As former students of Professor Xaviers School of the Gifted, its not uncommon for Iceman and Firestar to pay a visit to their old friends, the X-Men. Of course, such a reunion cannot go uncontested when a blast for someones past seeks revenge (isnt that always the case?). Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends: The X-Men Adventure teams up the Spider-Friends and the X-Men as the face off against the cyborg Cyberaid.
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Firestar runs through the gauntlet at the X-Mens Danger Room, but seems preoccupied by something nagging in the back of her head. Interestingly enough, her funny feeling is right on the mark as someone invades the X-Mansion and overrides Cerebro.
An unknown assailant calling himself Cyberaid has taken control of the mansion making it a death trap. Cyberaid was once known as Nathan Price and was Firestars lover until an accident left him scarred on his left side. He replaced his damaged side with cybernetic parts and seeks revenge on Firestar, the one he believes made him like that.
Its up to Spider-Man, Iceman, Firestar and the X-Men to stop him before he destroys the X-Mansion. Unfortunately, they have to navigate through all the traps in order to get to him. Easier said than done.
Its always a treat to see other Marvel characters appear on this show. This was the second the last show in the entire run of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends after three seasons of Saturday morning programming. The X-Men characters involved in his story are Cyclops, Professor X, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Sprite (Kitty Pryde, aka Shadowcat). It was evident that Wolverine was absent from this lineup because of his violent demeanour. His last appearance in A Fire-Star is Born didnt do him justice at all. The producers also felt that a character whose main thrust of having to sheathe his Adamantium claws wouldnt go over well with the censors. Ah, you got love the old archaic ways of handling things.
Sprite was an interesting character to add to the team. At first I though Marvel Girl was back in her old costume. I guessed wrong. The team is considered to be the New X-Men that was introduced during the Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum era. Cockrum really had an incredible sense of costume designing and his interpretations are included in this episode.
The villain was made for the show and was unspectacular. Cyberaid looked like a character from DC Comics named Tharok. He also reminded me of another character that was becoming popular in DC Comics at the time as wellCyborg of the New Teen Titans. As a throwaway villain for the show, I guess Cyberaid fulfilled his role. But the story itself wasnt griping at all. It was pretty weak compared to some of the others that have been showcased. I even think the animation was choppy as well and didnt lend for a natural progression. But when watching this as a kid for the first time, none of this matters, other than seeing your favourite characters on TV.
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends: The X-Men Adventures was just an average show. Its hard to juggle many characters all at the same time but I think the producers did a fine job to spotlight each X-Men, regardless of how much airtime was given. I just wish more than one episode was included on this VHS tape (yes, its still only available in this format). Heres hoping that someone makes a DVD compilation of this series and soon.
The Marvel Superheroes (1966)
Captain America: The origin of Captain America & The Fantastic Origin of the Red Skull
The Incredible Hulk: Origin of The Hulk & The Power of Doctor Banner
The Invincible Iron Man: The Death of Tony Stark & The Crimson Dynamo
The Mighty Thor: Enter Hercules & Battle of the Gods
Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (1980s)
The Origin of the Spider-Friends || A Firestar Is Born || Spidey Goes Hollywood
Spider-Man: The Ultimate Villain Showdown || Spider-Man: The Venom Saga
Another entry in my 2008 Funny Pages Write-Off. I hope you can join the fun.
Viewing Format: VHS
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up Ages 8