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Spider-Man meets Ed Wood in this loopy amateur fan film from 1969
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Donald F. Glut
Spider-Man meets Ed Wood in this loopy amateur fan film from 1969

According to his Wikipedia page, Donald F. Glut is “an American writer, motion picture director, screenwriter, amateur paleontologist, musician and actor.” To that I would add “fanboy extraordinaire” (Pushing 70, Glut is now a respected elder fanman among the ComicCon set). His most notable work was the novelization of The Empire Strikes Back in 1980.

Glut became known to readers of Forrest J Ackerman’s Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine for the amateur films he made between 1953 and 1969—41 in total—many including unauthorized stories starring Superman, Spider-Man, Frankenstein’s monster and Will Eisner’s masked crimebuster, The Spirit.

Glut’s 1969 Spider-Man movie—which has a super-villain called “Dr. Lightning” not seen in the Marvel comic—was his final amateur film. It is considered, historically speaking, to be the very first Spider-Man fan film, and indeed the first live action attempt to put the character onscreen.

A 2-DVD set of all 41 of Donald F. Glut’s amateur films called I Was A Teenage Moviemaker was released in 2006.

Glut on set

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