 2004 1:50 PM
There's networks, and there's MTV. I believe that MTV is a whole nuther rung down the stupid ladder even from the morons that have brought us Coupling and Good Morning Miami.

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