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Make A Wish
Review by Amazing Spidey, Media By Kolbar

Episode #29 - Make A Wish
Original Airdate May 4, 1996

Tired of Jameson giving Spider-Man the rap for all the crime in New York, Peter decides to give up the superhero business once and for all until he meets his biggest fan: a little girl named Tina, whose fondest wish is to meet Spider-Man. After she restores his faith, Spidey decides to give Tina a tour of New York, Spidey-style. But he doesn't count on Doc Ock spoiling their fun...

Story By: John Semper, Elliot S. Maggin and Meg McLaughlin
Written By: Mark Hoffmeier
Music Composed By: Shuki Levy and Kussa Mahchi
Animation Services By: Toyko Movie Shinsha (TMS)
Guest Starring: Christopher Daniel Barnes as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Ed Asner as J. Jonah Jameson, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr as Dr. Octopus

Review: This episode was basically one adapted straight from 2 different comics, Amazing Fantasy #15, Spider-Manís origin story, and The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man. The sad fact is, it's nowhere near as good as either of these comics.

The main problem with the episode is that itís all been seen before. His origin had been shown in a shortened version in a few previous episodes, there wasnít really any need to see an extended version of it. The other problem was that the little girl whom he was telling his story to was incredibly annoying. The episode doesnít live up to either comic it was adapting.

The rest of the plot was pretty generic stuff, but it had some damn nice animation. Nothing of the quality of the first series, but it was good all the same. Dr. Octopus appearance was pretty much wasted, as once again, heís shown as a lackey for The Kingpin. Kingpinís appearance here wasnít necessary at all. This was the first episode to waste Doc Ock. Unfortunatly, it wouldn't be the last. Gone was the disgruntled scientist, he was now a generic supervillain, with a really silly design.

The episode also introduced Madame Web, who was constantly training him for some giant battle, and irritated legions f Spidey fans while she was at it, as she always had to point him in the right direction, making Spidey come off as a dumb ass more often than not. Joan Lee managed to make this character sound as annoying as Ms. Forbes, the woman she played in over in Fantastic Four. This version of Madame Web was simply too arrogant to be likeable.

It was better than itís conclusion, but both were stories that didnít really need to be told.