Flix for Short: Spider-Man (1969)

Spider-Man 1969 fan film

With The Amazing Spider-Man starting to garner favorable early reviews, I figure we ought to share one of the earliest depictions of Spidey on film: the 1969 fan film by Donald F. Glut. Glut’s professional work includes the novelization of The Empire Strikes Back and writing credits on episodes of Transformers, He-Man, Spider-Man (the cartoon from the early 1980s), and Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends.

Glut did 41 amateur movies between 1953 and 1969, including fan film versions of Superman, Batman, and The Spirit (couldn’t be worse than the Frank Miller movie). Spider-Man is the last of these films, and stars Glut himself as everyone’s favorite wall-crawler. The costume is homemade and features those Steve Ditko web wings on the sides.

Spidey has the ability to swing around without latching onto anything, Dr. Lightning (Destro by way of The Shocker and Electro) has a dangerous gun, and Dr. Lightning’s daughter has a dress so short that she can’t possibly show any more gam. One of the music cues is pretty bumping, I gotta say. It’s a quaint little charmer, true believers.

[Via Badass Digest]

Hubert Vigilla
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