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Ranger Station Episode 3: Teamwork

Ranger Station Episode 3: Teamwork

With almost 800 episodes over the course of 22 years, the Power Rangers television show is arguably the single most successful live-action superhero franchise of all time, and certainly one of the strangest. Adapted from Japan's long-running Super Sentai series, created by manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori, the Power Rangers combined the giant robots and monsters of their Japanese counterpart with a completely different set of secret identities and problems, and became a pop cultural phenomenon. That's why we're looking back with an in-depth guide to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, including its source material, Kyuoryu Sentai Zyuranger, in ComicsAlliance's Ranger Station!

This week, the Rangers get their weapons and we have an exclusive as we hear directly from a rather surprising actor who appeared in this actual episode!

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Ranger Station Episode 2: High Five

Ranger Station Episode 2: High Five

With almost 800 episodes over the course of 22 years, the Power Rangers television show is arguably the single most successful live-action superhero franchise of all time, and certainly one of the strangest. Adapted from Japan's long-running Super Sentai series, created by manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori, the Power Rangers combined the giant robots and monsters of their Japanese counterpart with a completely different set of secret identities and problems, and became a pop cultural phenomenon. That's why we're looking back with an in-depth guide to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, including its source material, Kyuoryu Sentai Zyuranger, in ComicsAlliance's Ranger Station!

This week, Trini conquers a fear of heights that, for some reason, has never stopped her from piloting a 200 foot-tall robot. Go figure.

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Buy This Book: Shimizu and Shimoguchi’s ‘Ultraman’ Vol. 1

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If you're looking to get into Ultraman, Eiji Tsubaraya's long-running, world-famous tokusatsu franchise, now seems like a pretty good time. There's Ultraman X, of course, which just became the first ever toku series to be broadcast simultaneously worldwide via Crunchyroll, but for those of us who prefer our superheroes on the printed page rather than live action, there's something else, too: A new manga from Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi.

Billed in bold type right there on the cover as 'THE BEGINNING OF A NEW AGE', the first volume dropped digitally this week from Viz Media, and while there are parts that read like a pretty standards superhero reboot, it's well worth checking out --- if only so that you can get to the awesome ending.

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Ranger Station: ComicsAlliance’s Guide To ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,’ Episode 1

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Episode 1: Day of the Dumpster

With almost 800 episodes over the course of 22 years, the Power Rangers television show is arguably the single most successful live-action superhero franchise of all time, and certainly one of the strangest. Adapted from Japan's long-running Super Sentai series, created by manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori, the Power Rangers combined the giant robots and monsters of their Japanese counterpart with a completely different set of secret identities and problems, and became a pop cultural phenomenon. That's why we're looking back with an in-depth guide to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, including its source material, Kyuoryu Sentai Zyuranger, in ComicsAlliance's Ranger Station!

This week, the show begins with "Day of the Dumpster," marking the only time that a twenty-year television legacy has started off with a brand name trash bin.

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The Green Ranger Goes Full ‘Die Hard’ When ‘Power Rangers Dino Charge’ Returns Next Saturday

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Friends, our national nightmare is almost over. As I'm sure you're already aware, there hasn't been a new episode of Nickelodeon's Power Rangers Dino Charge since April, when the show took a break for the summer and left us all wondering if our favorite teenage natural history museum employees --- and, you know, color coded superheroes --- would ever return to save us all from the interplanetary threat of Sledge.

Now, at last, we are on the verge of the Rangers' return. This Saturday at noon, the show is back with "When Logic Fails," a new episode that finds the Rangers trapped in a strange maze while some genuinely terrifying medical experiments are going on with the monsters. And to get the word out, they've sent us an exclusive clip where Riley, the Green Ranger, discovers exactly what a TV dinner feels like.

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It’s Morphin’ Time: Best ‘Power Rangers’ Art Ever

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In August of 1993, the immortal words “It’s Morphin’ Time!” were first broadcast to an unsuspecting public on the Fox network. More than twenty years later, it is apparently still time to morph, because the Power Rangers are poised on the precipice of another pop-culture explosion thanks to the upcoming comic series and third major movie.

To celebrate this enduring pop culture phenomenon, we've compiled a gallery of art inspired by the show’s earliest incarnation, along with some great ideas for redesigns and updates of the classic characters.

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It’s Morphin’ Time! 10 ‘Power Rangers’ Facts Fresh From Angel Grove

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The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers have seen their fair share of reboots and adaptations, but did you know Saban went all out to add new sequences to better suit its 1993 American premiere? Or that Walter White himself, Bryan Cranston held an early role? Break out your morphers, it’s the 16th episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?,’ which go-goes to Angel Grove for the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers!

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‘Ultraman X’ Just Became The First Tokusatsu Show To Be Simulcast In America

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The weeks around San Diego are always pretty big for live-action superheroes, but if you were caught up in all the movie news that came out of Comic-Con, you might've missed one of the most interesting announcements of the year. On Tuesday, Ultraman X, this year's iteration of the venerable franchise created by Eiji Tsubaraya, became the first tokusatsu show to ever be broadcast simultaneously in Japan and America, thanks to the Crunchyroll streaming service.

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Ask Chris #249: In Defense Of Go-Busters

Ask Chris #249, background image from Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters

Q: Are there any missed opportunities in the way Super Sentai has been adapted for America? - @franzferdinand2

A: When you consider how weird it is that Power Rangers even exists in the form that it does, as this adaptation that, more often than not, has almost nothing in common with its source material other than a focus on problems that can only be solved with giant robot dinosaurs, it gets pretty difficult to figure out things that they could've done differently. I mean, when you get right down to it, they did almost everything they could've done, from stitching together pieces of multiple series into one show to throwing out everything except the robot fights and rebuilding the plot from scratch, all the way to trying to stick as close to the source as they could.

But that said, there's one big missed opportunity that stands out, and it's something that happened just this year: They didn't do an American adaptation of Go-Busters.

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A Real-Life Kamen Rider Is Patrolling the Streets In Japan

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You may recall this story from last summer about a guy riding around Japan's Chiba Prefecture on a Batpod while wearing a very accurate movie Batman costume.

Well, step aside, Dark Knight. Japan's got a new motorcycle-riding hero, and this time, he's a Japanese-born character. Someone with a very accurate Kamen Rider costume has been riding around in Fukuoka Prefecture, specifically in the city of Kitakyushu (and at one point, the surrounding farmland). His mission? To put an end to drunk driving.

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