Spider-Man (スパイダーマンSupaidāman?) is a Japanese live-action television series produced by Toei Company, loosely based on Marvel's Spider-Man character.[1] The series lasted 41 episodes, which aired on the Wednesday 19:30 JST time slot of Tokyo Channel 12 from May 17, 1978, to March 14, 1979. A theatrical episode was also shown in the Toei Manga Matsuri film festival on July 22, 1978. From March 5 to December 24, 2009, Marvel uploaded English subtitled versions of all 41 episodes and the movie on their official website.[2]

While Toei's version of the character wore the same costume as his Marvel counterpart, the show's storyline and the origin of the character's powers deviated completely from the source material. In addition to fighting by himself, this incarnation of Spider-Man also piloted a giant robot known as Leopardon, which he would summon to thwart off enlarged versions of the show's monsters. Toei would adopt the giant robot concept in subsequent incarnations of their own Super Sentai franchise.


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The show was the result of a three-years licensing agreement with Marvel that allowed both to use each others' properties in any way they wanted. Toei initially planned to use Spider-Man as a supporting character for an unmade television series starring a fictionalized version of Yamato Takeru who was sent to the present via a time warp.[3] However, Toei decided to make Spider-Man the protagonist instead and the character of Yamato Takeru was revised into Garia, an alien who gives Spider-Man his powers. The resulting show deviated from the source material completely, outside of Spider-Man's costume and some of his superpowers and gadgets. Other productions by Toei as a result of this licensing deal included Battle Fever J (a show originally conceived about a Japanese counterpart of Captain America) and an animated television movie based on the comic book Tomb of Dracula. In contrast, Marvel would use the main robots from two of Toei's anime programs, Wakusei Robo Danguard Ace and Chōdenji Robo Combattler V, in their comic book adaptation of the Shogun Warriors toyline. A toy version of Leopardon, Spider-Man's robot from the Toei series, was also sold in the United States as part of the Shogun Warriors line.

Although the show's story was criticized for bearing almost no resemblance to the Marvel version, the staff at Marvel Comics, including Spider-Man's co-creator Stan Lee, praised the show for its special effects and stunt work, especially the spider-like movement of the character himself.[4] While it is said that Marvel initially opposed the addition of Leopardon, the robot was viewed as a necessary gimmick to attract younger viewers and was ultimately kept. The show's mechanical designer, Katsushi Murakami (a toy designer at the time), expressed concern about Toei's capability to market Spider-Man to Japanese audiences and was given permission by producer Yoshinori Watanabe to take whatever liberties he deemed necessary. Murakami came up with the idea of giving Spider-Man an extraterrestrial origin, as well as a spider-like spacecraft that could transform into a giant robot (due to the popularity of the giant robot shows in Japan at the time).

The action figure version of Leopardon was initially sold as part of the Chogokin toyline and became an unprecedented success in the market, which contributed to the TV series' popularity as well.[5] The success of the show made Toei introduce the giant robot concept to their Super Sentai franchise in Battle Fever J (a show which they also co-produced with Marvel) and contributed to Spider-Man's popularity when Marvel began to export more of their properties to Japan during later years.

The head writer of the series was Susumu Takaku (Key Hunter, Mazinger Z, G-Men '75), who wrote 16 episodes and the movie, while former Tsuburaya writer Shōzō Uehara also wrote 15 episodes, including the first episode and the finale. There were many episodes in which the "monster of the week" (usually a "Machine BEM" created by the villain) was not relevant to the plot, as well as two episodes (ep. 12 and ep. 27) which featured no monsters at all. The show also featured a story arc in which the female antagonist Amazoness tries to uncover Spider-Man's secret identity.


Young motorcycle racer Takuya Yamashiro sees a UFO falling to earth, in fact a space warship named the "Marveller" from the planet "Spider". Takuya's father Dr. Hiroshi Yamashiro, a space archaeologist, investigates the case but is killed upon finding the spaceship. The incident also brings the attention of Professor Monster and his evil Iron Cross Army (鉄十字団Tetsu Jūji Dan?), an alien group that plans to rule the universe.

Takuya follows his father to the Marveller and discovers the last survivor of Spider, who gives him a bracelet that gives him special spider-like powers and the ability to control the ship and transform it into a giant robot called "Leopardon" for battle. Using his powers, he fights Professor Monster's army and other threats to Earth under the name Spider-Man.



[1][2]The Japanese Spider-Man costume.

In this series, Spider-Man's civilian identity is that of Takuya Yamashiro (山城 拓也Yamashiro Takuya?), a 22-year-old motocross racer. He has the ability to perceive threats from the Iron Cross Army with his Spider-senses. He fights the Iron Cross Army in order to avenge his father's death. To conceal his superhero identity, Takuya acts as a weakling in front of his friends on purpose. As a result, Takuya gets chastised by his friends whenever he runs away from danger and is often compared unfavorably to Spider-Man. Moreover, his financial income as a motorcycle racer decreases after becoming Spider-Man due to his reduced participation in races, forcing him to assist Hitomi in her job to pay for his expenses.

Takuya assumes the identity of Spider-Man when he dons the protective suit known as the Spider-Protector. He is genetically altered as a result of the Spider-Extract injected into his body by Garia, gaining spider-like abilities such as sticking and climbing into walls. Moreover, he can also detect the activities of nearby enemies with his Spider-Senses and his physical strength is greater than the average person. However, he has also inherited some of the same weaknesses actual spiders have, such as a strong sensitivity towards cold temperatures.

Spider-Man keeps his true identity a secret from the public, although his reputation among the public as a defender of justice is established early on. Spider-Man even gets a hit song named after him called the "Spider-Man Boogie".[6] Only Juzo Mamiya and the staff of the Interpol Secret Intelligence Division become aware of Spider-Man's true identity[7], as they cooperate in various instances in order thwart the various schemes of the Iron Cross Army.

While Spider-Man spends most of the series fighting off Ninders (the Iron Cross Army's foot soldiers), he rarely finishes the Machine BEMs by himself, as they usually turn giant before Spider-Man has the chance to finish one off, forcing Spider-Man to summon Leopardon. Since he very rarely finishes an enemy by himself, always using Leopardon instead, Spider-Man occupies a peculiar position compared to other Japanese super-heroes, in which he has no finishing move or weapon to use such as Kamen Rider's Rider Kick or Kikaider's Denji End.

When Spider-Man faces the enemy in each episode, he will introduce himself while performing a dramatic pose (a tradition also adapted in subsequentSuper Sentai shows). The catch-phrase he uses to introduced also varies between episodes. Toei's version of Spider-Man rarely uses his web shooter to swing between buildings, as his main mode of transportation is a car called the Spider Machine GP-7, along with an aircraft called the Marveller (his web shooter instead shoots a rope which he latches onto things and he swings with it using both hands like Tarzan). There are also moments where Spider-Man doesn't use any of his vehicles and moves on foot instead. The scenes of Spider-Man walking in downtown Shinjuku in Episode 23 were shot guerrilla style, since the producers did not ask for a permit to film those scenes


Spider Protector (スパイダープロテクターSupaidā Purotekutā?)
The proper name of Takuya's Spider-Man costume in the show. Unlike his Marvel counterpart, Takuya keeps his outfit stored inside his Spider Bracelet and wears it only when changing identities. When Takuya releases it from his bracelet, it instantly wraps into his body, allowing Takuya to change into it easily. It is said that only one of the original suits used during the filming of the show has been preserved. The suit that was preserved was the same one that was used during the interview with Stan Lee on the DVD set of the series. When the Japanese Spider-Man suit was seen by American fans on the streets during a photo shoot, many of them were not used to the bracelet on his wrist and asked why Spider-Man was wearing a "silly-looking watch".
Spider Bracelet (スパイダーブレスレットSupaidā Buresuretto?)
A bracelet wore around Spider-Man's left wrist, it substitutes the web shooters from his Marvel counterpart. It also used to store the Spider Protector when Takuya is not wearing it. Like the web shooters, the Spider Bracelet can shoot nets and Strings made from a special type of liquid called "Spider Fluid", which is stored within the bracelet and are produced infinitely. The bracelet is also equipped with a homing device that allows Spider-Man to summon the GP-7 or Marveller. No toy version of the Spider Bracelet was ever made during the run of the show's airing, while related products and manga adaptations omitted the bracelet altogether. Moreover, a lighter version of the Spider Bracelet prop was built specifically for action scenes, since the one used in close shots was too heavy for the suit actor to wear during stunts.
Spider Strings (スパイダーストリングスSupaidā Sutoringusu?)
A rope made of spider webbing shot from Spider-Man's Spider Bracelet. It can pull objects that weight more than a hundred tons.
Spider Net (スパイダーネットSupaidā Netto?)
A net made of spider webbing also shot from Spider-Man's Spider Bracelet. It is used to capture a group of enemies at once.

Spider Machine GP-7Edit

The Spider Machine GP-7 (スパイダーマシンGP-7 Supaidā Mashin Jī Pī Sebun?) is Spider-Man's flying car. The car is equipped with machine guns and missile launchers inside its bonnet. It is usually stored inside the Marveller aircraft and exits the ship from the rear side of its bridge.


The Marveller (マーベラーMāberā?) is the spacecraft that Garia came to Earth with. It is 45 meters tall and weights over 25,000 tons. It is usually stored underground and surfaces by cracking the ground whenever Spider-Man summons it. The ship's bridge is shaped like a leopard's head[8], which is where Leopardon's head is stored, and cracks left and right when transforming into robot mode (when it becomes Leopardon, the bridge is located inside its back). Although it shape might not seem suitable to fly within the Earth's atmosphere, it has the capability of flying at a speed of Mach 15. It is capable of flying to outer space at the speed of light. Because Marveller is usually transformed immediately into Leopardon whenever Spider-Man boards it, it is rarely seen in spacecraft mode. The Marveller is primarily equipped with cannons on its bow, which are capable of destroying most Machine BEMs.


[3][4]Leopardon, Spider-Man's giant robot.

Leopardon (レオパルドンReoparudon?) is a giant robot that Marveller can transform into. It is over 60 meters tall and has a weight of over 25,000 tons. According to Murakami, the name may have been taken from the German battle tank Leopard.


Leopardon is equipped with the following types of weapons, which are used accordingly to the situation.

Arm Rocket (アームロケットĀmu Rokketo?)
A flying rocket punch capable of destroying walls with five feet of thickness.
Arc Turn (アークターンĀku Tān?)
The decoration on Leopardon's head flies around like a boomerang. It emits a ray of light while flying.
Leopardon Strings (レオパルドンストリングスReoparudon Sutoringusu?)
A rope that attaches into objects that is launched from its chest.
Spider Protector (スパイダープロテクターSupaidā Purotekutā?)
A shield created from an energy panel emitted by both of Leopardon's lower legs, it takes the shape of a spider webbing. This shield is shown in promotional materials and stills, but was never actually used in the show.
Sword Vigor (ソードビッカーSōdo Bikkā?)
A sword attached to Leopardon's right leg, Leopardon never actually wields it in combat, throwing it instead for its finishing move against the Machine BEMs. It is a powerful weapon due to its capability of destroying most Machine BEMs in a single blow.
Apparent invincibilityEdit

Leopardon is said to be the "mightiest instant killing giant robot in the history of tokusatsu programming" according to Toei's official site for the Japanese DVD release of the series.

In reality, only the first few episodes of the series featured actual battle scenes between Leopardon and the giant-sized Machine BEMs, but as the series progressed the dramatic portions of the episodes were made longer, while battle scenes were made shorter in order to keep up with the running time. Because of this, there were numerous episodes in which Leopardon would immediately throw his sword immediately after transforming from Marveller, finishing off the Machine BEM in each episode in a single blow.[9] In the end, Leopardon does not suffer any damages, not even during the final battle against the giant version of Professor Monster, who is finished off with the Sword Vigor throw like most of the previous Machine BEMs.

Moreover, Leopardon and the giant-sized Machine BEMs rarely appeared together in the same shots[10], and most of the giant-sized battles involved Leopardon in one shot and the Machine BEM in another launching projectiles at each other.[11] This was because the know-how on building a special effects costume imitating a giant robot was still rather primitive at the time and due to its large size, it often dwarfed the stuntmen in the Machine BEM suits. Due to structural problems, the Leopardon suit was difficulty for the stuntman to move in and during the course of the series, the suit was damaged and later lost. As a result, all future fight scenes with Leopardon could only be made using stock footage of previous fights.

As a result, many of the later episodes had Leopardon finishing off each monster as a quickly as possible, making the robot look more powerful than the writers originally intended it to be. Toei's experience with Leopardon would later help them in filming the giant robot battles for their later Super Sentai franchise.

Introductory catch-phrasesEdit

As described above, Spider-Man would stand before the enemy in a dramatic pose, while using a different catch-phrase depending on the situation (in the early episodes, he would often introduce himself as the "Messenger from Hell, Spider-Man" or the "Iron Cross Killer, Spider-Man"). After introducing himself, a version of show's theme song would play as background music as Spider-Man begins to fight. The same shot of Spider-Man conducting the pose would be used repeatedly a couple of times before battle.


Hitomi Sakuma (佐久間 ひとみSakuma Hitomi?)
Takuya's girlfriend, a 20-years-old freelance photographer. She is the only person besides Spider-Man to ride the Spider Machine GP-7.
Shinko Yamashiro (山城 新子Yamashiro Shinko?)
Takuya's 18-years-old younger sister, who takes care of the household chores for the Yamashiro residence.
Takuji Yamashiro (山城 拓次Yamashiro Takuji?)
Takuya's 7-years-old younger brother.
Dr. Yamashiro (山城博士Yamashiro-hakase?)
Takuya's father. An astronomer who is killed during the first episode after his research led to the discovery of the Iron Cross Army.
Garia (ガリア?)
An alien from Planet Spider. 400 years prior to the event of the first episode, he pursued the Iron Cross Army in search of vengeance after his homeworld was destroyed by them, but crash landed into the Earth and was imprisoned in an underground cave for centuries. He is the one injects the Spider Extract to Takuya.
Juzo Mamiya (間宮 重三Mamiya Jūzō?)
An investigator in charge of Interpol's Secret Intelligence Division. He manages to uncover the fact that Spider-Man is Takuya and asks for his assistance in their mutual battle against the Iron Cross Army. From that moment onward, Takuya receives a radio transmitter from him, which allows Spider-Man to rendezvous with Interpol and vice-versa.

Iron Cross ArmyEdit

The Iron Cross Army (鉄十字団Tetsu Jūji Dan?) are the main villains of the series. They are an alien army that has destroyed numerous galaxies in their path of conquest.

Professor Monster (モンスター教授Monsutā-kyōju?)
The leader of the Iron Cross Army. He was responsible for the destruction of Planet Spider and 400 years afterward, he seeks to conquer the Earth as well. The blood of other lifeforms serves as the source of his immortality. In the final episode, he enlarges himself and turns into "Big Monster", but is defeated by a single strike of Leopardon's "Sword Vicker" attack
Amazoness (アマゾネスAmazonesu?)
The female commander of the Iron Cross Army. She is in charge of espionage and the planning of attacks. Has the ability to assume numerous disguises. From the beginning of the series, she assumes the identity of Saeko Yoshida (吉田 冴子Yoshida Saeko?), the editor of Weekly Woman magazine. After Spider-Man sees through Saeko's true identity, she disappears from her job and Weekly Woman is discontinued shortly afterward. Although she suspects that Takuya is really Spider-Man, she is unable to prove this without a doubt until the final episode. Her outfit changes throughout the course of the series: she wars a black leotard with her own natural hair for the first 18 episodes; a silver mini-skirt outfit and a red hairpiece for episodes 19 throughout 30 and 32; the same outfit but with a black hairpiece for episodes 31 and 33 to 38; and her original leotard outfit with a hairpiece for the final three episodes.
Bella (ベラBera?) and Rita (リタ?)
Two ancient female warriors from an uncharted region of the Amazon whose mummified bodies were resurrected by Professor Monster. Bella uses with a bow with poisonous arrows, while Rita wields a machine-gun.
Machine Bems (マシーンベム Mashīn Bemu?)
Biological weapons created by the Iron Cross Army. A new Machine Bem is usually created for each plot, usually to carry out the Iron Cross Army's plans or to serve as a bodyguard. The origins of the Machine Bems are never fully clarified, although a few of them (like Samson) are actually genetically modified humans, while others (like the Monster Cat) were apparitions brought back to life. The Machine Bems have the ability to change size at will, changing not only to giant size, but also to small palm sizes as well (such as the case with Kabuton). Their ability to enlarge themselves is never actually explained.
Ninders (ニンダーNindā?)
The foot soldiers of the Iron Cross Army. They disguise themselves as humans while conducting undercover missions in public, but are still identifiable by the exposed circuits behind their ears and their metallic hands.

Episode listEdit

  1. The Time of Revenge Has Come! Beat Down Iron Cross Group!! (復讐の時は来たれり! 撃て鉄十字団!! Fukushū no Toki wa Kitareri! Ute Tetsu Jūji Dan!!?)
  2. Mysterious World! The Man Who Follows His Fate (怪奇の世界! 宿命に生きる男Kaiki no Sekai! Shukumei ni Ikiru Otoko?)
  3. Mysterious Thief 001 VS. Spider-Man (怪盗001vsくも男Kaitō Daburu-Ō Wan Tai Kumo Otoko?)
  4. The Terrifying Half Merman! Calling the Miracle Silver Thread (恐怖の半魚人! 奇蹟を呼ぶ銀の糸Kyōfu no Han Kyojin! Kiseki o Yobu Gin no Ito?)
  5. Crash Machine GP-7! The Oath Siblings (激突マシンGP-7! 兄弟の誓いGekitotsu Mashin Jī-Pī-Sebun! Kyōdai no Chikai?)
  6. Shuddering Laboratory! Devilish Professor Monster (戦慄の実験室! 悪魔のモンスター教授Senritsu no Shikkenshitsu! Akuma no Monsutā Kyōshu?)
  7. Fearful Hit Tune! Song Dancing Murder Rock (恐ろしきヒット曲! 歌って踊る殺人ロックOsoroshiki Hitto Kyoku! Katte Odoru Satsujin Rokku?)
  8. Once Upon a Time in the Mysteriousless World: The Cursed Cat Mound (世にも不思議な昔ばなし 呪いの猫塚Yo ni mo Fushigi na Mukashi ba Nashi Noroi no Neko Zuka?)
  9. Motion Accessory is a Loveful Beetle Insect Spy (動くアクセサリーは恋のカブト虫スパイUgoku Akusesarī wa Koi no Kabuto Mushi Supai?)
  10. To the Flaming Hell: See the Tears of the Snake Woman (炎地獄にへび女の涙を見たHonō Jigoku ni Hebi Onna no Namida o Mita?)
  11. Professor Monster's Ultra Poisoning (モンスター教授のウルトラ毒殺Monsutā Kyōshu no Urutora Dokusatsu?)
  12. Becoming Splendid: To the Murderous Machine of Transformation (華麗なる殺人マシーンへの変身Karei Naru Satsujin Mashīn e no Henshin?)
  13. The Skull Group VS. The Devilish Hearse (ドクロ団対悪魔の霊柩車Dokuro Dan Tai Akuma no Reikyūsha?)
  14. Giving Father! Fight to the Song of the Hero (父に捧げよ 戦えぬ勇者の歌をChichi ni Sasage yo Tatakae nu Yūsha no Uta o?)
  15. The Life of Our Arrangement (ぼくたちの命の約束Boku tachi no Inochi no Yakusoku?)
  16. Fine Dog! Run to the Under of Father (名犬よ 父のもとへ走れMeiken yo Chichi no moto e Hashire?)
  17. Pro Wrestler Samson's Tears (プロレスラー サムソンの涙Puro Resurā Samuson no Namida?)
  18. In the Mother's Chest: Resurrect the Young Boys (母の胸に甦る少年Haha no Mune ni Yomigaeru Shōnen?)
  19. The Boy Phantom: To the Villageless Map (まぼろしの少年 地図にない村Maboroshi no Shōnen Chizu ni nai Mura?)
  20. Riddle: Calling the Riddle of My Secret Birth (謎が謎を呼ぶ私の出生の秘密Nazo ga Nazo o Yobu Watashi no Shuushō no Himitsu?)
  21. Fall to the Great Skies: Father's Love (大空に散る父の愛Ōzora ni Chiru Chichi no Ai?)
  22. Shedding Tears to the Dark Fate: Father and Child (暗い運命に泣け 父と子Kurai Unmei ni Nake Chichi to Ko?)
  23. To the Love Academy of the Homeless Children (家なき子たちに愛の学園をIenakiko Tachi ni Ai no Gakuen o?)
  24. Cockroach Boy: Great War (ゴキブリ少年大戦争Gokiburi Shōnen Dai Sensō?)
  25. Treasure, Dog, and Double Grow Human (秘宝と犬と複成人間Hihō to Inu to Fuku Sei Ningen?)
  26. To the Absolute Crisis: The Imitation Hero (絶対ピンチのにせものヒーローZettai Pinchi no Nisemono Hīrō?)
  27. Farewell War Buddy: Beloved German Shepherd (さらば戦友 愛しのセパードSaraba Sen'yū Itoshi no Sepādo?)
  28. The Front of the Alley: Boys' Detective Group (駅前横町の少年探偵団Ekimae Yokochō no Shōnen Tantei Dan?)
  29. Hurry, GP-7: Time of Stop Sign (急げGP-7 時間よ止まれIsoge Jī-Pī-Sebun Jikan yo Tomare?)
  30. Good Luck, Beautiful Police Officer (ガンバレ美人おまわりさんGanbare Bijin Omawarisan?)
  31. There Is No Child-Taking Detective Tomorrow (明日なき子連れ刑事Ashita naki Kotsure Keiji?)
  32. Sweet Whispering Enchantress (甘くささやく妖女Amaku Sasayaku Yōjo?)
  33. The Boy Teases the Horrible Wild Girl (男の子をイビる野性の凄い少女Otokonoko o Ibiru Yasei no Sugoi Shōjo?)
  34. Surprising Camera: Murderous Event (びっくりカメラ殺人事件Bikkuri Kamera Satsujin Jiken?)
  35. From the Unexplored Amazon: Here Comes the Mummified Beautiful Woman (秘境アマゾンから来たミイラ美女Hikyō Amazon Kara Kita Mīra Bijo?)
  36. The Onion Silver Mask and the Boys' Detective Group (たまねぎ鉄仮面と少年探偵団Tamanegi Gin Kamen to Shōnen Tantei Dan?)
  37. From the Secret Messenger of Hell: Great King Enma (地獄からの密使 えん魔大王Jigoku Kara no Missha Enma Daiō?)
  38. The First Tin Plate Evening Star and the Boys' Detective Group (ブリキの一番星と少年探偵団Buriki no Ichibanboshi to Shōnen Tantei Dan?)
  39. Sports World: One Great Meeting (格闘技世界一大会Kakutōki Sekai Ichidai Kai?)
  40. Farewell Zero Battle Tricks (さらばゼロ戦の謎Saraba Zero Sen no Nazo?)
  41. The Hero's Shining Hot Blood (輝け熱血の勇者Kagayake Nekketsu no Yūsha?)


A theatrical version of Spider-Man was shown on the Toei Manga Matsuri film festival on July 22, 1979. It was directed by series director Kōichi Takemoto and written by Susumu Takaku. The movie was the first appearance of the character of Juzo Mamiya, who subsequently appeared in three episodes of the series (episodes 11, 12 and 14). Because of this, the movie takes place between episodes 10 and 11. In Marvel's video site for the series, the movie is listed as "Episode 0".


  • Takuya Yamashiro: Shinji Todō (all episodes)
  • Hitomi Sakuma: Rika Miura (ep. 1-12, 14-15, 17-18, 20-41)
  • Shinko Yamashiro: Izumi Ōyama (ep. 1-39, 41)
  • Takuji Yamashiro: Yoshiharu Yabuki (ep. 1-16, 18-24, 26-27, 29-33, 35-39, 41)
  • Professor Monster: Mitsuo Andō (all episodes)
  • Amazoness: Yukie Kagawa (all episodes)
  • Garia:Toshiaki Nishizawa (ep. 1-2)
  • Dr. Hiroshi Yamashiro: Fuyuki Murakami (ep. 1)
  • Jūzō Mamiya: Noboru Nakaya (Movie, ep. 11-12, 14)
  • Rita: Rie Rinehart (ep. 35-41)
  • Bella: Tina Margo (ep. 35-38), Wanita Somaborudo (ep. 39-41)
  • Narrator: Tōru Ōhira (all episodes)
  • Spider-Man's suit actor: Hirofumi Koga (all episodes), Ryusuke Sakitsu (ep. 17, 18)
  • Voice of various Machine BEMs: Shōzō Iizuka (ep. 1-7, 13-21, 26, 28-38, Movie)
  • Voice of various Machine BEMs: Hisako Kyōda (ep. 8, 23)
  • Voice of various Machine BEMs: Shin Aomori (ep. 24-25)


  • Producer: Susumu Yoshikawa (Toei), Hiroshi Ishikawa (Tokyo Channel 12)
  • Creator: Saburo Yatsude (based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man)
  • Manga adaptations serialized in: Terebi Magazine, Otomodachi, Tanoshii Yōchien, Terebi Land, Bōken-ō
  • Music composer: Michiaki Watanabe
    • Music producer: Andante
    • Music performers: Colombia Percussion Ensemble (catalog number: Columbia Record CQ-7010)
  • Character designer: Kikakusha 104, Muneo Kubo
  • Costume production: Ekisu Production
  • Screenplays: Shōzō Uehara, Susumu Takaku, Kuniaki Oshikawa, Hirohisa Soda, Mikio Matsushita
  • Directors: Kōichi Takemoto, Katsuhiko Taguchi, Takaharu Saeki, Kimio Hirayama, Hideo Tanaka, Yoshiakia Kobayashi
  • Stunt Coordinators: Osamu Kaneda, Junji Yamaoki (Japan Action Club)
  • Special Effects Director: Nobuo Yajima (uncredited in the show)
  • Assistant Directors: Masao Minowa and others
  • Producing Companies: Toei, Toei Advertising, Tokyo Channel 12

Theme songsEdit

Opening theme
Ending theme
  • "Chikai no Ballade" (誓いのバラードChikai no Barādo?, The Oath's Ballade)
    • Lyrics: Saburo Yatsude
    • Composition & Arrangement: Chumei Watanabe
    • Artist: Yuki Hide


Because of the aforementioned licensing deal between Toei and Marvel, Toei cannot use the Spider-Man character, nor reprint any photographs or illustrations of the character from the series without paying licensing fees to Marvel. On the other hand, characters and other elements exclusive to Toei's television series (such as the villains and the giant robot Leopardon), are exempt from these legal issues, as these were creations of Toei.

As a result, only a single VHS collection of episodes (which featured episodes 1, 31, and the movie) was released in Japan during the 1980s, and reprints of the official soundtrack had the original cover on the jacket replaced with an image of Leopardon. The rest of the series was unavailable on home video for a long period. The 1995 superhero guidebookChōjin Gahō (超人画報The Super Heroes Chronicle?) (published by Takeshobo) was the last time Toei was allowed to officially publish a photograph of Spider-Man. In every official book and source published afterward, Toei was allowed to cover their Spider-Man television series, but they were not allowed to republish photographs of Spider-Man himself.

In 2004, Toei began renegotiating with Marvel for the rights to release the series on DVD in Japan. The Region 2 DVD Box set was released on December 9, 2005, and included all 41 episodes and the movie on seven discs, as well as a booklet which republished every publicity still Toei shot for the series that included Spider-Man. Later, on July 2006, Bandai released a series of toys related to the Toei's Spider-Man TV series, such as the Soul of Chogokin GX-33 Leopardon toy robot (with a Spider-Man figure included), the "Soul of Soft Vinyl" Spider-Man action figure, and a Popynica Spider-Machine GP-7 toy car. However, Toei has advertised the DVD set as the first and last time they will re-release the series, and as a result Toei's Spider-Man movie was excluded in the Toei Tokusatsu Hero: The Movie Box set.

On March 5, 2009, Marvel began broadcasting the series to an international audience for the first time ever on their official video streaming website. A different episode (including the movie version) was uploaded every week until the entire was available on December 17 of the same year. These episodes are shown in their original Japanese audio with English subtitles.