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[[caption-width-right:320:Looks pretty faithful to the comics, right?]]

''Spider-Man'' (スパイダーマン or ''Supaidāman'') is the infamous Japanese version of ''Franchise/SpiderMan''. This was the result of a short-lived licensing agreement between Creator/MarvelComics and Creator/{{Toei|Animation}}, which also resulted in the [[http://www.anime-games.co.uk/VHS/anime/dracula.php anime version]] of ''ComicBook/TheTombOfDracula'' and some elements of ''Series/BattleFeverJ''.

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[[caption-width-right:320:...Oh.]]

In this version, Spider-Man is Takuya Yamashiro, a young Japanese motorcycle racer who's given blood by a 400-year-old {{Human Alien|s}} from the planet Spider, letting him turn into Spider-Man in order to defeat the Iron Cross Army. He has the basic costume and powers of the Western version (though he tends to [[CallingYourAttacks shout attack names]] to use webs, and the webs and costume come from a bracelet) but little else is similar.

The show was produced in 1978-79, between the second (''Series/JAKQDengekitai'') and third (''Series/BattleFeverJ'') ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' shows and has many similarities to that franchise: Spider-Man has a car called the Spider-Machine GP-7 and a HumongousMecha, and the series follows the familiar formula of a single organization sending out a MonsterOfTheWeek which gets defeated, then [[MakeMyMonsterGrow grows to giant size]], and is defeated by the hero in the robot. In fact, it introduced this concept to ''Super Sentai'' -- the first two shows (''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'' and ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'') didn't have giant robots.

The series is not related in any way to the earlier ''Spider-Man'' manga by Creator/RyoichiIkegami, although it did have a few manga adaptations that were published in different children's magazines. Incidentally, Spider-Man's giant robot Leopardon ''did'' make it to the United States as part of the ''Godaikin'' toy line.

Creator/StanLee [[ApprovalOfGod likes it]] and Marvel clearly doesn't consider it an OldShame. [[http://www.orendsrange.com/2014/04/japanese-spiderman-to-appear-in-marvels.html In fact, this incarnation is set to return in the huge crossover]] ComicBook/SpiderVerse.

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!!''Supaidāman'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The Iron Cross Army sometimes uses these to get around undetected.
* AirVentPassageway: Spider-Man often uses this technique to sneak into Iron Cross bases.
* AlienInvasion: Courtesy of the Iron Cross Army.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Well, speaking Japanese and writing English. Spider-Man's car has "Spider Machine GP-7" written on it.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Takuya's little brother, Takuji.
* ArmCannon: The Bomb Wolf Machine BEM used one of these.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever
* BadBoss: Professor Monster and Amazoness, their treatment of Kabuton in Episode 9 being a fine example.
* BadHabits: For whatever reason, the Amazonian warriors Bella and Rita are seen wearing nuns' habits when the Iron Cross Army first resurrects them in Episode 35.
* BigBad: Professor Monster, who has laser-beam eyes but tends to [[OrcusOnHisThrone sit around commanding things]].
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Cockroach Machine, Episode 24's Machine BEM.
* BigDamnHeroes: Detective Tachibana gets such a moment in Episode 39 when he saves Spider-Man from being executed by the monsters of the week.
* BloodlessCarnage: In one scene, Amazoness and her henchman shoot down a bunch of men with guns. This seems to have the effect of making them fall down.
* BoomStick: One Machine BEM, the Sorceress Beast, has a staff that doubles as some sort of gun.
* BratsWithSlingshots: Episode 28's "youth detective club".
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: Leopardon's TransformationSequence always happens straight after Spider-Man announcing "Marveller! Change Leopardon!"
* CallingYourAttacks: Used both for Spider-Man's web slinging techniques and for Leopardon's special attacks.
* {{Camp}}: Has it in spades.
* CatapultNightmare: From Takuya, after he has a vision of Shinko being attacked by the Snake Woman in Episode 9.
* ChestBlaster: Leopardon's Leopardon String attack, a sort of weighted rope fired out of a panel on Leopardon's chest.
* ChestInsignia: As with other versions of the character, Spider-Man has a black spider symbol on his chest, with a larger and more stylized red one on his back.
* CoolCar: The Spider Machine GP-7.
* CryingWolf: Comes up in Episode 34, when a boy with a reputation for creating hoax photos manages to take a picture of a murder committed by the Iron Cross Army.
* DemBones: The Skeleton Beast Machine BEM from Episode 22 and his henchman the White-robed Beast took the form of monstrous, walking skeletons.
* TheDragon: Amazoness to Professor Monster.
* EarWorm / BrownNote: Happens InUniverse. Professor Monster takes advantage of an immensely popular ode to Spider-Man by including a frequency in the master recording (the source of all record pressings) that cripple our hero when he's in earshot.
* EmergencyTransformation: Takuya was turned into Spider-Man partly to prevent him from dying from a wound to the neck given to him by some {{Mook}}s.
* EvilDetectingDog: Ricky from Episode 16 could sense Ninders in disguise.
* EvilRedhead: Amazoness, once she switches to her second outfit. The rest of the time, she has black hair.
* {{Expy}}
** In Episode 17, when Samson the wrestler turns into a Machine BEM, he resembles [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]].
** Saeko Yoshida, Amazoness' civilian identity, is a {{gender flip}}ped version of J. Jonah Jameson.
** Professor Monster is also loosely based on Doctor Doom.
* EyeBeam: Professor Monster can fire these out of his mechanical eye.
* EyeCatch: Two sets of these were used during the series. The first set had illustrated pictures of Spider-Man in his car and Leopardon, and the second set is up there as the page pictures. With both sets, the image with Spider-Man would be used going into commercials, and the image of Leopardon was used when coming back to the show.
* FantasticDrug: "Mash" from Episode 31.
* FinishingMove: Leopardon's Sword Vigor, which consists of it throwing its never-used-for-anything-else sword at the enemy.
* FlyingCar: Spider-Man's Spider Machine GP-7.
* FullBodyDisguise: Spider-Man's costume, the Spider Protector.
* GagDub: Many Western fans were first aware of the existence of Japanese Spiderman through a hilarious (and sadly lost) GagDub on Youtube.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Episode 21 comes about as close to this as is possible in something that isn't a game, because Spider-Man's ability to summon his spaceship/robot is only there for the obligatory robot scene and is not otherwise treated like something he can actually do. In this episode, Spider-Man needs to get a dying man to the airport to see his son; hitchhiking on trains while being attacked by bad guys on foot? Yes. Flying in Marveller, where he doesn't even need to transform into robot form and can easily bypass the bad guys? No.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Gamina, Episode 25's Machine Bem.
* GlamourFailure: The Iron Cross Army's MechaMooks could disguise themselves as humans, but would generally be given away by either their metallic hands or the exposed circuitry behind their ear.
* HealingFactor: One of Takuya's powers.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: This incarnation of Spider-Man doesn't generally fall victim to this trope, but several of the Iron Cross Army's plots invoke this by creating scandals in an attempt to ruin his reputation.
* HiddenElfVillage: The alien village from Episode 19.
* HumanAliens
* IHaveNoSon: Masao's father says this of his son in Episode 13 after the younger man, who ran away from home to join a biker gang when his mother died, comes back home only to physically harass his father for money to pay for modifications for his bike, then complains about how little money his father actually has, essentially calling him a lazy cheapskate.
* InNameOnly: Has little in common with his American Marvel counterpart other than the costume and some of his abilities.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Goh Tachibana carries around a guitar with a gun hidden inside.
* InterpolSpecialAgent: Takuya frequently works with Interpol agents to thwart the Iron Cross Army's plots, after one of them discovers his SecretIdentity in TheMovie.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Spider-Man often introduces himself to enemies with such phrases. Early on, he'd consistently describe himself as "An emissary from hell" or as the "Iron Cross Killer" before announcing his name, but later on he changes it from episode to episode to better suit the plot.
* IntrepidReporter: Hitomi, Takuya's girlfriend.
* {{Kitsune}}: Episode 33's Machine BEM, Fire Fox, is based off this.
* LikeThatShowButWithMecha
* LoanShark: The Iron Cross Army sets up a false organization of these as part of its plot in Episode 24, kidnapping people who can't pay them back to put them to work in one of their factories to produce poisonous gas.
* MakeMyMonsterGrow
* MeaningfulName: Professor Monster and Amazoness.
* MechaMooks: The Ninders' exact nature isn't discussed, but elements such as the items listed under GlamourFailure lead us to assume they are these.
* MegaNeko: Episode 8's Machine BEM, an ancient cat demon killed by Takuya's ancestor long ago and revived by the Iron Cross Army.
* MineralMacGuffin: The Star of Egypt from Episode 25. We're not told why the Iron Cross Army wants it -- they just ''do.''
* MonsterOfTheWeek: The Machine [=BEMs=].
* {{Mooks}}: The duck-faced Ninders. They originally fight with machetes exclusively, but start to use guns around Episode 5.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The BigBad is named ''Professor Monster''. Need we say more?
* NoMacGuffinNoWinner: Occurs in Episode 40, when Spider-Man decides to destroy the plans for an experimental jet engine rather than let the Iron Cross Army use them for evil.
* NoPeripheralVision: In the first episode, Takuya manages to hide from his family after becoming Spider-Man for the first time by clinging to the ceiling of his (not that large) bedroom.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Takuya often pretends to be a lazy goofball in his everyday life, in order to ward off any suspicions of him being Spider-Man.
* TheObiWan: Garia
* ParentalAbandonment: Takuya's mother apparently died sometime before the beginning of the series, while his father is killed by the Iron Cross Army in the opener.
* PercussivePrevention: Spider-Man pulls this on Tachibana in Episode 39, in order to prevent the latter from walking into an Iron Cross trap.
* PhantomThief
** Episode 3 involves a thief called 001, who gets kidnapped by the Iron Cross Army and hypnotized into committing crimes in Spider-Man's name.
** Episode 25 involves another thief, 107, who retired five years ago after stealing a highly valuable jewel to look after his orphaned grandson. Unfortunately, the Iron Cross Army now wants this jewel, and they're not above kidnapping or killing people to get what they want.
* PlayingWithFire: The Fire Fox Machine BEM had such powers.
* {{Retool}}: Somewhat less than halfway through the run, the show abruptly started focusing on Spider-Man helping kids. This was actually a sign of the times, as around 1979-84 tokusatsu began getting LighterAndSofter (because of pressure from MoralGuardians) moving away from the more violent and brutal early-1970s series such as ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon'' and ''Manga/ChoujinBarom1''. It can even be seen in the Tsuburaya series ''Series/UltramanEighty''.
* RocketPunch: Leopardon's Arm Rockets.
* SavageWolf: Bomb Wolf, Episode 29's Machine BEM.
* ShortAnimeMovie: {{Tokusatsu}} version.
* SixthRanger: Bella and Rita become this for the Iron Cross Army once they're introduced in Episode 35.
* {{Sizeshifter}}: The Machine [=BEMs=] seemed to initiate the MakeMyMonsterGrow bits all on their own, and some also displayed the ability to shrink to a pocket size.
* SneezeCut: Two of these in Episode 34. Hitomi gets the first one, after some kids call her a third-rate photographer, and Takuya gets another one later, when Amazoness and Professor Monster note that he's been snooping around near one of their factories (Takuya did have a cold at the time, though).
* SoftGlass: Spider-Man effortlessly breaks through a glass window in Episode 19, without cutting himself or his costume.
* SomethingPerson: Spider-Man, as ever.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Takuya's Spider Bracelet (as well as the official subs) spells Spidey's name as one word, "Spiderman", instead of the usual two words with a hyphen.
* SpiderSense: Duh.
* StockFootage
* StopTrick
* SuperRobot
* SuperSenses
** The Machine BEM from Episode 6, Robacular, had a super sense of smell.
** Later episodes portray Spider-Man as having similar abilities.
* SuperStrength: The plot of Episode 33 involves Spider-Man encountering a young girl who has this as a result of wearing a special pendant from Planet Spider.
* TankGoodness: Episode 21 features a Machine BEM that's half tank, half ''buffalo''.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Most episodes will have some version of the show's opening theme playing over the big fight scene at the climax.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: This is always the attack that kills the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* TragicMonster: Kabuton, Episode 9's Machine BEM, as well as the Snake Woman in Episode 10.
* TransformationNameAnnouncement: The Machine [=BEMs=] would often announce their names right after growing to their giant size.
* TransformationTrinket: Takuya's Spider Bracelet, which besides shooting webs and releasing his suit for him to transform into, can also detect {{Mook}}s in disguise, among other functions.
* TransformingMecha: Marveller/Leopardon, going from spaceship to humanoid robot.
* TurtlePower: Kamenger, Episode 19's Machine BEM.
* VictimOfTheWeek: Episodes often involve Spider-Man helping random kids who happen to get involved with whatever the Iron Cross Army is up to this week.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The primary power of Dr. Miracle, an old associate of Professor Monster who appears for one episode.
* WallCrawl: A standard part of the Spider-Man arsenal.
* WasOnceAMan: Several Machine [=BEMs=] were ordinary humans who were kidnapped by the Iron Cross Army and rebuilt into horrible monsters.
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: In Episode 27, Takuji names a dog he adopts after Takuya, his big brother.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Takuya's sister, Shinko, can't stand spiders.

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