Creeping around the internet this morning, I discovered Marvel.com has been putting old episodes of the Japanese version of Spider-Man online. When I was a kid, there was one VHS of this show at my local Erols Video that I would rent constantly, but as an adult I didn't remember how un-Spider-Man the series was.
Spider-Man doesn't get his powers from a radioactive spider, but from an alien wrist band that holds his spider-suit as well as the controls to a giant robot, you know, so when the villain he's fighting goes skyscraper he can take him out. Power Rangers airing afternoons when I was a child, I can't help but relate the two. The show even has putty like henchmen similar to Power Rangers, but I was surprised to find out that the Spider-Man show predated Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, the show Power Rangers was based on.
Everything about the Tokusatsu genre is incredible, giant monsters, giant robots, race cars, dirt bikes, sun glasses, babes, miniatures and explosions make Japanese action shows so much different from American ones, better, really. With the shows being so similar, the acting, cinematography and the quality of the special effects were what made some of these shows more than silly and weird. Spider-Man's intense villains and short bike stunts are what make it, check it out, Marvel is adding a new episode every few weeks, they're already up to four.