Review and Media By Stu
Episode #9 - Spidey Goes Hollywood
Written By: Christy Marx
Music Composed By: John Douglas
Guest Starring: Peter Cullen as Bruce Banner/The Hulk/Mysterio and Frank Welker as Sam Blockbuster
I remember originally disliking this episode when I first saw it, but it grows on me each time I see it. The plot is the basic hero goes to Hollywood to star in his own movie, realises the fights are real and defeats villain without making actual movie, but thereís a lot of fun to be had here.
The episode is historic for one thing, however. It is, to date, the only animated team up between Spider-Man and The Hulk ever! Given how Spidey and olí jade jaws are practically Marvelís equivalent to Batman and Superman in terms of mainstream popularity, Iíve always been surprised weíve never seen them teamed up more often on screen. There were rumours of a Hulk/Spider-Man movie in the late 70ís/early 80ís, based on their respective live action TV shows. Anyone who has seen the live action Spider-Man television series is no doubt praying to thank God for not allowing the movie to be made!
Speaking of Hulk, I canít help but feel he was wasted here. The design wasnít brilliant, the voice seemed off and the famed purple pants wereÖ pink. Scandalous. The appearance did its purpose, however. The Incredible Hulk arrived on NBC the following year in his own, outstanding show Ė undoubtedly my favourite cartoon of the 80ís. It put his appearance here to shame in terms of visuals, writing and casting.
This episode saw one of my favourite Spider-Man villains animated once again Ė Mysterio. For reasons even I canít begin to fathom, Iíve always loved Mysterio. I think thereís something so cool about his utterly goofy design and the character is just to quirky Ė he fits in so well with Spider-Manís weird and wonderful rouges gallery. Heís not too bad here, despite a really weird design. The fishbowl looks too small making him appear to be headless, and for some unknown reason itís black. The rest of him looked fine, but I felt his voice was a little too camp. This is pre-Batman The Animated Series days however; squeaky voiced villains were the norm. Despite how utterly gay I may come across as for saying this, I still prefer the 60ís version to this one.
The rest of the episode is typical of the show and I find myself enjoying it more each time I watch it. Not a spectacular episode by any means, but still highly enjoyable.