The 8 Spider-Men
By Matthew Arcilla
If you thought there’s just too many issues of Spider-Man comics to ever catch up with him, consider this: There have been seven major motion pictures, eleven TV series and dozens of videogames too. And when it comes to these mediums, a living, breathing flesh and blood human is needed to portray the wondrous wall crawler. Here are the eight most notable actors to play Spider-Man so far.
Originally airing on CBS in 1977, The Amazing Spider-Man was restricted by limitations in budget and technology preventing them from using any supervillains from the comics. Nicholas Hammond starred as Peter Parker, who fought terrorists, ninjas and mad scientists as Spider-Man. Despite high ratings, the show was canceled due to costs and executive fears that CBS was becoming “the superhero network” with four other live-action superhero series like The Incredible Hulk and Doctor Strange
The 1981 animated series Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends was Dan Gilvezan’s first voice over role. Gilvezan later became the voice of Bumblebee on Transformers, but not before completing three seasons as Peter Parker / Spider-Man. Gilvezan brought an earnest quality to the character. Twenty five years later, Gilvezan returned to the Spider-Man universe in the 2010 videogame Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions as Miguel O’Hara, the snarky Spider-Man of the future 2099.
While officially licensed by Marvel, Supaidāman bore little resemblance to the comic book character. Instead it was a tokusatsu show featuring monstrous aliens, giant robots and high flying aerobic combat. Shinji Todō starred as Takuya Yamashiro, a motocross racer who gains powers from the last survivor of the Planet Spider. As a self-described “emissary of Hell!” he fights the Iron Cross Army, occasionally summoning the great starship Marveller to transform into the giant robot Leopardon.
Christopher Daniel Barnes
Dozens of classic rogues, exhaustive use of his supporting cast and memorable guest appearances from made the 1994 animated Spider-Man series a fondly remembered one. Christopher Daniel Barnes portrayal of Spider-Man possesses the intensity of a man constantly dodging more than one danger at once. Barnes also voiced Spider-Man Noir from an alternate universe set in the hard boiled 1930s in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions as well as several alternate skins for Marvel Heroes Omega.