Spider-Man: The Manga
The cover of the first volume
|Written by||Kōsei Ono
|Illustrated by||Ryoichi Ikegami|
|Magazine||Monthly Shōnen Magazine|
|Original run||January 1970 – September 1971|
Spider-Man: The Manga is a Japanese manga illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami which retold the story of Spider-Man in a Japanese setting. It was originally published in Japan from January 1970 to September 1971 in Monthly Shōnen Magazine.
A junior high school student named Yu Komori (小森ユウ Komori Yuu?) is bitten by a radioactive spider, which gave him spider-like powers like the U.S. Spider-Man, Peter Parker. Yu faces Japanese versions of villains such as Electro, the Lizard, and the Kangaroo. The series also featured counterparts of Aunt May, named "Mei", and J. Jonah Jameson, who is the publisher of the newspaper Yu works at.
Initially, Kōsei Ono wrote the stories. On completion of the sixth story, Kazumasa Hirai became the writer. Ikegami continued to provide the art. The first few stories featured analogues to several of Spider-Man's villains and supporting cast, while maintaining an altogether more moody atmosphere. The later Hirai-written stories deviated further from the source material and included scenes of sexual and gruesome imagery of a kind not seen in the original U.S. Spider-Man comics. The later stories involved less comedy, were more dramatic, and had more realistic art, reflecting Ikegami's later style.
The books were reprinted in their original format, with the original Japanese text, in 1974,1976,1996 and 2006. The covers were updated, with the first three reprints to feature a picture of Spider-Man holding a flower. This image was originally a foldout 1971 calendar included with the original monthly printings. A number on a bottom-left of the cover indicated the story arc reprinted within.
The English-language version of the series was reprinted by Marvel Comics across thirty-one issues from December 1997 to April 1999. Eight out of the thirteen Japanese stories in total were fully translated, with several edits to remove some of the violent scenes. The final issue, #31, began the translation of the ninth story and was left incomplete due to the title's cancellation.
- "The Birth of Spider-Man" (reprinted in Spider-Man: The Manga #1-3)
- "The Transformation of Doctor Inumaru" (reprinted in Spider-Man: The Manga #4-6)
- "Too Strong a Hero" (reprinted in Spider-Man: The Manga #7-9)
- "The False Spider-Man" (reprinted in Spider-Man: The Manga #10-15)
- "Yu Under Suspicion" (reprinted in Spider-Man: The Manga #16-18)
- "Summer of Insanity" (reprinted Spider-Man: The Manga #19-21)
- "What is My Destination!"
- "Woman of Winter" (reprinted in Spider-Man: The Manga #22-24)
- "Strangers" (reprinted in Spider-Man: The Manga #31)
- "The Mania Demon"
- "Shadow of Spider-Man" (reprinted in Spider-Man: The Manga #25-30)
- "Witch of the Golden Eye"
- "The Woman Who Raises the Tiger"
In other media
- Spider-Man: The Manga is now considered canon in the Marvel Multiverse, and is designated as having taken place on Earth-70091. During the Spider-Verse crossover, Yu is explicitly named as one of several Japanese Spider-Men taking part in the final battle against Morlun and the Inheritors.
- SpiderFan.org - Comics : Spider-Man: The Manga : #1-#25
- Spider-Man: The Manga (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia