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Shinji Tôdô ...
 Spider-Man / ... 41 episodes, 1978-1979
Mitsuo Andô ...
 Professor Monster 41 episodes, 1978-1979
Yukie Kagawa ...
Hirofumi Koga ...
 Spider-Man (suit actor) 41 episodes, 1978-1979
Tôru Ôhira ...
 The Narrator 41 episodes, 1978-1979
Izumi Oyama ...
 Shinko Yamashiro 40 episodes, 1978-1979
Rika Miura ...
 Hitomi Sakuma 38 episodes, 1978-1979
Yoshiharu Yabuki ...
 Takuji Yamashiro 36 episodes, 1978-1979
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To fight against the evil Iron Cross Army, led by the space emperor Professor Monster, a daredevil motorcyclist transforms into the famous Marvel Superhero, with a racecar and giant transforming robot at his disposal. Written by John Cassidy <ryuuseipro@attbi.com>

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Producers Tôru Hirayama and Susumu Yoshikawa originally wanted to make a series faithful to the famous web-slinger's origins, but Bandai, one of the sponsors, told the studio to add a giant robot (as giant robots were all the rage in Japan). Hirayama and Yoshikawa met their demand with complete incredulity, and they reluctantly rewrote Spidey's origins completely for the show. See more »

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Version of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981) See more »

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Kakero! Supaidâman
(Dash! Spider-Man)
Opening theme
Performed by Yûki Hide
Lyrics by Saburô Yatsude
Music by Michiaki Watanabe
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I cannot get enough of this series
13 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is legitimately my favorite TV show. I have yet to find anything so purely fun and entertaining as Toei's ridiculous, amazing, absurdly fantastic Japanese Spider-Man.

Strangely enough, this show actually served as Toei's first outing into the sentai Power Rangers "summon giant robot to battle giant kaiju" formula. If this show has one failing, it's that they hadn't yet figured out that having Spidey one-shot every villain isn't particularly thrilling.

Even so, the robot battles tend to be an afterthought to an otherwise wacky action show. You'll see Spidey gun down puddies with an SMG, or web-sling onto an actual helicopter, or drive a motorcycle to hunt down a bike gang, or any number of far-out shennanigans. The latest episode I watched had him literally die, go to Hell, re-kill a monster he'd sent there, and then fight his way to back to land of the living. He does stuff like that ALL THE TIME.

It is still possible to watch this on TV.com, for some reason. Everywhere else, even Marvel.com (which recently took down the episodes to free up server space), has decided it's not worth it.

Do yourself a favor and watch an episode of this show. You will not be disappointed.


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