March 16, 2009

Written by Nicole Pedersen

About ten years ago, when I could be found trolling my local comic book store for uncensored, bootleg copies of Japanese Anime series, I came across something labeled simply as “Japanese Spider-Man”. Not letting on that I had no intention of buying any video that didn’t have “Sailor Moon” in the title, I asked the owner to pop in one of the “Spider Man” tapes just for fun. It blew my mind.

An odd cross between the 60s “Batman” TV series, “Godzilla” flicks and the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”, “Japanese Spider-Man” is one of the more hilarious superhero adaptations I have ever encountered. Still, I only walked out of that store with my “Sailor Moon” tapes – but I have regretted the decision ever since. It is hard to explain the hilariousness of a series when you have no proof that series exists.

So color me excited to learn that Marvel is now streaming subtitled episodes of the 1978 series on their website!!

Made by Japan’s legendary animation studio Toei (the very same folks who made “Sailor Moon”), “Japanese Spider-Man” is a must-see for any self-respecting Spidey fan – or even for any self-loathing Spidey hater. Hell, unless you hate funny you should probably check this series out. But be warned, you may spend the rest of the day singing “Yeah, yeah, yeah – WOW!”

Thanks to AICN for catching the story.

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