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Saturday, February 13th, 2016
33 Years Ago Today

Here is a commercial for the Activision video game "Spider Fighter" for the Atari 2600. Game designed by Larry Miller.

Voiceover by William Woodson.

Available at:

Osco Drugs
Center Video
Minnesota Fats

This aired on February 14, 1983.

Activision - Spider Fighter (Commercial, 1983)

Here is a commercial for the Activision video game "Spider Fighter" for the Atari 2600. Game designed by Larry Miller.

Voiceover by William Woodson.

Available at:

Osco Drugs
Center Video
Minnesota Fats

This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, February 14th 1983.

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The voice over in the Spider Fighter commercial is by Bill Woodson,. best known for doing the opening credit voiceover in early Odd Couple seasons and narrating the 1977-1985 Superfriends cartoons.
Comment posted by dth1971 on Tuesday, September 23rd 2008 at 7:55pm.

Wasn't Mr. Woodson one of the West Coast staff announcers for ABC, along with the likes of Ed "General Hospital" Chandler, Len Beardsley, Mike Laurence and Dean Webber? (Especially given that "The Odd Couple" and "Super Friends" aired on ABC.)
Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, September 24th 2008 at 11:40am.

Now I know why my mom didn't buy this game for me when I was a kid: even then, I was scared to death of spiders.
Comment posted by OldTVNut on Thursday, July 21st 2011 at 3:42pm.

This was one of the better late period Atari games. The E.T. disaster was already in the midst of strangling the industry by this point.
Comment posted by APM on Thursday, July 21st 2011 at 5:16pm.

That voiceover did sound very familiar. Thanks for putting the name behind the voice.

I used to play Spider Fighter many times. It was an excellent game. Very faced-paced.

Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Saturday, July 23rd 2011 at 9:19pm.

William Woodson also provided narration on "Battle of the Planets."
Comment posted by Phantom on Sunday, July 24th 2011 at 10:42am.

Voiceover info added to clip description.
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, July 24th 2011 at 3:03pm.

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