Remember The Amazing Spider-Man TV show from the late ’70s? Recently, The Hollywood Reporter posted an interview where Stan Lee discussed his feelings towards the CBS series.
The live-action drama starred Nicholas Hammond as Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man). The show only lated two seasons before being cancelled by CBS in 1979.
In the interview, Lee revealed he was “very unhappy” with the 1970s show:
The Spider-Man TV series I was very unhappy with because very often, people will take a novel, let’s say, and bring it to the screen … and they will leave out the one element, the one quality that made the novel a best-seller. With Spider-Man, I felt the people who did the live-action series left out the very elements that made the comic book popular.”
And what were those elements?
They left out the humor. They left out the human interest and personality and playing up characterizations and personal problems.”
Watch a clip from the interview below:
What do you think? Did you watch The Amazing Spider-Man from the 1970s? What’s your favorite Spider-Man adaptation (film or television)?
I did watch the 1970’s Spiderman and it was not bad. I loved the 1970’s cartoon version, too, especially the theme song.