Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Fifth Avenue Phantom

Season: 1
Episode Number: 9b
Season Episode Number: 9b
Production Number: 116
Airdate: November 4, 1967

Writer: Bill Danch, Al Bertino, Dick Robbins, Dick Cassarino, Phil Babet.
Director: Grant Simmons, Clyde Geronimi, Sid Marcus.

Voices: Paul Soles (Spider-Man), Paul Kligman (J. Jonah Jameson), Peg Dixson (Betty Brant, Robot Women), Max Ferguson (Phantom).

Plot: Spider-Man is hot on the trail of the Phantom trying to figure out a way to catch him in a trap. Spidey figures the Phantom would try to steal a fur coat so he sticks a homing device in the coat in order to track him later.

But Spider-Man's plan backfires as the Phantom shows up and a girl posing as a store mannequin attacks Spider-Man with a toxic spray. Spidey falls to the floor and a beam from the girl's eyes shrinks the many items in the store.

The loot is stashed in a toy doll house which is sent to the Daily Bugle for a newspaper toy drive. Spider-Man finds the stolen goods using his homing device and waits for the Phantom to collect the goods.

Spider-Man trails the Phantom back to his headquarters where he finds out that the Phantom controls robot women that can shrink things with their eyes. And now their eyes are on Spider-Man!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Spider-Man doesn't usually fight villains who want to take over the world. Usually they are crazy or have a vendetta of some sort but seldom do they wish to rule the planet. Save those villains for the X-Men.

So to have the Phantom say that he wants to sell his earnings in order to build an army of robots so that he may rule the world seems a little out of place. But then, a lot of things seem out of place in this series due to the extreme campiness which is its charm.

And while we're on the subject of campiness, who steals the stuff that the Phantom wants anyway? Refrigerators? Stoves? Mirrors? Tables? If the Phantom has all this power then why not steal jewels and money? It seems to me that this villain has not thought through his job too much.

The Phantom's voice is provided by Max Ferguson who was sort of a guest celebrity for this episode. Ferguson had previously provided the voice of the Hulk in the Incredible Hulk segment of The Marvel Superheroes Show a year earlier.

DVD Releases:
Spiderman - The '67 Collection
The Incredible Hulk - When Monsters Meet

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