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'''''The Spectacular Spider-Man''''' is the seventh animated series to depict the [[Marvel Comics]]' character and icon, Spider-Man. It is produced by ''[[Gargoyles (TV series)|Gargoyles]]'' co-creator, [[Greg Weisman]] and ''Gargoyles'' storyboard artist, [[Vic Cook]].
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'''''The Spectacular Spider-Man''''' was the seventh animated series to depict the [[Marvel Comics]]' character and icon, Spider-Man. It was produced by ''[[Gargoyles (TV series)|Gargoyles]]'' co-creator, [[Greg Weisman]] and ''Gargoyles'' storyboard artist, [[Vic Cook]].
  
''The Spectacular Spider-Man'' follows the theme of "the education of Peter Parker" as he attends High School and has to deal with keeping his grades up, girls and the stresses of being a teenager, while at the same time protects New York City from criminals and supervillains such as the Green Goblin, the Vulture, Electro, Venom and Dr. Octopus.
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''The Spectacular Spider-Man'' followed the theme of "the education of Peter Parker" as he attends High School and has to deal with keeping his grades up, girls and the stresses of being a teenager, while at the same time protects New York City from criminals and supervillains such as the Green Goblin, the Vulture, Electro, Venom and Dr. Octopus.
  
The series premiered on Kids WB on March 8th, and at the moment, twenty-six episodes are in various stages of production. It is likely to be renewed for even more episodes.
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The series premiered on Kids WB on March 8th, 2008 and twenty-six episodes were produced.  Sadly, the series was canceled after the second season.
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Understandably, Greg Weisman has decided not to reveal any [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=869 what-would-have-been-future plans for the show], knowing that there's no way he can do them justice online and that ultimately, "ideas divorced from execution are subject (particularly on the internet) to a level of second-guessing" that he'd prefer to avoid. [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=12367][http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=12453]
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The first non-canonical crossover with ''[[Gargoyles (TV series)|Gargoyles]]'' was performed as a Radio Play at the 2009 [[Gathering of the Gargoyles]]. Three more Radio Plays, which also crossed over with ''[[Young Justice]]'', have since been written and were performed at CONvergence in 2014, 2016, and 2018. For more information, see [[Religious Studies 101: A Handful of Thorns|"Religious Studies 101: A Handful of Thorns"]], [[Recruits|"Recruits"]], [[The Cosmos|"The Cosmos"]], and [[Musicology 101: Songs of the Theme|"Musicology 101: Songs of the Theme"]].
  
 
==Cast Members==
 
==Cast Members==
The following ''Gargoyles'' cast members have or will be appearing in ''The Spectacular Spider-Man''. They are listed in alphabetical order.
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The following ''Gargoyles'' cast members appeared in ''The Spectacular Spider-Man''. They are listed in alphabetical order.
  
* [[Thom Adcox]] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinkerer Phineas Mason/Tinkerer], Homunculi.
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* [[Thom Adcox]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Phineas_Mason_(Earth-26496) Phineas Mason/Tinkerer], [http://marvel.wikia.com/Humonculi Homunculi].
 
* [[Ed Asner]] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Ben Uncle Ben]
 
* [[Ed Asner]] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Ben Uncle Ben]
* [[Jeff Bennett]] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montana_%28comics%29 Montana]/[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shocker_%28comics%29 Shocker], St. John Devereaux, Bernard Houseman.
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* [[Jeff Bennett]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Jackson_Brice_(Earth-26496) Montana/ Shocker], [http://marvel.wikia.com/St._John_Devereaux_(Earth-26496) St. John Devereaux], [http://marvel.wikia.com/Bernard_Houseman_(Earth-26496) Bernard Houseman].
* [[Xander Berkeley]] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mysterio Quentin Beck/Mysterio]
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* [[Xander Berkeley]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Quentin_Beck_(Earth-26496) Quentin Beck/Mysterio]
* [[Clancy Brown]] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Stacy#Gwen_Stacy.27s_family Captain George Stacy], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhino_%28comics%29 Alex O'Hirn/The Rhino]
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* [[Clancy Brown]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/George_Stacy_(Earth-26496) Captain George Stacy], [http://marvel.wikia.com/Alexander_O%27Hirn_(Earth-26496) Alex O'Hirn/The Rhino]
* [[Lacey Chabert]] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwen_Stacy Gwen Stacy]
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* [[Lacey Chabert]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Gwendolyne_Stacy_(Earth-26496) Gwen Stacy]
* [[Jim Cummings]] - Crusher Hogan
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* [[Jim Cummings]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Joseph_Hogan_(Earth-26496) Crusher Hogan]
* [[Keith David]] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tombstone_%28comics%29 L. Thompson Lincoln/Tombstone/The Big Man] (Episode One only.  Though he does voice the character again in the radio play [[Religious Studies 101: A Handful of Thorns]].)
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* [[Keith David]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Lonnie_Lincoln_(Earth-26496) L. Thompson Lincoln/Tombstone/The Big Man] (Episode One only.  Though he does voice the character again in the Radio Play "Religious Studies 101: A Handful of Thorns".)
* [[Bill Fagerbakke]] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydro-Man Morris Bench]
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* [[Bill Fagerbakke]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Morris_Bench_(Earth-26496) Morris Bench]
* [[Elisa Gabrielli]] - Ashley Kafka
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* [[Elisa Gabrielli]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Ashley_Kafka_(Earth-26496) Ashley Kafka]
* [[Dorian Harewood]] - Doc Bromwell
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* [[Dorian Harewood]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Nicholas_Bromwell_(Earth-26496) Doc Bromwell]
* [[Clyde Kusatsu]] - Ted Twaki
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* [[Clyde Kusatsu]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Theodore_Twaki_(Earth-26496) Ted Twaki]
* [[Kath Soucie]] - Martha Connors, Anna Watson
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* [[Kath Soucie]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Benjamin_Parker_(Earth-26496) Martha Connors], [http://marvel.wikia.com/Anna_Watson_(Earth-26496) Anna Watson]
* [[Cree Summer]] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glory_Grant#Supporting_characters Glory Grant], Homunculi
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* [[Cree Summer]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Glory_Grant_(Earth-26496) Glory Grant], Homunculi
* [[B.J. Ward]] - Mayor Waters
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* [[B.J. Ward]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Mayor_Waters_(Earth-26496) Mayor Waters]
* [[Greg Weisman]] - Donald Menken
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* [[Greg Weisman]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Donald_Menken_(Earth-26496) Donald Menken]
* [[Tom Wilson]] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin-Eater_%28comics%29#Stanley_Carter Stan Carter]
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* [[Tom Wilson]] - [http://marvel.wikia.com/Stanley_Carter_(Earth-26496) Stan Carter]
  
 
Both ''Gargoyles'' and ''The Spectacular Spider-Man'' were voice directed by [[Jamie Thomason]].
 
Both ''Gargoyles'' and ''The Spectacular Spider-Man'' were voice directed by [[Jamie Thomason]].
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Had ''The Spectacular Spider-Man'' received a third season, Greg Weisman had planned to cast [[Marina Sirtis]] as Emily Osborn. [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=14728]
  
 
==Crew Members==
 
==Crew Members==
In addition to Greg Weisman, Vic Cook, and Jamie Thomason, several other crew members from ''"Gargoyles"'' have also returned to work on this series.
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In addition to Greg Weisman, Vic Cook, and Jamie Thomason, several other crew members from ''Gargoyles'' have also reunited to work on this series.
  
 
* [[Greg Guler]]
 
* [[Greg Guler]]
 
* [[Frank Paur]]
 
* [[Frank Paur]]
  
Also, while she didn't work on ''"Gargoyles,"'' it is worth noting that Jennifer L. Anderson served as Post Production Assistant for the first season, and Production Assistant for the second season.  Jennifer is a long time fan of ''"Gargoyles"'' and the President of [[Gathering of the Gargoyles, Inc]] and was the Convention Chair of three [[Gathering of the Gargoyles|Gatherings]].
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Also, while she didn't work on ''Gargoyles'', it is worth noting that '''Jennifer L. Anderson''' served as Post Production Assistant for the first season, and Production Assistant for the second season.  Jennifer is a long time fan of ''Gargoyles'' and the President of [[Gathering of the Gargoyles, Inc]] and was the Convention Chair of three [[Gathering of the Gargoyles|Gathering of the Gargoyles conventions]].
  
 
==References to ''Gargoyles'' in ''The Spectacular Spider-Man''==
 
==References to ''Gargoyles'' in ''The Spectacular Spider-Man''==
* In the pilot episode, "The Survival of the Fittest", Spider-Man swings past stone gargoyles that bear a close resemblance to [[Hudson]], [[Broadway]] and [[Goliath]].  Later in the episode, while battling the Vulture and the Enforcers, Spider-Man accidentally destroys a stone gargoyle that greatly resembles Broadway.
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[[Image:Homunculi.png|thumb|left|220px|Mysterio's gargoy.... er... Homunculi.]]
* While not an intentional reference, Max Dillon is transformed into Electro when he is shocked by electric eels in Curt Conners' laboratory. This is similar to [[Anton Sevarius]]' "death scene" in "[[Metamorphosis]]".
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* In the pilot episode, "The Survival of the Fittest", Spider-Man swings past stone gargoyles that bear a close resemblance to [[Hudson]], [[Broadway]], and [[Goliath]].  Later in the episode, while battling the Vulture and the Enforcers, Spider-Man accidentally destroys a stone gargoyle that greatly resembles Broadway.
* Harry Osborn drinks from a vial labeled: ''OsCorp Globulin Green #994.'' 994 is the year of the [[Wyvern Massacre]].
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* While not an intentional reference, Max Dillon is transformed into Electro when he is shocked by electric eels in Curt Conners' laboratory. This is similar to [[Anton Sevarius]]' "death scene" in [[Metamorphosis|"Metamorphosis"]].
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* Harry Osborn drinks from a vial labeled: ''OsCorp Globulin Green #994''. 994 is the year of the [[Wyvern Massacre]].
 
* Another gargoyle appears in a Haunted House ride on [[Coney Island]] in "Reaction".
 
* Another gargoyle appears in a Haunted House ride on [[Coney Island]] in "Reaction".
* Mysterio, in his guise as a faux sorceror, shouts "fulminos venite!" before firing a bolt of lightning.  This was a favorite incantation of the [[Archmage]].
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* St. John Devereaux, who was to play the part of Falstaff in the production of ''The Merry Wives of Windsor'' that Aunt May and Anna Watson were hoping to attend, speaks to a friend of his named Sydney on the phone after the evening's performance is cancelled thanks to the attack of the Sinister Six.  [[Sydney]] is the home-town of [[Dingo]], who is linked to the [[Falstaff]] of the [[Gargoyles Universe]] in [[Strangled|"Strangled"]] and [[Losers|"Losers"]].  (This is a coincidence, but St. John Devereaux's performance of Falstaff was influenced by Greg Weisman's work on Falstaff for ''[[Bad Guys]]'' at the time.)
* Spider-Man asks a dismembered (and headless) Mysterio robot "What are you going to do, bite my kneecaps off?"  The [[Xanatos Program]] asked the same question of Goliath in "[[Future Tense]]".  Both are a reference to ''Monty Python and the Holy Grail.''
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* Mysterio, in his guise as a faux sorcerer, shouts "fulminos venite!" before firing a bolt of lightning.  This was a favorite incantation of the [[Archmage]].
* When fighting a gigantic Sandman, Spider-Man asks himself "How am I supposed to beat up a beach?"  The [[Archmage]] said "Don't crow too loudly. After all, what have you achieved?  You beat up a beach." to the gargoyles in "[[Avalon Part Two]]". (One of the Guardians also asked "How are we supposed to beat up a beach?" in an episode of ''[[W.I.T.C.H.]]''.)
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* Spider-Man asks a dismembered (and headless) Mysterio robot "What are you going to do, bite my kneecaps off?"  The [[Xanatos Program]] asked the same question of Goliath in [[Future Tense|"Future Tense"]].  Both are a reference to ''Monty Python and the Holy Grail''.
* In the Vault, Spider-Man is attacked by Mysterio's homuculi, which are little gargoyle-like creatures.  Watching it on a monitor, J. Jonah Jameson exclaims "they should have their own show!"
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* When fighting a gigantic Sandman, Spider-Man asks himself "How am I supposed to beat up a beach?"  The [[Archmage]] said "Don't crow too loudly. After all, what have you achieved?  You beat up a beach." to the gargoyles in [[Avalon Part Two|"Avalon" Part Two]]. (One of the Guardians also asked "How are we supposed to beat up a beach?" in an episode of ''[[W.I.T.C.H.]]''.)
* When Dr. Connors and his family leave New York for Florida, they board Flight 1057.  Meanwhile, "Mr. Roman" boards flight 994 for the Cayman Islands. 1057 and 994 are the dates of two gargoyle clan massacres.  ("994" and "1057" were also to be the numbers borne by the two [[LXM]] robots in the projected spin-off "[[Gargoyles 2198]]".)
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* In the Vault, Spider-Man is attacked by Mysterio's homunculi, which are little gargoyle-like creatures.  Watching it on a monitor, J. Jonah Jameson exclaims "they should have their own show!"
[[Image:MrRoman.JPG|thumb|220px|"Mr. Roman"]]
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[[Image:MrRoman.PNG|thumb|220px|"Mr. Roman"]]
* "Mr. Roman" is an alias assumed by Norman Osborn.  Osborn has also dyed his hair blond, and grew a mustache to hide his identity.  As Mr. Roman, he bears a striking resemblance to [[John Castaway]].
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* "Mr. Roman" is an alias assumed by Norman Osborn.  Osborn has also dyed his hair blond, and grew a mustache to hide his identity.  As Mr. Roman, he bears a striking resemblance to [[John Castaway]], and was a "bit of a tribute". [https://twitter.com/Greg_Weisman/status/440073606937079808]
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* When Dr. Connors and his family leave New York for Florida, they board Flight 1057.  Meanwhile, "Mr. Roman" boards flight 994 for the Cayman Islands. 1057 and 994 are the dates of two gargoyle clan massacres.  ("994" and "1057" were also to be the numbers borne by the two [[LXM]] robots in the projected spin-off ''[[Gargoyles 2198]]''.)
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==References to ''The Spectacular Spider-Man'' in ''Gargoyles''==
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* In ''[[The Gate|"The Gate"]]'', the [[Phoenix Gate]] appears on the roof of the [[Flatiron Building]], home of the ''Daily Bugle''.
  
==See also==
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==Norman Osborn & David Xanatos==
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The following was originally posted in an IGN interview with Greg Weisman on the episode, [http://tv.ign.com/articles/103/1034739p1.html "Accomplices"]
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''"Was the Incarnation of Norman Osborn in this show inspired by [[David Xanatos]] from Gargoyles? He seems very similar to him. He even has an [[Owen Burnett]] like assistant! Was this intentional of you?"''
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'''Weisman:''' Well, I can see why people feel that way. He's not the first person to bring that up and I get it and god knows Xanatos is so in my head that there's some influence there. But the truth is that Osborn predates Xanatos. I was reading Norman Osborn in comics long before Xanatos was a glimmer in my eye, so to speak. Even the thing about having an assistant… Osborn had that assistant in the comics. I didn't come up with him and stick him in. Donald Menken played that exact role in the comics – one in fact might argue that Owen was slightly influenced by Menken, although I don't actually think that was true, because Menken was pretty obscure. But when I went back and re-read the Spider-Man comics, after I got this gig, Menken was there.
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And as for how similar Osborn and Xanatos are, I think the similarities are somewhat surface. Yes, they're both incredibly wealthy, incredibly smart businessmen. But I think of Xanatos as being amoral and I think of Osborn as being immoral. And I think there's a big difference in that. Xanatos has said revenge is a sucker's game. I think Osborn kind of likes the revenge idea. Osborn is a really, really crappy father. And I think David is actually a really loving father. He's got lots of flaws, and I'm not saying some of those flaws won't impact how he raises his son, but David is going to do his damndest to raise that boy in an environment that's loving and warm and supportive, and it's obvious that's not Norman's point of view on things. Norman refuses to apologize or take responsibility for anything at all, and David's not like that either.
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It makes it sound like I think David's great and Norman's awful, and that's not how I feel at all. I think they're both great characters, but I do think that in real, fundamental ways, they are very different personalities. What they have in common is they're both very, very smart.
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==See Also==
 
* {{wikipedia2|The_Spectacular_Spider-Man_(TV_series)|The Spectacular Spider-Man (TV series)}}
 
* {{wikipedia2|The_Spectacular_Spider-Man_(TV_series)|The Spectacular Spider-Man (TV series)}}
 
* '''[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0976192/ The Spectacular Spider-Man]''' at the Internet Movie Database
 
* '''[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0976192/ The Spectacular Spider-Man]''' at the Internet Movie Database
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===Season One Credits===
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* [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=748 "Survival of the Fittest"]
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* [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=749 "Interactions"]
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* [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=751 "Natural Selection"]
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* [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=755 "Market Forces"]
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* [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=759 "Competition"]
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* [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=763 "The Invisible Hand"]
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* [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=764 "Catalysts"]
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* [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=765 "Reaction"]
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* [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=766 "The Uncertainty Principle"]
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* [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=767 "Persona"]
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* [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=768 "Group Therapy"]
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* [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=769 "Intervention"]
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* [http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=770 "Nature Vs. Nurture"]
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===Inside Spidey's Web===
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* [http://tv.ign.com/articles/998/998176p1.html Blueprints / Destructive Testing] - Greg Weisman talks about Mysterio and Kraven's introduction.
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* [http://tv.ign.com/articles/100/1000892p1.html Reinforcement] - Greg Weisman talks about the Sinister Six's return to The Spectacular Spider-Man.
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* [http://tv.ign.com/articles/100/1002428p1.html Shear Strength] - Greg Weisman talks about the Master Planner's true identity and more.
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* [http://tv.ign.com/articles/100/1004449p1.html First Steps] - Greg Weisman talks about Sandman, Flash Thompson and more.
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* [http://tv.ign.com/articles/100/1005738p1.html Growing Pains] - Greg Weisman talks about John Jameson and the return of Venom.
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* [http://tv.ign.com/articles/100/1009811p1.html Identity Crisis] - Greg Weisman talks about the big Venom rematch and possible future guest stars.
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* [http://tv.ign.com/articles/103/1034739p1.html Accomplices] - Greg Weisman talks Silver Sable, and Roderick "Hobgoblin" Kingsley.
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* [http://tv.ign.com/articles/103/1037040p1.html Probable Cause] - Greg Weisman talks about the New Enforcers, Harry's drug use and more.
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* [http://tv.ign.com/articles/103/1039771p1.html Gangland] - Greg Weisman talks about taking the show to the opera and Spidey's relationships with Gwen and George Stacy.
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* [http://tv.ign.com/articles/104/1044112p1.html Subtext] - Greg Weisman talks about Molten Man, Miles Warren and more.
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* [http://tv.ign.com/articles/104/1049863p1.html Opening Night / Final Curtain]- Greg Weisman talks about the end of Season 2 and the big revelations regarding Black Cat and Green Goblin.
  
 
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[[Category:Out-of-universe]]

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The Spectacular Spider-Man

The Spectacular Spider-Man was the seventh animated series to depict the Marvel Comics' character and icon, Spider-Man. It was produced by Gargoyles co-creator, Greg Weisman and Gargoyles storyboard artist, Vic Cook.

The Spectacular Spider-Man followed the theme of "the education of Peter Parker" as he attends High School and has to deal with keeping his grades up, girls and the stresses of being a teenager, while at the same time protects New York City from criminals and supervillains such as the Green Goblin, the Vulture, Electro, Venom and Dr. Octopus.

The series premiered on Kids WB on March 8th, 2008 and twenty-six episodes were produced. Sadly, the series was canceled after the second season.

Understandably, Greg Weisman has decided not to reveal any what-would-have-been-future plans for the show, knowing that there's no way he can do them justice online and that ultimately, "ideas divorced from execution are subject (particularly on the internet) to a level of second-guessing" that he'd prefer to avoid. [1][2]

The first non-canonical crossover with Gargoyles was performed as a Radio Play at the 2009 Gathering of the Gargoyles. Three more Radio Plays, which also crossed over with Young Justice, have since been written and were performed at CONvergence in 2014, 2016, and 2018. For more information, see "Religious Studies 101: A Handful of Thorns", "Recruits", "The Cosmos", and "Musicology 101: Songs of the Theme".

Cast Members

The following Gargoyles cast members appeared in The Spectacular Spider-Man. They are listed in alphabetical order.

Both Gargoyles and The Spectacular Spider-Man were voice directed by Jamie Thomason.

Had The Spectacular Spider-Man received a third season, Greg Weisman had planned to cast Marina Sirtis as Emily Osborn. [3]

Crew Members

In addition to Greg Weisman, Vic Cook, and Jamie Thomason, several other crew members from Gargoyles have also reunited to work on this series.

Also, while she didn't work on Gargoyles, it is worth noting that Jennifer L. Anderson served as Post Production Assistant for the first season, and Production Assistant for the second season. Jennifer is a long time fan of Gargoyles and the President of Gathering of the Gargoyles, Inc and was the Convention Chair of three Gathering of the Gargoyles conventions.

References to Gargoyles in The Spectacular Spider-Man

Mysterio's gargoy.... er... Homunculi.
  • In the pilot episode, "The Survival of the Fittest", Spider-Man swings past stone gargoyles that bear a close resemblance to Hudson, Broadway, and Goliath. Later in the episode, while battling the Vulture and the Enforcers, Spider-Man accidentally destroys a stone gargoyle that greatly resembles Broadway.
  • While not an intentional reference, Max Dillon is transformed into Electro when he is shocked by electric eels in Curt Conners' laboratory. This is similar to Anton Sevarius' "death scene" in "Metamorphosis".
  • Harry Osborn drinks from a vial labeled: OsCorp Globulin Green #994. 994 is the year of the Wyvern Massacre.
  • Another gargoyle appears in a Haunted House ride on Coney Island in "Reaction".
  • St. John Devereaux, who was to play the part of Falstaff in the production of The Merry Wives of Windsor that Aunt May and Anna Watson were hoping to attend, speaks to a friend of his named Sydney on the phone after the evening's performance is cancelled thanks to the attack of the Sinister Six. Sydney is the home-town of Dingo, who is linked to the Falstaff of the Gargoyles Universe in "Strangled" and "Losers". (This is a coincidence, but St. John Devereaux's performance of Falstaff was influenced by Greg Weisman's work on Falstaff for Bad Guys at the time.)
  • Mysterio, in his guise as a faux sorcerer, shouts "fulminos venite!" before firing a bolt of lightning. This was a favorite incantation of the Archmage.
  • Spider-Man asks a dismembered (and headless) Mysterio robot "What are you going to do, bite my kneecaps off?" The Xanatos Program asked the same question of Goliath in "Future Tense". Both are a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • When fighting a gigantic Sandman, Spider-Man asks himself "How am I supposed to beat up a beach?" The Archmage said "Don't crow too loudly. After all, what have you achieved? You beat up a beach." to the gargoyles in "Avalon" Part Two. (One of the Guardians also asked "How are we supposed to beat up a beach?" in an episode of W.I.T.C.H..)
  • In the Vault, Spider-Man is attacked by Mysterio's homunculi, which are little gargoyle-like creatures. Watching it on a monitor, J. Jonah Jameson exclaims "they should have their own show!"
"Mr. Roman"
  • "Mr. Roman" is an alias assumed by Norman Osborn. Osborn has also dyed his hair blond, and grew a mustache to hide his identity. As Mr. Roman, he bears a striking resemblance to John Castaway, and was a "bit of a tribute". [4]
  • When Dr. Connors and his family leave New York for Florida, they board Flight 1057. Meanwhile, "Mr. Roman" boards flight 994 for the Cayman Islands. 1057 and 994 are the dates of two gargoyle clan massacres. ("994" and "1057" were also to be the numbers borne by the two LXM robots in the projected spin-off Gargoyles 2198.)

References to The Spectacular Spider-Man in Gargoyles

Norman Osborn & David Xanatos

The following was originally posted in an IGN interview with Greg Weisman on the episode, "Accomplices"

"Was the Incarnation of Norman Osborn in this show inspired by David Xanatos from Gargoyles? He seems very similar to him. He even has an Owen Burnett like assistant! Was this intentional of you?"

Weisman: Well, I can see why people feel that way. He's not the first person to bring that up and I get it and god knows Xanatos is so in my head that there's some influence there. But the truth is that Osborn predates Xanatos. I was reading Norman Osborn in comics long before Xanatos was a glimmer in my eye, so to speak. Even the thing about having an assistant… Osborn had that assistant in the comics. I didn't come up with him and stick him in. Donald Menken played that exact role in the comics – one in fact might argue that Owen was slightly influenced by Menken, although I don't actually think that was true, because Menken was pretty obscure. But when I went back and re-read the Spider-Man comics, after I got this gig, Menken was there.

And as for how similar Osborn and Xanatos are, I think the similarities are somewhat surface. Yes, they're both incredibly wealthy, incredibly smart businessmen. But I think of Xanatos as being amoral and I think of Osborn as being immoral. And I think there's a big difference in that. Xanatos has said revenge is a sucker's game. I think Osborn kind of likes the revenge idea. Osborn is a really, really crappy father. And I think David is actually a really loving father. He's got lots of flaws, and I'm not saying some of those flaws won't impact how he raises his son, but David is going to do his damndest to raise that boy in an environment that's loving and warm and supportive, and it's obvious that's not Norman's point of view on things. Norman refuses to apologize or take responsibility for anything at all, and David's not like that either.

It makes it sound like I think David's great and Norman's awful, and that's not how I feel at all. I think they're both great characters, but I do think that in real, fundamental ways, they are very different personalities. What they have in common is they're both very, very smart.

See Also

Season One Credits

Inside Spidey's Web

  • Blueprints / Destructive Testing - Greg Weisman talks about Mysterio and Kraven's introduction.
  • Reinforcement - Greg Weisman talks about the Sinister Six's return to The Spectacular Spider-Man.
  • Shear Strength - Greg Weisman talks about the Master Planner's true identity and more.
  • First Steps - Greg Weisman talks about Sandman, Flash Thompson and more.
  • Growing Pains - Greg Weisman talks about John Jameson and the return of Venom.
  • Identity Crisis - Greg Weisman talks about the big Venom rematch and possible future guest stars.
  • Accomplices - Greg Weisman talks Silver Sable, and Roderick "Hobgoblin" Kingsley.
  • Probable Cause - Greg Weisman talks about the New Enforcers, Harry's drug use and more.
  • Gangland - Greg Weisman talks about taking the show to the opera and Spidey's relationships with Gwen and George Stacy.
  • Subtext - Greg Weisman talks about Molten Man, Miles Warren and more.
  • Opening Night / Final Curtain- Greg Weisman talks about the end of Season 2 and the big revelations regarding Black Cat and Green Goblin.