SPIDER-MAN, ICEMAN, & FIRESTAR: THE SPIDER-FRIENDS! The animated television series Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends originally aired on
the NBC network Saturday mornings beginning in 1981. Though originally proposed as a show similar to the Spider-Man comic books, the network felt that Spidey needed some additional elements to make him accessible
to a wider audience. Iceman (from Marvel Comics' X-MEN) and an original character, Firestar, were added as well as <shudder> a cute little dog for comic
relief. Despite the network's intervention, the creators pulled off a wonderfully charming show that is fondly remembered by children of the 1980s as a classic.