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Spider-Man - Strange Tales from the Past - The Cursed Cat Grave / episode 8

Japan 1978
produced by
Toru Hirayama, Susumu Yoshikawa for Toei
directed by Koichi Takemoto
starring Shinji Toudou, Mitsuo Ando, Izumi Oyama, Rika Miura, Yukie Kagawa
written by Shozo Uehara, based on the Marvel Comics-character Spider-Man created by Stan Lee (writer), Steve Ditko (artist)

TV-series
Spider-Man, Japanese Spider-Man

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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This time around, the Iron Cross Army steal the bones of a cat demon from its grave to turn it into a new Machine Bem (~ robot). Spider-Man (Shinji Todou) is on the spot from square 1 though because in his everyday iodentity as bike-racer Takuya, he has taken his reporter girlfriend Hitomi (Rika Miura) to an old lady who claims she can speak with cats for an interview. And this old lady just happens to be the guardian of the cat demon's tomb.

So as Spider-Man, Takuya manages to save a girl from being killed by the cat demon Machine Bem, while the old lady starts an incantation to put the cat demon back to sleep ... but is only killed by the Iron Cross Army for her efforts before she can finish the incantation. On top of that, Takuya is injured while fighting the Machine Bem, and the poison from its cat claws almost kills him. Only the spider blood in his veins ultimately keeps him alive.

Once back to full strength, Spider-Man returns to the old lady's place and finishes her incantation - which totally drives the Machine Bem bonkers, to a point where he grows to gigantic size and threatens to smash everything - but luckily, Spider-Man has his giant robot Marveller/Leopardon which he pilots to fight, defeat and destroy the cat demon Machine Bem.

 

This episode of Spider-Man, a rare excursion into the horror genre, has its atmospheric moments ... but of course the atmosphere is quickly destroyed once one gets a good look at the cat demon Machine Bem, once Spider-Man leaps into action, and once the Machine Bem fights Spidey's robot. Of course though, these are exactly the moments of camp that make the series as a whole so funny ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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