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Spider-Man J
スパイダーマン J
Genre Action, Adventure
Manga
Author Yamanaka Akira
Publisher Kodansha
English publisher United States Marvel Comics
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comic Bom Bom
Original run November 9, 2004May 11, 2005
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Spider-Man J (スパイダーマンJ Supaidāman J ?) is a manga by Yamanaka Akira. It ran in the shōnen magazine, Comic Bom Bom, from November 9, 2004 to May 11, 2005. The manga is no way connected to Ryoichi Ikegami's Spider-Man: The Manga.

Contents

Plot

In the year 200X, a super-villain who goes by the name Lord Gokibu wants to steal the fossil of The Insect King[1], 15 year-old Sho Amano uses his new Spider Powers to become Spider-Man J, to prevent this from happening. During his time as a superhero, he meets Japanese versions of Elektra, Dr. Doom, Blade, and The Fantastic Four.

Characters

Sho Amano Sho Amano (天野翔 Shō Amanō ?) is a 15 year old boy with the paranormal abilities of a Spider. He keeps his identity as Spider-Man J a secret, fearing his family or friends might get hurt. The only person who knows Sho is Spider-Man J is Detective Makoto. He specializes in a number of weapons that he creates using his web-shooters. He is shy and clumsy, and barely has any friends. He has 3 pets, a cat named Leo a dog named Par and a bird named Don, a nod to Toei's Spider-Man Show, where Spider-Man had a giant robot named Leopardon. In the english version, he's known as Peter Parker.

Makoto Makoto ( Mākōtō ?) is a detective who became a cop because he wanted to protect people. He has a goofy sense of humor, but has a good heart and believes in justice. In the english version, he's known as Detective Flynn.

Mami Amano Mami Amano (天野真美 Māmi Amanō ?) is Sho's young, happy go-lucky aunt. She loves Sho like he's her own son, and is overprotective of him. She owns her own dress shop. She's quite relaxed, and is known for her spicy curry.[2] In the english version, she's known as Aunt May.

Megumi Megumi (めぐみ Megumi ?) is Sho Amano's classmate and girlfriend. She's a tomboy, and is very careful for everyone, especially Sho, whom she's madly in love with. In the english version, she's known as Jane-Marie.

Densuke is Sho's classmate and friend. He is a fan of Spider-Man J and Comic Bom Bom, judgeing by his shirt that reads "Bom".[2] In the english version, he's known as Harold Osborn

Lord Gokibu Lord Gokibu (ゴキブ・リーダー Ou Gobiku ?) is the main villain of the Manga. Not much is known about him, or his past. In the english version, he's known as Lord Beastius.

Reception

When the Manga came out in Japan, it enjoyed a loyal fanbase of otakus.[2] However, the response from American Fans was mixed, some postive, some negative[3]

Publishing History

The Manga was translated into english in Spider-Man Family, starting in issue 1, volume 2.[4] and has been released also in 2 English Sized Tankōbon, called "Digests" by Marvel Comics. The 1st Volume was called "Japanese Knights", while the 2nd was called "Japanese Daze".

References

  1. ^ [1] Retrieved 2009-6-2.
  2. ^ a b c Yamanaka, Akira; Yuko Fukami. "The Bigger They Are...". in Jordan White. Spider-Man J: Japanese Knights (1st Edition ed.). New York, New York: Marvel Comics. ISBN 9780785132127.  
  3. ^ [2] Retrieved 2009-6-2.
  4. ^ [3] Retrieved 2009-6-2.
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