Superheroes are something that should be enjoyed by everyone though older people may not want you to believe that. I bring that up today and with our next entry, we are looking at entities that are strictly edutainment and some older fans hate that idea. However, edutainment and Spider-Man do have an intertwined history in a way. After all, if one is to look back to the original The Electric Company, Spidey was included in that show in the Spidey Super Stories segment.
In which Spidey never talked but instead used word balloons and this was meant as a way to promote grammar and literacy skills. Teaching skills using superheroes to a young audience is good and the trend was very much brought back when Disney decided to debut Marvel stuff on Disney Junior. Starting with Marvel Super Hero Adventures, which seem as though they were aired as interstitials in between programs on Disney Junior. The concept is simple, Spider-Man swings through the neighborhood while either thinking of something or coming across kids that need help and it reminds him of a time he teamed with another superhero and he uses that to impart a lesson upon the kids or himself.
These shorts lasted for four seasons and in that time, Ghost-Spider appeared twice. Something that makes this rather interesting is the different styles as when Spider-Man is first seen, it’s a more traditional style whereas the team-up style is shown more in a chibi style. This is perfectly captured in the two segments with Ghost-Spider, first seen in season two when the two team up to take down Doc Ock.
It works and is rather fun and the lesson here is pretty simple in that one shouldn’t try to do too much by themselves. It’s cute and fun for the targeted audience. Now as I said Ghost-Spider would appear again in a season three short, where the Spiders whilst facing off against Rhino have to come up with a change of plans.
Once again, something simple but with a good message for young kids as sometimes changes are hard to accept and you just have to know that things will not always work out the way that you had hoped.
These shorts are fine for who they’re intended for and nothing more than that. They are probably a great way to get young kids interested in the characters of Marvel at large. Join me next time as we continue our foray into looking at Spidey content for the youngest fans as we look at an episode of