- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Tumblr
To tie-in with the current “Spider-Verse” storyline currently taking place in the Amazing Spider-Man comic book, Marvel Entertainment has released two episodes of the 1970s Japanese live-action Spider-Man series online.
The series, which ran for 41 episodes on Tokyo Channel 12 between May 1978 and Mar. 1979, was a co-production of the Toei Company and Marvel, and saw the familiar web-slinging superhero revised to become a motorcycle rider named Takyua Yamashiro who gains superpowers after a blood transfusion with an alien from the planet Spider. He doesn’t just fight crime using his powers, however; he also has a spaceship that transforms into a giant robot, called Leopardon.
Marvel’s revival of the television series for an Internet audiences follows the return of the Yamashiro character — and the Leopardon robot — in the “Spider-Verse” storyline, which sees Peter Parker team up with different versions of Spider-Man from across multiple alternate realities. (Yamashiro and Leopardon both debuted in Amazing Spider-Man No. 12, released last week.)
This is actually the second time that Marvel has released episodes from the show online; in 2009, the series was temporarily available to stream in its entirety, including the feature-length episode created to accompany the series during its original transmission.
The first and seventh episodes of the Toei series are currently available to view at Marvel.com. Amazing Spider-Man No. 12, featuring the introduction of the characters in comic book mythology, is currently available digitally and in comic book stores.
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day
Sterling K. Brown