With DC Comics adapting superheroes like Batman and Superman into films and tv shows from the 1970s to the early 1990s, it looked like Marvel was on the way out unless the company upped its game. After the success of the 1992 series, X-Men, Marvel proved that it could still hold its own against its biggest competitor. To show X-X-Men wasn't a one-hit wonder, the company launched the animated show, Spider-Man in 1994.
Although Marvel has had success in the past with previous animated shows revolving around the wallcrawler like the 1967 version of Spider-Man as well as Spider-Man + His Amazing Friends, the 1994 version's ratings went through the roof. Not only did it air in over 20 countries, it was the top-ranked show in Germany, Portugal, and Spain. Despite the fact that there's 11 television shows of Spidey (with another on the way,) the 1994 version is considered to be the best one.
At first, the show's success doesn't seem that surprising. Of course it was a hit. It's Spider-Man for crying out loud!
But making the show was no picnic. As incredible as the cartoon was, the stories behind making it are just as entertaining. Such as...
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