Welcome to the five hundred and fifty-seventh in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, learn why an episode of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends only aired once! Did Jim Starlin nearly kill off Shang-Chi? And finally, did Mark Waid originally intend to use Impulse at another comic book company before bringing him over to the pages of the Flash?
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COMIC LEGEND: An episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends was pulled from the regular synidcation package because of its plotline involving Spidey and the gang fighting Nazis.
Reader Cerebro wrote in about another interesting example of this phenomenon, involving the Spider-Man animated series, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
In the Season 1 finale, in an episode written by the showrunner of the series, Dennis Marks, Spider-Man faced off against the Red Skull in “The Quest of the Red Skull”…
The episode was intended as a sort of homage of the then-recent hit film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, as Spider-Man, Iceman and Firestar aid Professor Hiawatha Smith (instead of Indiana Jones) against Red Skull and his Nazi underlings…
The episode involved a history lesson about World War II (where Firestar is oddly grossly ignorant about the events of World War II – “Wow, this Hitler guy is pretty bad!”)
And the story revolves a giant rock swastika…
In any event, after airing once, NBC then pulled the episode from their regular Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends syndication package. However, the episode DID air a few more times. At least once in 1988 as part of Marvel’s Action Universe and once in 1999 on the UPN. And I believe when the whole series went up on Netflix, it was included. But it was not included when the series aired on Toon Disney or ABC Family, as it was not a part of the show’s standard syndication package.
It’s too bad, as the episode is actually very good overall.
Thanks to Cerebro for the suggestion!
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