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Series / The Amazing Spider-Man (1978)

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The Amazing Spider-Man was the first Live-Action Adaptation of Spider-Man that aired on CBS from 1977 to 1979, starting with a pilot movie titled simply Spider-Man and starring Nicholas Hammond as the web-slinger.

The series goes for a more realistic route and has Spider-Man tackle ordinary criminals rather than supervillains.

The Amazing Spider-Man provides examples of:

  • Adapted Out: The only characters from the comic aside from Spider-Man himself to appear in the series are J. Jonah Jameson, Robbie Robertson, Aunt May, and Farley Stillwell in a cameo role.
  • Compilation Movie: The show's two two-part episodes, "The Deadly Dust" and "The Chinese Web", were both edited into movies, the former into Spider-Man Strikes Back and the latter into Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge.
  • Continuity Cameo: The episode "Wolfpack" features an appearance by a scientist with a nametag reading "Stillwell", alluding to Dr. Farley Stillwell, who in the comics was responsible for the creation of the villain Scorpion.
  • Dropped After the Pilot: Robbie Robertson makes no appearances outside of the pilot.
  • Expy: Rita Conway for Glory Grant, and Doctor Moon for Miles Warren (the Jackal).
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: In "Night of the Clones" after Peter breaks his Errol Flynn -costume he was going to take into a costume party, he resorts to using his Spider-Man outfit himself.
  • Leitmotif: Spider-Man has his own theme music, which frequently plays while he's spying on and fighting criminals.
  • Pilot Movie: The 1977 television film Spider-Man served as a pilot for this series.
  • Tracking Device: This series has so far the only appearances of the spider-tracers that Peter designed himself. As it is, Peter makes regular use of them.

Alternative Title(s): The Amazing Spider Man, Spider Man 1977, Spider Man Strikes Back, Spider Man The Dragons Challenge