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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    Several others are mentioning that the cartoon helped. I wonder how important the long form storytelling was, since that is a big part of what makes the series work, but it requires steady access from the reader.
    Not all shows need long form of storytelling. But Spider-man's really helped. Other shows say like Batman TAS was about what i want to see more Batman. Spider-man's long form means i was actually waiting to see what will happen next. That's an extra layer of investment. One honestly can't wait to see what is going to happen next. I really loved that. As a kid my diet of shows included the likes of Mickey Mouse and those Disney shows like Duck Tales. Occasionally there would be two part or three part episodes but a lot of them were one episode stories. I loved when the stories were to be continued. Spider-man was a step up from that. As you said its one of the reasons why the series works. I was totally into Spider-man when the first film arrived. I remember waiting to see those TV spots just to have a glimpse of Spider-man. All thanks to Spider-man animated. And i had nothing else for that. It really worked for me.

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    Bendis' first Miles Morales run. Though I like Peter from...*whispers* the Ultimate Spider-Man movies.

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    For me it was a combination of The Electric Company and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends on TV. But comic wise I picked up a pack of 3 or 4 Transformers comics at my local Hy Vee and one of them was issue #3 I think that guest starred the old Web Head. My first real Spider-Man comic came a little bit later with an issue of Kraven's Last Hunt that had Vermin on the cover (not sure what issue). Man, I wish I could re-live those days.

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    Third Grade December 1985

    We were moving oversea and for some reason that I forgot, I wanted a comic...so my Mom said she'll buy me one and Spider-Man caught my eyes or at least I think it was him, I mean the title said it was Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man but why is he wearing black, isn't Spider-Man supposed to be Red, Blue like Superman ...oh wait, here's another one called "Marvel Tales? why isn't it called Spider-Man but it has Spider-Man in his red& blue... so I bought it. (It was the Marvel Tales reprinting ASM42 anyway)

    Later on oversea... where there were barely any comics around (it was the Middle East)... I lucked out and got the Marvel Tales reprinting ASM45... and then the TV... all 1 channel of it (that was airing things in English) broadcasted the 80's Spider-Man cartoon (not the one with the Amazing Friends)... the other one... and also the Electric Company and before I know it I was hooked on Spider-Man.

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    X-men the animated series is what got me into spider-man.

    I was a big XAS fan and wanted to try and get into the X-Men comics. Unfortunately for me, this was shortly after Claremont left and the books were sold out everywhere. I went to a video rental place that was on the corner of my block. They had recently started selling comic books. On the rack was Spectacular Spider-Man issue 199. I picked it up because the X-men were guest stars. What caught my eye was the final page where Harry Osborn, as the Green Goblin, tells MJ they need to talk. I picked up issue 200 a month later and was instantly a fan of the Green Goblin and of Spider-Man. Of course Harry died that issue but then Maximum Carnage started soon after and the game was released not long after that and i was hooked right on time for the second Clone Saga.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soubhagya View Post
    Not all shows need long form of storytelling. But Spider-man's really helped. Other shows say like Batman TAS was about what i want to see more Batman. Spider-man's long form means i was actually waiting to see what will happen next. That's an extra layer of investment. One honestly can't wait to see what is going to happen next. I really loved that. As a kid my diet of shows included the likes of Mickey Mouse and those Disney shows like Duck Tales. Occasionally there would be two part or three part episodes but a lot of them were one episode stories. I loved when the stories were to be continued. Spider-man was a step up from that. As you said its one of the reasons why the series works. I was totally into Spider-man when the first film arrived. I remember waiting to see those TV spots just to have a glimpse of Spider-man. All thanks to Spider-man animated. And i had nothing else for that. It really worked for me.
    There are plenty of series that don't need long form storytelling, but Spider-Man really benefits from it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor2014 View Post
    The Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends cartoon. I knew the DC heroes through Superfriends and merch. I knew Spider-Man, Hulk and Stan Lee were from another company. It seemed like DC had a hold on mass media and general brand recognition back then, it wasn't until years later that I became more familiar with the 'other' comics company.
    This right here. Spider-man and his Amazing Friends/Incredible Hulk cartoons for Marvel (and an old mego Spider-man that I don't remember WHEN I got...) , and Superfriends/Adam West Batman for DC.

    Comic wise... It was the first Secret Wars comic/toys that introduced to me to the greater Marvel universe and probably a bunch of old silver-age Superman comics from my uncle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    Several others are mentioning that the cartoon helped. I wonder how important the long form storytelling was, since that is a big part of what makes the series work, but it requires steady access from the reader.
    Actually, I felt like the 'long form' really hurt that series. I loved the early seasons with episodes of lizard, octopus, mysterio, spider-slayers... with just a loose connecting thread that tied the series together... like a comic book. However each episode felt stand-alone and you could watch it when you watched... Even the 2-3 episode 'symbiote costume' or 'hobgoblin' storylines were fine since you didn't miss MUCH and there were a ton of other episodes to watch... The later seasons though? ONce the whole season was dedicated to secret wars or tablets of time or whatever... it wasn't 6 separate stories tied together... it was ONE story with 6 parts and in the era before DVR and Streaming and the competition with a VHS... missing one chapter felt like a LOT...

    I much preferred the Amazing Friends concept of a dozen episodes without continuity that can be seen in any order when you get home from school. I loved the 90's use of ALL the marvel characters... but the 'long form' got on my nerves a LOT back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantom1592 View Post
    Actually, I felt like the 'long form' really hurt that series. I loved the early seasons with episodes of lizard, octopus, mysterio, spider-slayers... with just a loose connecting thread that tied the series together... like a comic book. However each episode felt stand-alone and you could watch it when you watched... Even the 2-3 episode 'symbiote costume' or 'hobgoblin' storylines were fine since you didn't miss MUCH and there were a ton of other episodes to watch... The later seasons though? ONce the whole season was dedicated to secret wars or tablets of time or whatever... it wasn't 6 separate stories tied together... it was ONE story with 6 parts and in the era before DVR and Streaming and the competition with a VHS... missing one chapter felt like a LOT...

    I much preferred the Amazing Friends concept of a dozen episodes without continuity that can be seen in any order when you get home from school. I loved the 90's use of ALL the marvel characters... but the 'long form' got on my nerves a LOT back then.
    I wasn't focused as much on 14 episode sagas as I was on the idea that events in one episode had consequences for Peter's life in the next (IE- that Eddie Brock is introduced as a member of the supporting cast, or that Aunt May references Mary Jane before Peter meets her.)
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    The Nicholas Hammond TV show from the 70's....I caught it on repeats when I was really young, and that got me into the character....Well, that and Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends...Loved Iceman and Firestar, too....

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    Well it is a new year, so I wonder if we have any other Spider-Fans wanting to share the point where they got tangled in Spidey's web. I mean the man does have one of the coolest costumes in all superheroics.

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    The Tobey Maguire movies. Such a huge part of my childhood.

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