In this version, Spider-Man is Takuya Yamashiro, a young Japanese motorcycle racer who's given blood by a 400-year-old Human Alien 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 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 (J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai) and third (Battle Fever J) Super Sentai shows and has many similarities to that franchise: Spider-Man has a car called the Spider-Machine GP-7 and a Humongous Mecha, and the series follows the familiar formula of a single organization sending out a Monster of the Week which gets defeated, then 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 (Himitsu Sentai Goranger and J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai) didn't have giant robots.The series is not related in any way to the earlier Spider-Man manga by Ryoichi Ikegami, 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.Stan Leelikes it and Marvel clearly doesn't consider it an Old Shame. In fact, this incarnation is set to return in the huge crossover Spider-Verse.
Supaidāman provides examples of the following tropes:
Ear Worm / Brown Note: Happens In-Universe. 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.
Emergency Transformation: Takuya was turned into Spider-Man partly to prevent him from dying from a wound to the neck given to him by some Mooks.
In Episode 17, when Samson the wrestler turns into a Machine BEM, he resembles The Thing.
Saeko Yoshida, Amazoness' civilian identity, is a gender flipped version of J. Jonah Jameson.
Professor Monster is also loosely based on Doctor Doom.
Eye Beam: Professor Monster can fire these out of his mechanical eye.
Eye Catch: 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.
Gag Dub: Many Western fans were first aware of the existence of Japanese Spiderman through a hilarious (and sadly lost) Gag Dub on Youtube.
Gameplay and Story Segregation: 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.
Hero with Bad Publicity: 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.
I Have No Son: 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.
In Name Only: Has little in common with his American Marvel counterpart other than the costume and some of his abilities.
In the Name of the Moon: 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.
Loan Shark: 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.
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.
Sixth Ranger: 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 Make My Monster Grow bits all on their own, and some also displayed the ability to shrink to a pocket size.
Sneeze Cut: 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).
Soft Glass: Spider-Man effortlessly breaks through a glass window in Episode 19, without cutting himself or his costume.