Marvel: Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends – Ranking the Cameos
Back in the day… I said, “BACK IN THE DAY…” There was this thing called “Saturday Morning Cartoons”; a little slice of heaven, reserved for each and every kid, EVERY SATURDAY MORNING.
I distinctly remember burying myself in my family’s basement, waiting for the early public- service shows to be over and ready to watch shows like The Smurfs (really!), Thundarr The Barbarian (Lords of Light!), and — my all-time favorite — Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
And on November 18, Marvel.com gifted us all with a full article counting down the best character cameos from the series.
Here are my top three (as chosen from Marvel’s list):
8. Tony Stark/Iron Man, “The Origin of the Spider-Friends”
After saving Tony Stark from an attack by the Beetle, the billionaire industrialist was more than happy to led his tech to the newly formed trio, giving them their secret headquarters within Aunt May’s boarding house. When the Beetle attacks again, fans would think Iron Man (Tony still has a dual Identity in this series) would lend a hand. Thanks to a space mission and some narration from Stan Lee, we find out Iron Man won’t be joining the Spider-Friends in finally taking the Beetle down.
7. Captain America, “Pawns of the Kingpin”
Captain America falls under the mind control of the Kingpin and Doctor Faustus, and it is up to the Spider-Friends to help break him free from their control. Yes, we get to see the Star-Spangled Avenger in action, but unfortunately, he’s fighting our heroes for most of the episode.
3. The Hulk, “Spidey Goes Hollywood”
If you have been reading AMAZING MARY JANE, this entry may give you a sense of déjà vu. After luring Spider-Man to a movie set, Mysterio uses it as his canvas in an attempt to destroy the webhead once and for all. He even utilized a robot of the Incredible Hulk. Mysterio’s plan might have worked…had Hulk not shown up himself. The Green Goliath doesn’t take kindly Mysterio’s “tribute” and retaliated the only way he knows how.
Spidey vs. Swarm
My favorite episode of Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends: Swarm.
Thundarr The Barbarian
This was a KIDS show. I swear!