The BEST Episodes of Spider-Man

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

Marvel Comics' most memorable character, Spider-Man (Spidey for short), got the star treatment in animation in 1967. This cartoon premiered at around the same time as The Fantastic Four and the Marvel Superheroes Hour. The theme song is one of the most memorable television theme songs ever, and has been re-recorded plenty of times. When high school student Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider at a lab demonstration, he finds himself owner of some new powers, namely the proportionate strength, speed, and agility of a natural spider, plus a sixth "spider"-sense that enables him to sense danger, and the ability to climb on walls.

The Vanishing Doctor Vespasian

#1 - The Vanishing Doctor Vespasian

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 12, 1970

Dr. Vespasian, a green-skinned, wrinkled scientist, concocts a drinkable invisibility formula and uses it on himself and his dog, Brutus.

star 8.67
3 votes
Revolt in the Fifth Dimension

#2 - Revolt in the Fifth Dimension

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired May 24, 1970

A dying scientist from the destroyed planet Goth in the deceased galaxy of Kamosah must land his crippled spaceship on Earth and, before expiring, entrusts Spiderman with a tiny but encyclopedic library of information, including the secrets of a dimension of living thought, whose one-eyed, skeletal ruler, Infinata, wants this information destroyed.

star 8.50
2 votes
The Madness of Mysterio

#3 - The Madness of Mysterio

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired May 17, 1970

Spiderman tussles once more with master-of-illusion Mysterio. This time, Mysterio causes Spidey to think that he has shrunk the web-swinger and placed him in a miniature amusement park.

star 8.50
4 votes
To Cage a Spider

#4 - To Cage a Spider

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 18, 1969

Two robbers dynamite a bank safe and abscond in their car with millions of stolen dollars. Spidey chases them. The villains throw a ""Vibrator"" device at the web-swinger, and it explodes in Spidey's face! Spidey falls more than 20 building stories to strike a Manhattan street's pavement..

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Ralph Bakshi
Writers:
Down to Earth

#5 - Down to Earth

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Jun 7, 1970

Jameson orders Peter to fly in an airplane with Daily Bugle pilot Osa Olsen to the North Pole to locate a fallen meteor with bizarre antennae, but a thunder-snowstorm cripples Parker and Olsen's airplane, and it crashes in a wasteland populated by a tribe of savages, who have appropriated the meteor and are planning to drop it into a volcano as an offering to their fire god in return for warmth.

star 8.25
4 votes
Cold Storage

#6 - Cold Storage

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 11, 1969

Sophisticated diamond thief Dr. Cool and his henchman have heisted a fortune in diamonds and are at a deserted-before-dawn ice factory, planning to smuggle the gems through international customs by mixing the ""hot ice"" with large quantities of the ordinary variety.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Ralph Bakshi
Writers:
Sky Harbor

#7 - Sky Harbor

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 5, 1970

A German Baron utilizes a flying aircraft carrier to launch an attack on New York City with World War One-style fighter airplanes.

star 8.00
4 votes
Double Identity

#8 - Double Identity

Season 1 - Episode 36 - Aired Jan 13, 1968

Art robberies are committed by an old enemy of Spiderman, actor Charles Cameo, who can utilize masks and make-up to usurp any identity, including those of J. Jonah Jameson and Spiderman!

star 7.33
6 votes
Menace from the Bottom of the World

#9 - Menace from the Bottom of the World

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 12, 1968

Investigating the disappearance of banks (which have been mechanically submerged to deep inside the Earth), Spidey finds a hole that leads to a maze of underground tunnels, through which Spidey undertakes a perilous journey in search of the lost occupants of the submerged banks, and he comes upon a bizarre city populated by group of Molemen led by a maniac intent on conquest of the ""surface people"", some of whom- the occupants of the banks-the Molemen are holding prisoner.

star 7.17
6 votes
Directors: Ralph Bakshi
Writers:
Where Crawls the Lizard

#10 - Where Crawls the Lizard

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 16, 1967

Reports of a lizard-man terrorizing the Everglades bring Spiderman to Florida, where he finds that a Doctor Conner, by testing a swamp fever serum upon himself, has changed into an intelligent lizard. The lizard that Conner has become intends to use a beaker containing the serum, which it confiscates from Conner's laboratory, to convert alligators into reptiles that share its level of intelligence, to follow it in conquest of humanity. Spidey applies his knowledge of science to conceive an antidote to the serum and confronts Conner's lizard alter-ego at an old, Spanish fort, webbing the bipedal reptile before it can release the serum into the Florida swamps, and forcing it to drink the antidote that changes it back to Conner, who does not remember any of his acts as the Lizard but is immensely grateful for Spidey's help, as are his wife and son.

star 7.14
51 votes
The Menace of Mysterio

#11 - The Menace of Mysterio

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 23, 1967

Spider-man has robbed a bank! But Peter Parker doesn't remember robbing a bank. He figures it must be an impostor. Meanwhile, J Jonah Jameson has being recieving calls from a mysterious Mysterio. He claims that he could defeat Spider-man and bets with Jonah on it. Jonah puts Mysterio's challenge on the front page of the Daily Bugle though Spider-man is in trouble with the law. Spider-man arrives at Mysterio's meeting place (a bridge) and they battle there. Mysterio hits Spider-man into the water and Mysterio thinks he won! When really Spidey survived and swam underwater. Peter Parker was in Jonah's office when Mysterio came, wanting his money. Jonah says they haven't proved Spider-man's dead but will only give half of it. As Mysterio exits the office, Peter puts a Spider-tracter on his cloak. Spidey follows him to a TV studio where he meets him. They battle there and Spider-man managed to make Mysterio confess that the Spider-man that robbed the bank is fake and reveal that he

star 7.09
47 votes
Sub-Zero for Spidey

#12 - Sub-Zero for Spidey

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 9, 1967

A group of giant ice creatures situate in New York Harbor in their damaged, diamond-like spaceship and abduct Dr. Smartyr, a noted scientist. Spidey boards the alien space vessel, passes through a maze of perilous, icy tunnels, and finds the aliens' control room, where Smartyr, an expert in propulsion, is helping the creatures, friendly Plutonians who were forced to land on Earth for repairs to their spaceship. With his new invention, a space warp control device, Smartyr assists the Plutonians to launch their spacecraft out of New York Harbor, leave Earth, and return to Pluto. But neither Smartyr nor Spidey will tell anyone about their encounter with aliens.

star 7.04
27 votes
Vine

#13 - Vine

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 16, 1968

A giant plant escapes from storage in a house belonging to Prof. Smithers, a missing scientist. Spidey goes through a portal (located in the scientist's home) to prehistoric times to find some defense against the plant and meets Smithers, who tells to him that two radium gems in an idol in a nearby city, if ingested by the plant in New York, will disintegrate it.

star 7.00
4 votes
Directors: Ralph Bakshi
Writers:
Phantom from the Depths of Time

#14 - Phantom from the Depths of Time

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 2, 1968

Giant, mechanical beetles, formed from mushrooms by sonic impulses transmitted from an organ played by the sinister Dr. Manta (a Rocket Robin Hood villain), are used by Manta to capture and enslave the peace-loving inhabitants of an island to mine a valuable ore.

star 7.00
3 votes
Directors: Ralph Bakshi
Writers:
Conner's Reptiles

#15 - Conner's Reptiles

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 22, 1970

Spidey swings to Florida again to battle a walking, thinking lizard. This time, the lizard is not a transformed Dr. Conner, but a reptile whose intelligence has been augmented in an experiment by Conner gone awry, and who has kidnaped Conner and holds the ill-fated scientist as captive at a Spanish fort.

star 7.00
2 votes
Never Step on a Scorpion

#16 - Never Step on a Scorpion

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 7, 1967

Jameson's latest Spiderman-catching scheme involves a genetically mutated humanoid scorpion created by a scientist named Dr. Stillwell, but the Scorpion's allegiances are fickle, the monster soon declares Jameson as his number one enemy, and Spiderman must rescue his newspaper-publishing nemesis from the beast's murderous clutches. Fortunately, the Scorpion is vulnerable to Spidey's webbing, and Spidey captures the Scorpion for police capture, not once but twice, after the Scorpion escapes prison and attempts again to kill Jameson.

star 6.97
37 votes
The Power of Dr. Octopus

#17 - The Power of Dr. Octopus

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 9, 1967

Peter Parker is on assignment for J. Jonah Jameson, investigating mystery lights outside of the New York City limits for possible Daily Bugle pictures, when a rock avalanche forces his car off of a road and onto a tree part-way down a cliff. Peter changes to Spiderman and uses webbing to gently bring his car to a landing at the base of the cliff, where he notices light emanating from an opening in the rock, revealing a gadget-filled cave wherein the multi-mechanical-armed Doctor Octopus is scheming to trigger a series of underground explosions in Manhattan. Octopus surprises Spidey by dropping an entangling chain around the super-hero, then confines Spidey behind a descending set of jail cell bars. When Peter is overdue at the Bugle, Betty Brant drives her car to the same location and is also captured by Octopus. With his back turned from Spidey and Brant, Octopus initiates his diabolical plan as proof of his power to devastate New York. Spidey sprays his webbing into the jail cell locks that imprison himself and Betty, the webbing serves as a key, and Betty is free to run for help, while Spidey fights Octopus, shooting webbing at Octopus' glasses and blinding the villain so that he can be webbed to a wooden beam in the cave. The police, summoned to the scene by Betty, arrest Octopus, and Betty is reunited with Peter, who tells to her that he has been looking for a mechanic to repair his car.

star 6.89
90 votes
Trip to Tomorrow

#18 - Trip to Tomorrow

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Jun 14, 1970

A bolt of lightning breaks Spidey's web, causing him to fall into a boxcar at a rail yard. In the boxcar, Spidey meets a young runaway who plans to ride a freight train out of New York City and become "the Caped Protector of Podunk".

star 6.83
6 votes
To Catch a Spider

#19 - To Catch a Spider

Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired Jan 13, 1968

Under the guidance of Dr. Noah Boddy, the Green Goblin, Electro, and the Vulture join forces for revenge on Spiderman. In a confrontation with Noah Boddy's three stooges, Spidey practices ventriloquism to cause each of the three miscreants to think that he is being insulted by the others, and the excitable trio of villains begin fighting each other.

star 6.81
31 votes
The Night of the Villains

#20 - The Night of the Villains

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Nov 18, 1967

Historic villains Blackbeard the Pirate, Jesse James, and the Executioner of Paris are committing robberies in New York City, and Spidey tracks them to their lair- Parafino's Wax Museum, where Spidey's wax-master enemy is scheming to besiege and plunder the city with robotized wax villains.

star 6.71
7 votes
Rhino

#21 - Rhino

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired May 17, 1970

In a cheater story comprised of footage from both Rhino episodes from Season 1, the Rhino again steals gold shipments with which to build a 14 karat statue of himself.

star 6.60
5 votes
The Sinister Prime Minister

#22 - The Sinister Prime Minister

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Nov 11, 1967

Spiderman discovers that the visiting Prime Minister of Rutania is an imposter and must by himself battle the identity-usurper, whose cane is a veritable arsenal! The phoney Prime Minister, under the pretense of obtaining a multi-million dollar loan to aid the impoverished people of his country, has duped the American government and J. Jonah Jameson into bestowing upon him a fortune in gold bullion. While battling the imposter Prime Minister aboard an airplane, Spidey uses his webbing to knock the cane out of the imposter's hand and pin it to the fuselage's wall. He webs the imposter and, with armed guards as witnesses, removes the imposter's make-up to reveal actor Charles Cameo. Spidey also releases the real Prime Minister alive from a trunk aboard the airplane.

star 6.57
7 votes
The Origin of Spider-Man

#23 - The Origin of Spider-Man

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 14, 1968

Student Peter Parker is labeled a ""bookworm"" by his peers when he declines their offer of a triple-date in favor of viewing a radiology experiment. Bit by a spider, turning into a superhero, his uncle killed by a thief that Peter let go.. fights crime now in Manhattan.

star 6.51
35 votes
Directors: Ralph Bakshi
Writers:
Diamond Dust

#24 - Diamond Dust

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 19, 1968

A baseball diamond and the spherical, baseball-sized Optimo Diamond at the Cosmopolitan Museum are connected in this episode as Peter, about to be the star pitcher in a collegiate baseball game, is obliged to don his Spidey-suit once to stop a rampaging ape at the New York City Zoo and again to thwart men in ape disguise at the museum from stealing the Optimo.

star 6.50
6 votes
Directors: Ralph Bakshi
Writers:
Fifth Avenue Phantom

#25 - Fifth Avenue Phantom

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Nov 4, 1967

The Phantom, a faceless, hooded villain, orchestrates a trio of female robots, all with reducing rays, to steal merchandise from Bennet's Department Store. Intending to catch the Phantom, Spiderman trails the beautiful robots and a stolen doll house containing the shrunken items. He is captured by one of the robots toting a laser gun and brought to the Phantom's headquarters, where the robots restore the merchandise to full size. Spidey springs into action, deactivates the robots, and webs the Phantom. The police return the stolen items to Bennet's.

star 6.50
8 votes