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‘Edge Of Spider-Verse’ #5 May Not Be The Tokusatsu Spider-Man We Want, But It’s Still Pretty Rad [Review]

Edge of Spider-Verse #5, Marvel Comics

If there's one thing that you need to know about ComicsAlliance, it's that we are very much in favor of Supaidaman, the '70s tokusatsu series where Marvel's Spider-Man was reimagined as Takuya Yamashiro, a dirtbike racer chosen by an alien from Planet Spider to defend the world from Professor Monster with the aid of a giant robot. It's one of my favorite things in the world, and if you asked me to pick one thing that I'd want to see from Marvel, it would be for Yamashiro to return to action in the pages of the modern Marvel Universe.

As a result, it's hard for me to look at this week's Edge of Spider-Verse #5, by Gerard Way, Jake Wyatt, Ian Herring and Clayton Cowles, without just seeing that it's a tokusatsu-inspired take on Spider-Man that simply isn't the one I want it to be. It took a lot of effort to get past that -- effort that was mostly motivated by how great last month's "Spider-Gwen" issue was -- but in the end, I'm glad I made it. It might not be the book I wanted, but it's definitely pretty fantastic in its own right, even if it suffers from a distinct lack of dirtbikes.

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The Marvel Comics Connection To Super Sentai And Power Rangers [Video]


You may have already noticed that I'm a pretty big fan of going really deep into the origins and minutiae of my favorite characters. That's one of the reasons that I really appreciate what ToyBountyHunters has been doing with their in-depth series on the origins of the massive, long-running Super Sentai series, the franchise that gave us the source material for our American Power Rangers. They spend a lot of time discussing the origins and development of the series, an as someone who really likes that stuff, it's fascinating.

The same goes for their latest video, the third part of their retrospective, where they turn their attention to the connection between Marvel Comics and the development of Super Sentai -- and while I already knew all about the tokusatsu series about Spider-Man -- known colloquially as Japanese Spider-Man -- there's a lot in there that I wasn't familiar with, like how Battle Fever J started out as a Captain America show.

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Japanese Spider-Man Returns At Last This November In Marvel’s ‘Spider-Verse’

An emissary from Hell, Spiderman!

Did you need more proof that we were living in the best of all possible worlds? If so, here you go: At long last, editor Nick Lowe has confirmed that Japanese Spider-Man is returning in the pages of November's Spider-Verse event.

The event, which kicks off in Amazing Spider-Man #9, has promised to include "Every Spider-Man Ever," and while we expected this to include standard variants like Spider-Man 2099 and Ultimate Spider-Man, this one comes as a surprise. Marvel has very rarely acknowledged the existence of Peter Parker's Japanese counterpart, which makes sense. I mean, he is the best possible Spider-Man.

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‘Japanese Spider-Man’ Episode 9: ‘The Animate Accessory is the Beetle Spy of Love!’ [Review]


Chris: Welcome back to Spider-Man Japan, our series of in-depth reviews on the 1978 live-action Spider-Man show where he fought monsters with a giant robot. If you've been following along for the past few months, you'll know that we skipped over Valentine's Day because we didn't think we'd have an appropriate episode. I hate to admit it, but that was a mis

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‘Japanese Spider-Man’ Episode 8: ‘Strange Tales of the Past! The Cursed Cat Grave!’ [Review]


Chris: Hello everyone, and welcome to this week's installment of Spider-Man Japan, our unnecessarily in-depth series on Toei's 1978 live-action Supaidaman show! This week... I think the only word that even

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‘Japanese Spider-Man’ Episode 7: ‘The Ferocious Hit Song! Sing and Dance to the Killer Rock!’ [Review]


Chris: Welcome back to Spider-Man Japan, ComicsAlliance's far too in-depth review of the 1978 live-action Japanese Supaidaman show! Over the past two months, we've seen Spidey facing down giant monsters, master thieves and even his own best friend. This week, though, he faces the most terrify

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‘Japanese Spider-Man’ Episode 5: ‘The Experimental Labs of Horror! Evil Professor Monster!’ [Review]


Chris: Welcome back to ComicsAlliance's weekly breakdown of the 1978 Japanese live-action Spider-Man series! This week, we're up to Episode 6, and folks, before we get started, I have to warn you: This one has a Parental Advisory.

Caleb: This sh** is not "E" for every

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‘Japanese Spider-Man’ Episode 5: ‘Thundering Machine GP7! An Oath of Brothers!’ [Review]


Chris: Welcome back to Spider-Man Japan, ComicsAlliance's way-too-in-depth review of Toei's 1978 live-action Spider-Man TV show! I hope you guys like stories of stolen missiles and terrorist plots that everyone forgets about as soon as a truck drives past an adorable orphan, because that's exactly what we're working with this week.

Caleb: It's a hard knock life, you know?Watch Along wi

‘Japanese Spider-Man’ Episode 4: ‘The Terrifying Half Mer-Man! Calling the Miracle Silver Thread!’ [Review]


Chris: Welcome back to Spider-Man Japan: ComicsAlliance's in-depth review of Toei's 1978 live-action Spider-Man series! Last week, I said that Episode 3 was far and away my favorite of the series so far, so I figured that this week's episode would be a little bit of a letdown. Folks... Not only is this my favorite Japanese Spider

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‘Japanese Spider-Man’ Episode 3: ‘Mysterious Thief 001 vs. Spider-Man!’


Chris: Happy New Year everyone, and welcome back to Spider-Man Japan! It's a whole new year for ComicsAlliance's in-depth review of Toei's Supaidaman TV series, and to celebrate, we're kicking things off with a whole new villain for everyone's favorite international webslinger: Phantom Thief 001!

Caleb: Numbers make everything better.

Watch Along with Chris and Caleb:


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