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I know this journal is basically defunct, and I apologize. I do want to write about the film Notorious, which was not great, but elicited a strong emotional response from me because of my childhood connections to the subject. But I'm not feeling that right now.


What I do want to write about right now is the cartoon Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, which is rerun on Toon Disney. It's from the 70s, I think (I can't be bothered to Wikipedia it right now), and I have to say that it is the FUNNIEST, most TERRIBLE cartoon EVER!!! Seriously, I cannot stop watching them because they are laugh riots! The premise of the show is that Iceman and Firestar go to the same university that Peter Parker does, and he discovers their identities and asks them to team up with him. Then they basically go fight crime together.

The catch here is that EACH of them behaves like complete morons!!! I guess I can accept it from Iceman and Firestar, who are team players, but Spider-Man is a) supposed to be a brilliant scientist, and b) a solo act most of the time. Peter Parker is literally carrying the idiot ball throughout the entire show! It is ridiculous how stupid he acts! He swings behind a bunch of boxes in a warehouse in one episode and stands there for like half a minute while the bad guy pounds on the boxes until they topple and fall on him. Instead of swinging out of there immediately, he stands and dodges the boxes on the ground, catching one that's about to hit him. WHAT?? Iceman is on a date with Mona Osborne (apparently Norman's niece), and he hears an eerie voice ask her if he can have the next dance. He says, "If you want to, Mona," and then SEES the Green Goblin swoop in and steal her away, while calmly standing there. (The ridiculous justification is that this takes place on Halloween; apparently everyone constructs their own goblin gliders and gets into character when going out on Halloween.) But the all-time funniest scene has to be in the pilot episode. Which I will now post in its own entry, simply because I am not quite sure how to post it in this one. The hilarity starts about 7 and a half minutes into the video, and bear in mind that Peter Parker has already run into Firestar and Iceman on campus as Spider-Man, so he knows that they attend as students.
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classy_dame
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Time:2009-02-06 04:40 pm (UTC)
What a funny topic for your long-awaited LJ return...

It sounds hilarious though. I'm definitely going to be youtubing it...or I'll be lazy and just watch what you posted.
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franklinshepard
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Time:2009-02-06 05:02 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I know, but I just had to share this hilarity with the world. It is cramazing.
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gruyere
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Time:2009-02-06 08:51 pm (UTC)
I have fond horrible memories of that show.
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laughingdryad
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Time:2009-02-06 10:23 pm (UTC)
Is it sad that I already knew about this? I love Spiderman cartoons in any form (excluding the ones that popped up the very late 90s, Spiderman Extreme or Unlimited or Existential or something) and though I prefer Spiderman on his own, I'll tolerate Iceman and Firestar if it means I get to see Spidey take down boxy-looking aliens and fiends who live on electricity.

Agreed, though. I love Spidey's snarky comments - I think that's why I prefer him to superheroes like Batman and Superman, who are all Jack Serious all the time - but everything that's said in that clip makes me gag on the cheesiness.

Sigh. There was that one perfect era of Spiderman cartoons where everything was perfect - Spidey was snarky, Mary Jane was spunky, and other Marvel characters like the X-Men occasionally guest-starred. Those were the days.

so what was the question? Yes, they're all dumbbutts. Agreed. Also, vintage dumb Spidey still = awesome in hilarity.

Also, hi!
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franklinshepard
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Time:2009-02-07 01:37 am (UTC)
Yeah! I loved those mid-90s cartoons - those were terrific adaptations of the best of the comics. The only way they could've been better is if the network hadn't been so incredibly stringent about violence (no guns, no death) and if they had gotten a final season (although that last episode where Spider-Man meets Stan Lee was pretty terrific and kind of moving, at least to my 5th grade mind.)

I've always been a big fan of Spider-Man too, for the reasons you mentioned, as well as the fact that he started out as a nerdy outcast - I always identified with that. I think Spider-Man's first couple issues (together in a trade paperback) were the first comics I ever bought.

And I think the reason I find this cartoon so hilarious is that I'm so used to smart, resourceful Peter Parker, who routinely faces villains who are stronger and sometimes smarter than him. But he always manages to pull through by his brains or sheer force of will. For my money, he's one of the greatest superheroes of all time, for his weaknesses as well as his strengths. Too bad the Spider-Man movies are so not good.
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