I love TMS animation (link
). Their episodes in American television are beautifully drawn and animated. In my teens, whenever I was able to recognize they'd done an episode of Batman The Animated Series, Superman The Animated Series, Spider-man or whatever, I knew I was in for a treat. iTunes recently uploaded the first season (link
) of the 1994 cartoon version of Spider-man (link
), and I promptly purchased the TMS episodes. I realized it'd be great to sample the artwork with screen shots, and thought I would share.
So far I have shots from "Night of the Lizard
First up, bloopers!
My mouf! Some people can throw their voice and apparently Peter Parker can throw his lip lines. hahahahahaha There are all sorts of coloring errors throughout the episode where small sections of clothing get colored the same color as adjacent regions for a single frame. Those are boring. And there are other issues where a hand or foot that was behind something (and not drawn) is double framed (as with all animation) on a moving background so that we have a brief amputation. Those are kind of fun. But the above image is especially humorous given that his mouth is actually on camera on his neck! haha
Peter Parker does look cool in spider-sense mode with his mouth intact, doesn't he?
And here we have a brief look at what Spiderman does in his free time. Apparently he is into Xtreme tricycling in the rain off of neighborhood rooftops. Only Spiderman would dare...
Alright, alright. I may have taken that above image slightly out of context. Apparently someone named "The Lizard" threw
the tricycle at him.
Hehe, there are some really great shots from that sequence:
It's cool how they set up in this first episode that while he's busy fighting supervillians he's also maintaining his day job:
Priceless. Especially since someone will be able to tell
that Peter Parker was trespassing in someone's home in order to get that shot...and they'll have the front page picture to prove it.
So anyway, I love how Spidey just swings around this little inner courtyard area, doing his thing.
And occasionally lands on a building:
Look at these as dynamic figure drawings... Amazing:
And even that split second of webbing coming out of the shooter is dynamic and detailed:
Were those three or four little specks really necessary? Or does someone just love to draw?
Speaking of which, it wasn't very far into the episode before we get sweet drawings of random people:
And you know when random nobody's get the special treatment...the episode is going to be awesome. Here's some more samples from Spidey descending into the sewer to look for the Lizard.
Three tone! Beautiful!
And here's some more nice drawings of Peter Parker:
Debra Whitman looks like she's up to no good. hehe
Next up, "Doctor Octopus: Armed and Dangerous!"