There have been a lot of Spider-Man animated series over the years. But each show had a beginning, a premiere episode which tried to introduce us to various takes on Peter Parker/Spider-Man, his world, supporting cast and rogues gallery, etc. Below is a list of the first episodes from each Spidey cartoon show since 1967 and until today, complete with some technical specs and random mini-commentary. *Please note this thread may contain spoilers about Marvel's Spider-Man, which debuted today. Image courtesy of Marvel Animation Age SPIDER-MAN (1967-1970) - Premiere episode(s): "The Power of Dr. Octopus" / "Sub-Zero for Spidey" - Original air-date: September 9th, 1967 - Plot(s): Dr. Octopus schemes to destroy an entire section of the city, and Spider-Man must stop him. / Professor Smartyr is kidnapped by ice-creatures to help them fix their starship, and Spider-Man must stop the city from freezing over. - Villain(s): Doctor Octopus / Plutonian Ice Creatures - Random thoughts: Most of the episodes from this show were composed of two, 11-minutes long segments, especially in the first and last seasons. The show used a lot of made-up villains throughout its run. Big names like Doc Ock, Green Goblin and Electro (to name a few) did appear multiple times. SPIDER-WOMAN (1979-1980) - Premiere episode: "Pyramids of Terror" - Original air-date: September 22nd, 1979 - Plot: The Justice Magazine crew investigate an alien invasion in Egypt led by the mummy Khufu. - Villain(s): Alien mummies - Random thoughts: Technically this wasn't a Spider-Man cartoon, but since it featured a hero with spider-like powers and Spidey himself guest-starred in 2 episodes (including the premiere), I figured it would be worth mentioning. The show used mostly original villains but classic Marvel foes like Kingpin and Dormammu also appeared. SPIDER-MAN (1981-1982) - Premiere episode: "Bubble, Bubble, Oil and Trouble" - Original air-date: September 12th, 1981 - Plot: Doctor Octopus commits various mysterious crimes in an effort to upgrade his mechanical arms and steal the world’s oil supply. - Villain: Doctor Octopus - Random thoughts: Second time in a row Doc Ock is the villain in the premiere of a Spidey show. The show featured guest appearances from other Marvel heroes (Captain America & Namor the Sub-Mariner) throughout its run. Most notably, there was also a five-part story-arc with Spidey having to confront Doctor Doom. SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS (1981-1983) - Premiere episode: "Triumph of the Green Goblin" - Original air-date: September 12th, 1981 - Plot: A plane crash turns Norman Osborn back into the Green Goblin, who plans to turn the entire city into goblins. - Villain: Green Goblin - Random thoughts: The aforementioned Spider-Man show from the 80s also had an episode with a similar story, titled "Revenge of the Green Goblin". Spider-Man was teamed up with Firestar and Iceman for this show. The third season featured an origin story for how the three formed this team. SPIDER-MAN (1994-1998) - Premiere episode: "Night of the Lizard" - Original air-date: November 19th, 1994 - Plot: Spider-Man discovers that his science teacher, Dr. Curt Connors, has been turned into a deranged lizard due to an experiment gone wrong, and is abducting people throughout Manhattan. - Villain: Lizard - Random thoughts: Starting with the second season, the show did season-long story-arcs. The fifth and final season had 3 smaller story-arcs. The show featured plenty of Spidey villains, and supporting characters from the comics, as well as guest-stars in other Marvel heroes (like the X-Men, Iron Man, Captain America, etc). Sandman never made it into the show. SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED (1999-2001) - Premiere episode: "Worlds Apart, Part 1" - Original air-date: October 2nd, 1999 - Plot: When Spider-Man spots his two main enemies, Venom and Carnage, hijacking on John Jameson's spaceship on a trip to the mysterious planet, Counter-Earth, he fails to stop them and the two symbiote villains go with Jameson to Counter-Earth, where the ship crashes and Jameson presumably dies. The public then blames Spider-Man for Jameson's seeming death. Spider-Man fakes his own death and lies low for half a year until he gets a new nano-tech costume from Reed Richards and gets another ride to Counter-Earth. - Villain(s): Venom and Carnage - Random thoughts: The show was supposed to be a continuation of the previously mentioned 90s Spider-Man show. Various new Counter-Earth versions of classic Spidey villains appear throughout the show's run. Venom and Carnage are sort of the main villains, after the High Evolutionary. SPIDER-MAN: THE NEW ANIMATED SERIES (2003) - Premiere episode: "The Party" - Original air-date: July 11th, 2003 - Plot: Parker's nerdy high-school friend Max is hazed in a deadly fraternity prank that turns him into Electro, a high-voltage villain that threatens the campus. Only Spider-Man can stop him from exacting his revenge on the students. - Villain: Electro - Random thoughts: The episodes aired out of order, sometimes making the continuity of the show hard to follow. It was also loosely set in the same continuity as the live-action Spider-Man movies of the time. The show featured mostly made-up villains throughout its run. The likes of Kraven the Hunter, Lizard and Silver Sable did appear. Electro appeared in 2 episodes. A version of the Kingpin (voiced by Michael Clarke Duncan) also appeared in an episode. THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (2008-2009) - Premiere episode: "Survival of the Fittest" - Original air-date: March 8th, 2008 - Plot: Summer is ending and Peter Parker's junior year is about to start of high school. His superhero ego, Spider Man has to face the Enforcers and the Vulture. - Villain(s): Vulture and the Enforcers - Random thoughts: The show was split up into mini-arcs, 3 or 4 episodes long. Each one had a recurring theme, and the episode titles were based on different terms from a specific subject taught in schools, in keeping with the theme of "The Education of Peter Parker". A lot of classic and newer Spidey villains, and various supporting characters from the comics were used on the show. ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN (2012-2017) - Premiere episode: "Great Power" / "Great Responsibility" - Original air-date: April 1st, 2012 - Plot(s): One year after becoming Spider-Man, a teenage Peter Parker is approached by Nick Fury to train with S.H.I.E.L.D. Spidey turns Fury down, but soon finds that villainous forces may require him to join the big leagues after all. / When Spider-Man accepts Nick Fury's offer to be trained by S.H.I.E.L.D. to become the Ultimate Spider-Man, he discovers that he will be joining forces with four other teenage Super Heroes - Nova, White Tiger, Power Man and Iron Fist. - Villain(s): The Frightful Four (Wizard, Thundra, Klaw and Trapster) and Doctor Octopus - Random thoughts: First time both parts of an hour long premiere episode air on the same date. Starting with season three, the show gained the subtitle "Web Warriors". The fourth and final season was known as "Ultimate Spider-Man Versus the Sinister Six". With a total of 104 episodes, this is currently the longest running Marvel cartoon as well as the longest Spider-Man animated series produced so far. For more thoughts regarding the Frightful Four in animation, check out this thread. MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN (2017-present) - Premiere episode: "Horizon High, Parts 1-2" - Original air-date: August 19th, 2017 - Plot(s): Peter is accepted into Horizon High: a school for geniuses, where his best friend Harry Osborn was just suspended. Peter makes his debut as Spider-Man and must battle the Vulture. / Spider-Man must work to stop the Scorpion from wreaking havoc at the museum. - Villain(s): Vulture and Scorpion - Random thoughts: Second time both parts of an hour long premiere episode air on the same date. To discuss this premiere more in-depth, check out this thread Which of these Spider-Man premieres did you enjoy the most? Obviously you can pick more than one, if you'd like. Do you think the older shows still hold up? What would you change - if you could - in one of the premieres to make it more enjoyable? How would you handle the start of a new Spider-Man cartoon, if you had the opportunity? Who should be the first villain(s) he has to fight? Leave a comment below and discuss, and remember to be respectful of each others' opinions!