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  • Complete Monster:
    • Spider-Man: The Manga (1970-1971, illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami): Kangaroo, from issues 7-9, is a bloodthirsty, brutish American wrestler with super strength that he abuses with absolute glee. After being blacklisted by his home country's wrestling association for the way he'd horrifically brutalize his opponents, Kangaroo travels to Japan to extend his special brand of cruelty to the locals. Landing on Spider-Man's radar by brutalizing four Japanese wrestlers, Kangaroo proceeds to cause chaos all over Tokyo by assaulting people, robbing and stealing, and inciting panic among the masses. After stealing a canister of highly lethal bacteria with the power to kill thousands of innocent people should it go airborne (causing a citywide panic), Kangaroo uses it as a shield to gain an edge over Spider-Man in combat. Once bested by Spidey, a smug Kangaroo decides to fling the canister to the ground which, had it not been for Spider-Man's intervention, would have condemned thousands to die, purely out of rage and spite towards the masses for hating him. Despite appearing before the comic's infamous Darker and Edgier tone shift, Kangaroo stands out as being among the most heinous foes that this incarnation of Spider-Man has fought, even causing Spidey to temporarily quit crime-fighting out of fear of becoming as bad as Kangaroo.
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    • Spider-Man J (2004-2005; by Yamanaka Akira): General Wasperus is the vicious, arrogant second-in-command of the mysterious Lord Beastius's forces. Tasked with enslaving millions of Tokyo's citizens, Wasperus uses creations of his own, called Stealth Bees, which latch on to their hosts and turn them into prisoners of their own mind, aware and helpless while Wasperus is free to use them as soldiers and as slaves to carry out his bidding. He demonstrates this on Detective Flynn, a friend of Spider-Man's who he forces to fight to the death, smugly mocking Spider-Man about his predicament while stating that he picked this method of fighting Spider-Man solely for the sake of the look on his face when forced to kill a close ally. When Spidey hesitates to hurt Flynn, a bored Wasperus tries to butcher Spider-Man's young friends Harold and Jean-Marie before threatening to hurt other innocent civilians as well. After freeing Flynn from Wasperus's control and chasing him to his lair, the general fights the heroes himself and states that he intends to keep Spidey alive just long enough to live with the guilt of not saving millions of innocents from enslavement before squashing him like a bug. A dark, serious foe in an otherwise-lighthearted and funny comic, Wasperus proves to be this continuity's nastiest villain by far.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Yu Komori. Does it sound familiar?
    • Spider-Man J version of Aunt May, Mami Amano, has a lot in common with the version from Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially being younger than most of the adaptations of this character.
  • Watch It for the Meme: "Mind Tigers". For some comic book fans, this is all they know about the 1970s Spider-Man: The Manga. For others, it's all they need to know since the depressing arc about the former singer who unwittingly summoned an invisible tiger to maul those who wronged her memorably summarizes the themes of the story.

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