Spider-Man: The '67 Collection Maybe those darn modern kids think "Spidey" and see Tobey, but walk up to any guy in his 40s and sing these two words: "Spider-Man,…
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Spider-Man: The '67 Collection (2004)

Spider-Man: The '67 Collection | STUPOR HERO The cartoons in ''The '67 Collection'' reveal a Spidey caught up in the trippy sensibility of the Summer of Love
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STUPOR HERO The cartoons in ''The '67 Collection'' reveal a Spidey caught up in the trippy sensibility of the Summer of Love

Details Release Date: Jun 29, 2004; DVD Release Date: Jun 29, 2004; Movie Rated: Unrated

Maybe those darn modern kids think ''Spidey'' and see Tobey, but walk up to any guy in his 40s and sing these two words: ''Spider-Man, Spider-Man.'' Guaranteed, he'll revert to age 10 and reply, ''Does whatever a spider can.'' Even if Bob Harris' theme is tattooed on the brainpan of a generation -- ''Is he strong? Listen, bud/ He's got radioactive blood'' -- nostalgia-mongers may not recall how WEIRD those 52 episodes of the Saturday-morning series were. To jog our collective memory comes The '67 Collection, six volumes of evidence that the animators were smoking something stronger than Benson & Hedges in their cubicles back then. The awkward draftsmanship and uninspired scripts haven't aged well, but at least the bad guys -- Doc Ock, the Lizard, the Vulture, et al. -- come straight out of the Marvel comics. When the original animation company went bankrupt and Ralph Bakshi (soon to direct ''Fritz the Cat'') stepped in as exec producer for seasons 2 and 3, the villains got seriously strange and the visual trippiness went off the charts. Take ''Revolt in the Fifth Dimension,'' a 1970 episode so lysergic that it features oil-painted nebulae, an insectoid alien named Infinata, flying green spermatozoa, and Spidey deciding it's, like, all a dream. So, apparently, were the DVD extras -- there are none.

Originally posted Jun 25, 2004 Published in issue #771-772 Jun 25, 2004 Order article reprints
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