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Awfully Good Movies: Spider-Man Strikes Back (Video)

Spider-Man Strikes Back (1978)
Director: Ron Satlof
Stars: Nicholas Hammond, Robert Alda, Michael Pataki

Today marks the day that Spider-Man finally swings back home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, so Awfully Good Movies is once again returning to the well of Marvel's early days of adapting their comic books for TV with 1978's SPIDER-MAN STRIKES BACK! Before Holland or Garfield or Maguire donned the red and blue spandex, it was SOUND OF MUSIC star Nicholas Hammond who was doing whatever a spider could in this 1977-79 TV show on CBS, and if you were living in Europe at the time, you had the pleasure of seeing some of these show's episodes get reedited into three feature-length theatrical movies. And since Awfully Good's Jason Adams has already introduced you to the first of these flicks, Awfully Good Movies is pleased to show you its sequel, which shows our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man going up against a villain far more dastardly than any Vulture or Green Goblin: ALAN ALDA'S ELDERLY FATHER!!! But in addition to that, Spider-Man's also got to deal with a gang of his college buddies building an atomic bomb, a snooping female reporter who may find out his secret identity, and the sweet-ass karate moves of the villain's henchmen. It just goes to show you that the folks over at Columbia Pictures and Sony were trying to dick around with Spider-Man long before they had him turn emo. 

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Extra Tidbit: YES, I know that Spider-Man technically made his first live-action appearance on the "Spidey Super Stories" segment of PBS' THE ELECTRIC COMPANY from 1974 to 1977, and the first commenter who tries to correct me is gonna get socked in the nose. (And YES, I have the ability to punch you through your computer screen.)

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