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The Prince Of Heroism
Review And Media by Amazing Spidey

Episode #58 - The Prince Of Heroism
Original Airdate October 17, 1997

Spider-Man and The Six American Warriors must stop Electro as he begins to declare himself ruler of the Earth.

Written By: John Semper
Music Composed By: Shuki Levy and Kussa Mahchi
Animation Services By: Toyko Movie Shinsha (TMS)
Guest Starring: Christopher Daniel Barnes as Spider-Man, Earl Boen as The Red Skull, David Hyter as Captain America, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Doctor Octopus, Jim Cummings as The Shocker, Richard Moll as The Scorpion, Alan Johnson as The Vulture, Roy Dotrice as Keene Marlow and Mira Furlan as Silver Sable

Note: The image's below are in the correct order of the story.

Finally, we learn just this Doomsday Weapon actually is. I thought it was pretty cool to finally see Electro animated. Iíve always had a soft spot for the loser but hereÖ man, this is nothing like the Electro I know. The guy I remember had a green costume with a yellow starfish mask and the power to control electricity. The similarities with the comics and this version end there! This isnít necessarily a bad thing, but some fans have difficulty believing that Electro is the son of The Red Skull, and I canít blame them.

Speaking of The Red Skull, it was damn confusing how quickly Electro turned on him. For someone whoís spent 50 years searching for this Father to betray him in a matter of minutes was odd behaviour to say the least. It was almost laughable. Itís quickly forgotten about and I think thatís for the best. I did like that The Skull anticipated it though. Thatís the ruthless Nazi of the comics that I remember reading!

Electro as a God was more interesting that I originally thought it would be. I especially liked that he brought down SHIELD. It gave a villain who didnít really have a lot of time for development a powerful presence.

As greatly enjoyable as this episode was however, itís best remembered for having what could arguably be the laziest, stupidest moment in television ever. Yep, in this episode there are 2 scenes which play in the wrong order, which completely and utterly confuses the viewer and greatly diminishes the enjoyment of the episode. Iím prepared to accept (but not like, mind you) repeated animation, poor fights and hacked up dialogue, but there is simply no excuse for scenes playing in the wrong order. Itís a joke. Even worse, no one even bothered to go back and correct it for future airings. If this story ever does make it to DVD, I pray to God Disney fixes it, because it's honestly an embrassment to watch.

II liked the ending, and I loved The Whizzerís ďShow me a hero and Iíll write you a tragedyĒ speech. I thought it perfectly summed the episode up. Itís unfortunate that such a great episode is ruined by a ridiculously retarded mistake.