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  • Approval of God: Stan Lee, no less, loved this series.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: "The Emissary from Hell, Spider-Man!" is treated as if it’s this incarnation’s catchphrase, even though he only says it once, in the first episode. Takuya actually uses a variety of epithets, with the most frequent being "The Iron Cross killer, Spider-Man!".
  • Executive Meddling: The original plan was that it was going to be more true to the comics, but Bandai wanted him to be a Henshin Hero complete with Humongous Mecha because kids in Japan at the time love those things, right?
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    • The series is commonly referred to as Supaidaman by English-speaking audiences, both to differentiate it from other Spider-Man projects and because it sounds cool.
    • Meanwhile, this version of Spider-Man is occasionally referred to as "Toei Spider-Man" to differentiate him from other versions.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: Leopardon's transformation scenes were achieved by using the official Leopardon toy that Popy (later Bandai) was selling at the time.
  • The Other Darrin: The actress who portrayed Bella Army changed between Episodes 38 and 39.
  • Referenced by...: Leopardon plays an important part in Ready Player One, where Wade/Parzival gets his hands on it after clearing the second gate. He uses it in the climax to travel to Chthonia, and take on Sorrento's Mechagodzilla, but the mech is destroyed in the battle.
    • The mainstream Marvel comic books has a Show Within a Show version of itself that publishes "true stories" of heroes with public identities within the Marvel universe itself. Since Peter Parker’s identity is secret they can’t fill in biographical information, only Spider-Man’s public appearances. When there are glimpses of the in-universe comics they generally appear to be references to this Japanese series, positing that Spider-Man is the exiled prince of Planet Spider.
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  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: The actual Leopardon suit was stolen, so later battle scenes involving it had to be recycled from footage of earlier episodes.
  • Short-Lived, Big Impact: Spider-Man ran for one season (41 episodes and one movie) but introduced Humongous Mecha into the Toku genre for years, where they remain a franchise staple to this day.
  • What Could Have Been: Regarding its follow-ups. What was conceived as a Japanese Captain America became Battle Fever J, the revival of Super Sentai. After Battle Fever J, adaptations using the Incredible Hulk and/or the Silver Surfer were considered but dropped in favor of continuing Sentai with Denshi Sentai Denziman. Rumors in Japan say that the Silver Surfer series eventually became Space Sheriff Gavan.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Spider-Man Wiki.

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