Produced by Toei and broadcast in Japan via Tokyo Channel 12, between 1978 and 1979, Supaidāman (スパイダーマン) is a live-action television show based on Spider-Man. The series comprises 41 episodes – each running around 24 minutes in length – as well as one movie.
The movie – which is short and also has a running time of around 24 minutes – was released in 1978 under the title of Supaidāman (or Spider-Man). This film is often referred to by Western audiences as Spider-Man (1978) or Spider-Man ’78.
I have written a post which goes into more details about the Japanese Spider-Man series, so if you would like to read more about this then check out: ‘What is the Japanese Spider-Man movie & series?’. This post will provide you with further information about what the show and the movie are about.
However, if you are simply looking for details about the viewing order for the Japanese Spider-Man show, then stick with this post and I will run through it with you.
Should you want to watch the entire series of Supaidāman, as well as the movie, then you will need to know where the film fits into the series. In essence, the film is another episode of the television show, however it is sometimes listed as appearing before the series and sometimes after.
Chronologically, the movie takes place after the events of episode 10 – To the Flaming Hell – See the Tears of the Snake Woman and before episode 11 – Professor Monster’s Ultra Poisoning. So, if you wish to watch the Supaidāman series and the movie in order you should use the episode guide below.
The Supaidāman series
- 1 The Time of Revenge Has Come! Beat Down Iron Cross Group!!
- 2 Mysterious World! The Man Who Follows His Fate
- 3 Mysterious Thief 001 vs. Spider-Man
- 4 The Terrifying Half Merman! The Miracle-Calling Silver Thread
- 5 Crash Machine GP-7! The Oath Siblings
- 6 Shuddering Laboratory! Devilish Professor Monster
- 7 Fearful Hit Tune! Song Dancing Murder Rock
- 8 Very Mysterious Folktale – The Cursed Cat Mound
- 9 Motion Accessory is a Loveful Beetle Insect Spy
- 10 To The Flaming Hell – See the Tears of the Snake Woman
- *Supaidāman – Aka Spider-Man (1978)
- 11 Professor Monster’s Ultra Poisoning
- 12 Becoming Splendid – To the Murderous Machine of Transformation
- 13 The Skull Group vs. The Devilish Hearse
- 14 Giving Father! Fight to the Song of the Hero
- 15 The Life of Our Arrangement
- 16 Fine Dog! Run to the Under of Father
- 17 Pro Wrestler Samson’s Tears
- 18 In the Mother’s Chest – Resurrect the Young Boys
- 19 The Boy Phantom – To the Villageless Map
- 20 Riddle – Calling the Riddle of My Secret Birth
- 21 Fall to the Great Skies – Father’s Love
- 22 Shredding Tears to the Dark Fate – Father and Child
- 23 To the Love Academy of the Homeless Children
- 24 Cockroach Boy – Great War
- 25 Treasure, Dog, and Double Grow Human
- 26 To the Absolute Crisis – The Imitation Hero
- 27 Farewell War Buddy – Beloved German Shepherd
- 28 The Front of the Alley – Boys’ Detective Group
- 29 Hurry, GP-7 – Time of Stop Sign
- 30 Good Luck, Beautiful Police Officer
- 31 There is No Child-Taking Detective Tomorrow
- 32 Sweet Whispering Enchantress
- 33 The Boy Teases the Horrible Wild Girl
- 34 Surprising Camera – Murderous Event
- 35 From the Unexplored Amazon – Here Comes the Mummified Beautiful Woman
- 36 The Onion Silver Mask and the Boys’ Detective Group
- 37 From the Secret Messenger of Hell – Great King Enma
- 38 The First Tin Plate Evening Star and the Boys’ Detective Group
- 39 Sports World – One Great Meeting
- 40 Farewell Zero Battle Tricks
- 41 The Hero’s Shining Hot Blood
*As you can see from the list above, I have placed Spider-Man ‘78 between episodes 10 & 11 in my episode guide, but I have not numbered it. So, while the list includes 41 numbers, there are actually 42 entries overall.
If you are working your way through all of the episodes of the Japanese Spider-Man television series, have fun. It is a very different take on Spider-Man than you will see in comics or in Western films, but it is very much a part of the Spidey mythology.
Should you wish to know more about Spider-Man movies, then please take a look at one of the recommended reading posts below. Alternatively, take a look at my post ‘Can the Spider-Man movies be watched in any order?’.