Greeting my fellow forum users. Currently, I am trying to locate a set of educational direct-to-video tapes known as the Spider-Man Safety Series. The tapes have an article on LMW if you want to know more about them. The tape series wa released to elementary schools in 1990 and are about Spider-Man helping and educating kids about dangerous situations like drugs and abuse. No footage or even screenshots have appeared online and the tapes are rare to come by. If anyone wants to help me in creating a search effort and finding the tapes you are welcome on this thread. Let's begin hunting!
It looks like there are some other people on the Spider-Man subreddit interested in the tapes, but I don't think they're going to help look for them. I feel like the best thing to do would be to contact the schools that used them, but I don't know how open schools are when it comes to their VHS tapes or if they even care to keep them preserved.
If someone could find a contact she may be able to add more information but I doubt it.
Additionally, seemingly the publisher of these tapes is a company called Coronet/MTI Film & Video. Not that it's worth much but here is a video from around the correct time which shows there logo www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvwPyRcgBLY . They are a company which specialized in mini-docs and educational films so this would be right down there alley. Although the spiderman films are not seen on either there imdb www.imdb.com/search/title/?companies=co0358036 which seems to be massively incomplete anyway. It's important to note that this company was later acquired by a company called phoenix learning group, which when contacted about the films (by LMW user "RogueKnite") said :
"We received your letter and did some research. It looks like Phoenix distributed these for awhile and then withdrew them. These were produced by LCA as the "Spider-man Safety Series" and most LCA titles, including these, were acquired by FOX that then licensed them back to Phoenix. The FOX contract shows that FOX rights were due to expire in 2005, but since we never heard whether FOX renewed those rights, we don't know the current status. The contract also shows that all distribution is subject to underlying rights belonging to MARVEL. Your letter stated there were 3 episodes when in fact there were 4. You overlooked "Where Do You Go for Help" We have 6,000+ VHS tapes not all of which are fully documented. That is a project I am working on presently. If I come across these I will let you know however I suggest you try Fox first. "
So fox may also be worth contacting. In addition anyone who used to work for Coronet/MTI Film & Video during the late 80's early 90's would also have potential.
As for the physical vhs tapes I have 3 places where there is supposed to be a tape.
plattekill.lib.ny.us/nfvideos.htm - this is a link to the network state library listings where it lists "SPIDERMAN: WHERE DO YOU GO FOR HELP?" I have no idea if this is accurate or still there or even what exact place it would be in but it's relevant.
And I also found 2 different locations holding "Spider-Man-- don't hide abuse" and "Spider-man : what to do about drugs" respectively. The first is supposedly held by a goverment office-charity foundation thing. called "juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County" - who you can attempt to contact at :
The copy of "Spider-man : what to do about drugs" is supposedly located in a Wichita public school in the 67219 which I'm assuming is either "hights high school" - (https://www.usd259.org/Heights) or "stucky middle school" (https://www.usd259.org/Stucky) although I may be wrong.
Please use the information provided to further the search for these elusive tapes -
I've done some research into the producers of the tapes and this is what I've found out. Both LCA (Learning Corporation of America) and Coronet/MTI made and/or distributed these tapes in 1990. At the time, the LCA was owned by a company called New World Entertainment who acquired LCA and Marvel Entertainment in the late 80's, which is why Spider-man was able to appear in the videos. In 1997, Coronet/MTI was purchased by Phoenix Learning Group, and FOX purchased New World Entertainment and it's Marvel assets. According to the RogueKnite message, FOX licensed the rights to Phoenix Learning Group (Coronet/MTI's owner) and FOX's rights apparently expired in 2005.
So far I've dug up a number for Phoenix, FOX, and a number for a Karen Peterson (I don't know if it's the one were looking for). When I contact them I'll let you know if there's any new information. Cheers!