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A high-school student named Yu Komori is bitten by a radioactive spider, which gave him spider-like powers. Yu faces Japanese versions of villains such as Electro, the Lizard and the Kangaroo. Yu also has an Aunt May (her name is "Mei"), and the publisher of the Joho newspaper is a counterpart to J. Jonah Jameson.

Only 7 out of the 13 Japanese stories in total were fully translated by Marvel, with heavy edits to remove the violent scenes. After that the title was cancelled, which was a likely decision by Marvel since the stories written by Hirai departed even further from the source material, and included scenes of sexual and gruesome imagery of a kind not seen in the original US Spider-Man comics.


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Spider Man

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v.5 c.13-14 (end) by Hokuto no Gun & HappyScans! (652d ago)
v.4 c.10-12 by Hokuto no Gun & HappyScans! (652d ago)
v.3 c.8-9 by Hokuto no Gun & HappyScans! (652d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete, by Asahi Sonorama in 1976)
5 Volumes (Wideban, by Asahi Sonorama in 1986)
5 Volumes (Reprint, by Asahi Sonorama in 1995)
5 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Media Factory in 2002)
5 Volumes (Reprint, by Media Factory in 2004)

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Average: 6.2 / 10.0 (29 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.62 / 10.0
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Asahi Sonorama (1976, 1986, 1995)
Kodansha (1970)
Media Factory (2002, 2004)

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Really great!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by RabeloRed
May 12th, 2014, 4:16pm
really good , one of the best manga ive ever read , the spider-man is just an excuse to the main character be stronger than the other characters , this manga i s actually a underrated psychological manga! the stories feel like acid trips , the characters are very human , this work remembered me Devilman a lot !

if you dig for mature manga this is definitely a good call .Tho' since it was axed it doesn't have a proper ending
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Not your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man but Spider-Man nonetheless   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wq3
May 19th, 2013, 3:50pm
I liked Spider-Man in both the US version and this manga. I liked the manga so much that ended up finishing everything in a day. I was just that hooked. Though I am not an avid follower of Spider-Man comics, I do know enough of the general outlook that gives me enough confidence to write this review. As you'll gather by other reviews, the manga detracts from the original plot designed by Marvel. This was to be expected; as the franchise grew over the years, several different series branched off, each having variations based off the "standard". Hell, as of this review, there are two main ongoing series that Marvel still currently produces: The Superior Spider-Man and Avenging Spider-Man (not to mention simultaneous spinoffs like Scarlet Spider). There is an infinite amount of directions a writer can go for Spider-Man. New storylines are a must, else it would simply be the same old routine over and over again. Therefore, keep an open mind when reading this.

As for the actual specific content, the first thing to note is the artwork. While the cover image may look badass, the actual storyart is much more modest. As this is an old series, readers of more recent manga might not like the older looking art. For the plot itself, the earlier chapters appear to be made just the way Marvel wanted - create something new with the old design, which is do what most all Spider-Man derivatives attempt to do. The first five chapters followed this idea dutifully with little altercations. A giant blow to the work, however, is the omission of an Uncle Ben figure, which certainly has a significant influence the protagonist's later character development. Otherwise, it's the same spider bite, same costume, same powers, same need to make web-fluid, and same plan to introduce villains to challenge web-slinger. In the order that they appear: Electro, Lizard, Kangaroo, and Mysterio.

It then comes as a surprise that the manga shifts gears and breaks the cycle at chapter 6. From this point on, the story takes a dark turn - one that disagrees with the shounen tag on this series. This is the turning point for readers. I'd say, if you only came here to stroke your nostalgia and partake in shounen themes, don't read further. But, if you're feeling adventurous, appreciate seinen or drama, do go on. These chapters will work like short-stories akin to those of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Though every chapter is like a new "case", there will still be recurring characters. Unfortunately, having read the reviews of others, there are plenty that find fault with this sort of thing.

I maintain the notion that the manga truely does reflect what Spider-Man traditionally was about: a struggle between personal life and the power he holds. Tragedy and hardship are themes embedded in the past, present, and future of Parker/Spider-Man which you'll still, regrettably, find in today's works (read the summary for The Superior Spider-Man). The writer did his homework and did an excellent job in driving home that point - not only for the protagonist's life but the antagonists as well. I can tell much effort was put into character interaction/developement make ought to make up for lack of an underlying master plot. To an extent, it reminded me of Joyce's Dubliners, complete with ubiquitous depression and end-of-the-chapter revelations. There will also be times that you may feel the chapter endings may be rushed. I believe this was done intentionally. There is no proper closure because the stories are meant to leave the reader unsettled to begin with.

All-in-all, I consider this a masterpiece.

... Last updated on May 19th, 2013, 9:13pm
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by That3rdGuy
January 22nd, 2012, 8:58am
If you liked the US version of Spider Man, you wont like this. If you don't like the US version of Spider Man, you wont like this. Overall crap. It had a rushed ending for a reason, it sucked.
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by Laclongquan
October 2nd, 2007, 11:25pm
"the stories written by Hirai departed even further from the source material, and included scenes of sexual and gruesome imagery of a kind not seen in the original US Spider-Man comics"

very interesting and curious. But volume 1 dont have that much of either things.

... Last updated on February 24th, 2012, 11:25pm
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