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"Spider-Man: The Animated Series" vs "The Spectacular Spider-Man" - Preference?

Discussion in 'The Marvel Animation Forum' started by Miyamoto Musashi, May 14, 2008.

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Do you prefer "Spider-Man: The Animated Series" or "The Spectacular Spider-Man"

  1. I prefer "The Spectacular Spider-Man"

    58.2%
  2. I like/love them both

    22.0%
  3. "Spider-Man: The Animated Series" wins the challenge for me

    19.8%
  1. Miyamoto Musashi

    Miyamoto Musashi Law Enforcer

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    This discussion has popped up in other threads so I thought a more in-depth discussion about it might work better.
     
  2. ShadowStar

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    Nine episodes in, I'd think it's too early to compare them. Maybe after season 1 has finished... But having glimpsed some parts of the first nine episodes, I have to say that I'm coming around to The Spectacular Spiderman.
     
  3. Miyamoto Musashi

    Miyamoto Musashi Law Enforcer

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    Naah, it isn't too early to judge since nine out of thirteen episodes from the first season of SSM are already better than the thirteen episodes of "Spider-Man tas season 1", now all is remaining is to compare "the alien costume", the "chameleon" and "the sinister six" between the two shows (even as we know the insidious six arc is in season 2 of Spider-Man tas).

    Sure, the arts and character designs are much better and more realistic in tas, but the eighties shows had better art and stories, and since eighties cartoons are meant for fun more than seriousness they sure don't fall as heavy as tas is falling now (except "Night of the Lizard" & "The Alien Costume").

    *The current show has "Sandman" & "Betty Brant", and Electro is Max Dillon who was not a targeted complicated person.
    *Currently no guest stars (B.C originally appeared in Spider-Man comics, so she doesn't count as a guest someone like Reed Richards would make).
    *How the symbiote came down to Earth is more reasonable than the way tas got it (Now how would a black goo that only moved on the astronauts uniforms would hurt them so bad and jam the shuttle without going inside the instruments?)
     
  4. R-Taco

    R-Taco Just A Little Bit Crazy

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    More detail does not equal better. I can definitely say that it's a lot harder to draw a good-looking stylized person than a realistic one.
     
  5. Anwar

    Anwar Lord of the Vindaloovians

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    YEah, that was my main beef with X-MEN TAS as well.

    X-Men EVO and SSM have the right idea, redesigning that chars for TV first instead of just trying to directly adapt comic designs.

    Then again, they got the idea from Timm.
     
  6. Harlan_Phoenix

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    Most would say its too early, but honestly, I'd say Spectacular Spider-Man is already better.
     
  7. Miyamoto Musashi

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    Compare Notes: The Symbiote

    Currnetly about:
    1. How it came to Earth
    2. How it got on Spider-Man

    How did each happen? and to you which of each is better: In tas or in ssm?
     
  8. Anwar

    Anwar Lord of the Vindaloovians

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    I dunno, I lean towards the TAS origin at the moment. But SSM at least introduced John before the symbiote arc instead of just having him appear at the start already on a space mission.
     
  9. Goodfellow

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    Spectacular became superior after 5 episodes. I loved TAS when I was a kid, but now, I can barely get through an episode. The animation is far too choppy, the voice acting reaks, and the stories vary from subpar to way too rediculous. Plus Spectacular has Gwen in it, and she has always been a far stronger character than MJ will ever be.
     
  10. Anwar

    Anwar Lord of the Vindaloovians

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    Here's hoping she doesn't become the over-worrying mess that was ultimately killed off because no one knew what to do with her.
     
  11. Miyamoto Musashi

    Miyamoto Musashi Law Enforcer

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    I prefer the way the symbiote came down to Earth in SSM no doubts about that.
    The second point: I still can't my mind set on one of them.

    Right choice. But I do respect that some people consider tas better than this one. To hate ssm is what I go "HUH?" on.

    Not that much to me

    This isn't crappy at all, at least to me. It's a wonder you didn't complain about Macendale

    M.J, Robbie & Kraven had bad voices. M.J's design sucks as well (from face to feet)
    Scorpion in season 5 sounds horrible, Mysterio in season 2 sounds a bit feminine.

    30%, not 90%

    I didn't complain about that, before reading "Golden & Silver age comics" and seeing SSM I didn't like her.


    She's my favorite lady from the Spider-Man world, so I can go with this choice except for SM&HAF

    Your not the only one who hate this crappy Electro, only a few liked the concept. Blech

    It had some good lights, but Spider-Man's most dangerous villain is weak? You have the right to hate it.

    He did much better as a solo crime boss

    Yes he is, comics are better

    That's quite cool

    It gives more sense to her being able to attack Spider-Man

    I compared her to the comics, this version doesn't qualify as a loved to see version.

    Aren't you a bit overreacting?

    Dr.Strange and his villains are bad in this show.

    It's as someone said: "She made Spider-Man look dumb"
    I hate it when they tell you who you are then say they real question is "Who are you?" when you inquire about them

    It was fine. To me it's one of the show's best arcs

    That is one unpleasant story, you should really complain about Morrie being obsessed with "Mary Jane"

    You got a good point in this one

    I missed him there

    Is it that stuffed with guest stars?
     
    #11 Miyamoto Musashi, May 18, 2008
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  12. thedanmachine

    thedanmachine gomu gomu no custom title

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    whats the big deal with people wanting guest star marvel heroes so badly? i think the spider-man mythos is big enough so that there never has to be an x-men of fantastic four visit episode.
     
  13. stephane dumas

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    I guess since Spidey meets the X-men, Fantastic Four, Captain America and the Hulk in the comics, they wished to see the cameos of guests stars in the animated series.
     
  14. Antiyonder

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    Agreed, but in the event that they can bring in a guest star, it certainly wouldn't hurt. Batman and Superman for instance can do fine without team, but their team ups are iconic nonetheless.

    But going with the usual opinion, I believe the team ups which would allow for the best character moments would be between Spider-Man and Daredevil (since both deal with street level crime and share a common foe in the Kingpin), and Spider-Man & The Human Torch (Since both are the same age).
     
  15. Reg

    Reg Writing About This and That

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    The first season isn't over yet, but 10 eps in and I still believe SSM is better than STAS. That said, even with all its flaws, I do still like STAS.

    Storm: Power of lightning, STRIKE AGAIN!!!
    Spidey: Uh... power of web-shooters, get... real sticky.

    Kingpin: I have looked forward to this for some time!
    Spidey: What'd you have in mind, a pie eating contest?
     
  16. King_of_doom

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    Hmmmm i gotta say that the Spectacular Spider-Man i like it more even for 10 episodes yet the TAS also had some good moments.

    The TAS was cool. The first episode was my fav since when i saw the commercial for the premier of the show i wanted to see it so bad and waited to see the other episode since they took it so long to air it. Sure that some scenes where kinda meh, Especially with the 3D background since that was kinda lame and also no punching.

    The Spectacular Spider-Man has more cool stuff that the TAS couldn't had like real guns, The action is more impresive and the interaction of the characters is getting interesting, Also the story arcs are working well, Connecting a story for another upcoming story for a future episode.

    Anyway even tho SP i'm starting to dig alot, I grew with the TAS so i can't say i don't like it because i like the 2 shows.
     
  17. Spider-Friends

    Spider-Friends www.spider-friends.com

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    Spectacular is my answer without thinking twice. It is better in every single respect. The designs in Spectacular are my only complaint. (I wish the designs and animation were as good as FF:WGH.) Regardless, the designs are still better than the designs in SM:TAS.
     
  18. Batman

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    I love both series .
     
  19. sdp

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    I enjoy Spectacular a lot but I just prefer TAS. The stock footage is noticeable but people complain too much about it, it just works better IMO if peter is a college student, I think the villains were introduced better too and just liked the interactions more.
     
  20. Caswin

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    The show resolved the battle they'd been preparing him for for the last three seasons and gave him a meeting with Stan Lee in the last episode. Surely that counts for something.
     

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