Everyone loves trivia about their favorite animated features and series, but with over 100 years of animation history behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in cartoons in this continuing video series. You think you know cartoons? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at one of Marvel's more memorable early animated efforts, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends! This early '80s show tried to ride the wave of popularity started by competitor DC's successful Super Friends TV show by teaming up Marvel's flagship hero, Spider-Man, with founding X-Men character Iceman and a fire-based counterpart, Firestar, who was original to the show.

This video takes a look at the history of the series, from its conception and debut to its most popular and controversial episodes, to the ongoing influence the series has had on the mainstream Marvel universe.

Show notes:

  • You can watch Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends on Amazon Video here, or buy a used copy of the entire series on DVD here.
  • You can grab a three-pack of action figures of the Spider-Friends for the low low price of $89 here.
  • If you like Firestar, there is a one-shot starring her from 2010 that you can check out here. Or check out her adventures with the New Warriors here. Or see her as a member of the Avengers here.

Check out some installments of our other video series below, and let us know which cartoon series you think we should cover next in You Think You Know Cartoons?