The Amazing Spider-Man

Los Angeles: Charles Fries Productions, 1977. Archive of five scripts for four episodes from Season One of "The Amazing Spider-Man" television series in 1977. All belonging to actor Michael Pataki, who played police captain Barbera in the series, each with his holograph name on either the front wrapper or title page, and his lines and stage directions circled throughout, with one of the scripts also including substantial holograph changes to Barbera's dialog and action.

"The Amazing Spider-Man" debuted on CBS in September 1977 with a two hour television movie serving as the pilot, the first live action treatment of Marvel's flagship hero outside of some occasional segments that aired as part of PBS's "The Electric Company" earlier in the decade. Five more episodes of Season One aired the following April and May. A second series of eight episodes aired during the 1978-79 season. Although a ratings success, CBS chose not to renew "The Amazing Spider-Man" for a third season, because they were already committed to "The Incredible Hulk" and "Wonder Woman" live action series, and were wary of being dismissed as a one dimensional "superhero network," a somewhat mystifying reason when viewed in from the almost total domination by comic book characters of the pop culture of today.

Included in the archive are: a Draft script for the two hour television movie pilot, "Spider-Man," here under the working title "The Mind Stealers," Second Revised Final Draft scripts for episode two, "The Deadly Dust Part One," both a First Draft and a Second Revised Final draft of episode three, "The Deadly Dust Part Two," and a First Draft script for episode five, "Night of the Clones," here under the working title "The Dark Side of Dr. Moon." Also included are two film still photographs from Season Two episodes.

Spider-Man (The Mind Stealers): Red titled wrappers. Title page present, with credits for screenwriter Alvin Boretz and Spider-Man creator Stan Lee. 91 leaves, with last page of text numbered 85. Mechanically reproduced on white stock, undated, with blue, pink, green, goldenrod, yellow revisions pages dated 6/1/77, 6/6/77, 6/7/77 and 6/14/77, 6/9/77, 6/15/77 respectively. Pages and wrapper Very Good plus, with dampstaining to the wrappers and outer pages, bound with two gold brads.

Deadly Dust, Part 1: Red titled wrappers, noted as Second and Final Draft and production No. 5266.04, dated February 13, 1978, with credits for screenwriter Robert Janes. Title page present, dated February 15, 1978, noted as 2nd Revised Final Draft, with credits for screenwriter Robert Janes. 57 leaves, with last page of text numbered 53. Mechanically reproduced on blue stock, undated, with pink and green revision pages dated 2/14/78, and 2/15/78 respectively. Pages Very Good plus, with two loose leaves at the front, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads.

Deadly Dust, Part 2: Red titled wrappers, noted as production No. 5266.05, with credits for screenwriter Robert Janes. Title page present, dated February 2, 1978, noted as First Draft, with credits for screenwriter Robert Janes. 59 leaves, with last page of text numbered 55. Mechanically reproduced on white stock, undated. Pages Very Good plus, with light dampstaining along the top edge. wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads.

Deadly Dust, Part 2: Red titled wrappers, noted as Second and Final Draft and production No. 5266.05, dated February 13, 1978, with credits for screenwriter Robert Janes. Title page present, dated February 15, 1978, noted as 2nd Revised Final Draft, with credits for screenwriter Robert Janes. 58 leaves, with last page of text numbered 52. Mechanically reproduced on blue stock, undated, with pink and green revision pages dated 2/14/78 and 2/15/78 respectively. Pages and wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads.

Night of the Clones (The Dark Side of Dr. Moon): Red titled wrappers, noted as production No. 5266.03, with credits for screenwriter John W. Bloch. Title page present, dated January 24, 1978, noted as Second Draft, with credits for screenwriter John W. Bloch. 48 leaves, with last page of text numbered 46. Mechanically reproduced on blue stock, dated 1/24/78. Pages and wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads.


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