Another glimpse into the Choob’s misspent youth this week, as our classic theme tune comes from the original 1960s Spider-Man animated TV series.
The show was the first time the popular Marvel hero had appeared outwith the pages of comic books. It ran in the US from 1967 until 1970, initially on the ABC network, though I’m not quite that old – I remember it from later screenings on UK TV in the mid-to-late 70s. If I remember correctly, it was regularly featured on Glen Michael’s Cartoon Cavalcade on STV.
The 60s Spider-Man is mainly remembered these days for the excellent theme tune, which is so identified with the character that it is even featured in one form or another in all three of the recent Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. The lyrics were written by Academy Award-winner Paul Francis Webster, while the music was composed by Bob Harris.
“Is he strong? Listen, bud,
He’s got radioactive blood…”