The 1967 Spider-Man cartoon is one of my favorites of all-time. It’s kitschy and groovy and hit me right in the cerebral cortex as a kid in the ’70s.
I loved it then and I love it now.
But, that doesn’t mean its flaws aren’t obvious — even if that’s a significant part of the show’s charm.
It also doesn’t mean it was necessarily a field day to work on the series — and to hear legendary animator Ralph Bakshi tell it, it wasn’t.
“What I tried to do with those guys and my animators was to make it more realistic,” Bakshi, who took over the show in the second season, said in an interview that was reported by Geek. “I should also point out that my distaste for comic book publishers and editors rose vehemently at that point. Marvel Comics could care less what the guys on the coast were doing and they could care less what I was doing. In other words, they didn’t give a shit what I did with the show as long as they got their weekly stipend from ABC.”
Bakshi didn’t stop there: “To me, it was utterly amazing in those days to get anything realistic. It was all such crap and Spider-Man to me was real. Marvel Comics, Simon and Kirby and Ditko were great. I broke my heart to do the show, which is why I was so angry at Marvel Comics because if they had been even a little helpful, the show would have been so much better.”
The interview isn’t long but it’s a real barnburner. Click here to check it out. It’s worth it.
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UPDATED: An earlier update to this story referenced questions about the original source of these quotes, the book Spider-Man: Confidential, by Edward Gross. Geek has updated its story to the proper byline. — Dan