Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spidey Super Stories


I had absolutely no idea this thing existed until I saw it on sale on eBay a few weeks ago...a "new" Spider-Man Power Record, titled Spidey Super Stories! it's not a Power Record, exactly. I guess Peter Pan Records wanted to slightly differentiate these Spider-Man stories, culled from The Electric Company TV series, from the slightly harder-edged ones they had been producing via their Power label, so that familiar logo is nowhere to be found. Still, I was so jazzed to find this, since it was all new to me!

The narration is by, yes, the Morgan Freeman (who of course was Easy Reader on EC). The cast is different than the usual stable of actors you heard on the Power Records, so it's safe to assume Peter Pan just bought the contents lock, stock, and web-shooter and put it out. I love the constant references to the Electric Company within the stories themselves...nice marketing, fellas.

After listening to the tracks, I had a weird feeling of deja vu. I felt like I had heard these stories before, so...maybe I did have this record as a kid? I have zero memory of it, but it's possible the record got lost over the intervening decades, along with the memories. Either way, these are goofy, corny fun!


Earth 2 Chris said...

This is a new one on me, although I'm pretty sure I'd seen that artwork elsewhere.

Maybe you heard this at school? This one in particular would make sense in a school library.

I see Roy Thomas' first wife, Jean gets a credit on the first Spidey story!


Earth 2 Chris said...

Wait, I just realized, this is a DIFFERENT album than the one you posted with the same artwork a few days back. So I guess I did see the Power Records version over the years...or maybe it was this one? I know PR liked to recycle, but this is kind of ridiculous!

Rockwell J. Pugglesworth said...

This is a record that I did not have as a kid and only picked up in recent years after I became determined to update and expand my childhood Power Records collection. I'm happy to have it but as a listen, its not one of my favorites. Needless to say, as a narrator, Morgan Freeman has come a long way.

Al Bigley said...

The stories may seem so familiar to you, since most are adaptations of the "Spidey" tales screened on THE ELECTRIC COMPANY….and in Marvel's SPIDEY SUPER STORIES comic...

Al Bigley

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