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Fred Waugh takes a peek through the camera, in costume as Spider-Man.

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In September 1977, CBS brought Stan Lee’s Spider-Man to television with a two-hour movie, which was then extended as a series entitled The Amazing Spider-Man.

Peter Parker was played by Australian actor Nicholas Hammond, who had previously played the young Friedrich von Trapp in The Sound of Music and broken Marcia’s nose on an episode of The Brady Bunch.

Villains from the Spider-Man comics, such as the Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, were nowhere to be found, replaced by more grounded, realistic foes such as mind-controlling New Age gurus, cultists and Latin American politicians Read more…

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