The Spectacular Spider-Man
The Spectacular Spider-Man is the seventh animated series to depict the Marvel Comics' character and icon, Spider-Man. It is produced by 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.
The series premiered on Kids WB on March 8th, and at the moment, twenty-six episodes were produced. Sadly, the series was canceled after two seasons.
The following Gargoyles cast members have or will be appearing in The Spectacular Spider-Man. They are listed in alphabetical order.
- Thom Adcox - Phineas Mason/Tinkerer, Homunculi.
- Ed Asner - Uncle Ben
- Jeff Bennett - Montana/Shocker, St. John Devereaux, Bernard Houseman.
- Xander Berkeley - Quentin Beck/Mysterio
- Clancy Brown - Captain George Stacy, Alex O'Hirn/The Rhino
- Lacey Chabert - Gwen Stacy
- Jim Cummings - Crusher Hogan
- Keith David - 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 - Morris Bench
- Elisa Gabrielli - Ashley Kafka
- Dorian Harewood - Doc Bromwell
- Clyde Kusatsu - Ted Twaki
- Kath Soucie - Martha Connors, Anna Watson
- Cree Summer - Glory Grant, Homunculi
- B.J. Ward - Mayor Waters
- Greg Weisman - Donald Menken
- Tom Wilson - Stan Carter
Both Gargoyles and The Spectacular Spider-Man were voice directed by Jamie Thomason.
In addition to Greg Weisman, Vic Cook, and Jamie Thomason, several other crew members from "Gargoyles" have also returned 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 Gatherings.
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.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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 homuculi, which are little gargoyle-like creatures. Watching it on a monitor, J. Jonah Jameson exclaims "they should have their own show!"
- 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".)
- "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.