Dylann had poor social skills, but he had one other friend named Jack Chandler. Jack died in a car wreck on November 14, 2013. Jack was a skateboarder too. He and Dylann had been friends since elementary school.
Riverdale’s Harvest Festival is a time honored tradition in the town, celebrating the upcoming blessings that the crops would bring the residents. This year, however, family drama and surprise appearances made things tense until a gunshot climaxed the evening. Now Malcom Meeks, a high school teacher, is dead and everyone is pointing fingers.
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What do you think of the Japanese Spider-Man series?
I love it! No, seriously I love it as not just an important piece in the evolution of tokusatsu into what we have today but as a strange, mirror image of something decidedly American translated for a Japanese audience.
Instead of a meek High School geek named Peter Parker, our Japanese Spiderman starts out as a motorcycle racer named Takuya Yamashiro. This played into Toei’s strengths as the Kamen Rider franchise had shown they could do some pretty impressive motorcycle stunts and made the character more appealing to the kids of 1970s Japan.
The radioactive spider bite origin was tossed out as well with Takuya getting his powers from an alien race from the planet Spider. They also gifted him with a car called the Spider Machine GP-7:
And a giant robot called Leopardon:
This aspect would be the most popular of the show, allowing Bandai to sell toys based on the robot and turn a pretty healthy profit. Giant Robots were all the rage at the time in Japan with Toei ruling the roost thanks to their animated offerings like Mazinger Z, Getter Robo and Grendaizer. Being able to merge that success with their already profitable live action division would create a template from which modern Super Sentai would grow starting with 1979′s Battle Fever J.
Now, not everything about the Japanese version of Spider-Man would be unfamiliar to American fans. He still retained mostly the same costume.
And most of the powers including wall-crawling, his spider sense and most importantly, web-shooting thanks to the bracelet on his arm that functions as both a web shooter and a communication device.
The wall-crawling effects in particular are actually very well realized, especially when compared to the American live action Spider-Man series produced around the same time. I would even say that the Japanese version was better in almost every aspect with more exciting adventures, better stunt work (courtesy of Sonny Chiba’s Japan Action Club) and more interesting plots.
While the American show was trying not to violate the audience’s suspension of disbelief (or their meager budget) and toned down the wild aspects of the comics, the Japanese version was going all out to create wild spectacles and colorful monsters.
Chief among these enemies is the series’ big bad, Professor Monster who looks like an early version of Doctor Doom.
He is responsible for the evil organization the Iron Cross Army and creates the Machine BEM monsters each week. His chief underling is Amazoness, played by Yukie Kagawa who would later go one to play the very similar Amazon Killer in Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan 4 years later.
So yeah, I adore Japanese Spider-Man for being just similar enough to please my comic fanboy heart and so utterly tokusatsu that it makes me grin watching it. Just check out the OP!
Heck, the series was influential and popular enough that Marvel Comics in the US actually canonized it as one of the alternate universes in their recent Spider-Verse storyline!
Now, if you are interested in seeing this show for yourself I know of two ways to do it. Marvel’s own website streams the series here. If you own a Roku player there is also a free streaming channel called Cape Television devoted to superhero programming that has the entire series to watch. I highly recommend it!
Hey, can you really live with yourself to miss the backstory behind this?
I've always wondered why it seems that 2nd violins are always so quiet and meek... In high school our 2nds were sad garbage w the exception of like 3 people, while all the powerhouses (like myself >:D) were in 1st. I wonder what's up with that?
right. ok so. In string repertoire, the first part often has higher/more notes. You may have noticed. So more advanced players (at a a young age) tend to gravitate that way. However, I have always preferred playing second (I find it more musically rewarding a lot of the time), and am now a professional violinist who plays both 1st and 2nd in orchestras and my quartet to the best of my ability. Try to focus your energy on finding ways you can be more well-rounded as a musician rather than wondering why no one is as good as you.
(I publish this because I want to encourage confidence and pride in your craft, but discourage dismissing others who are in earlier stages of development - we were all terrible once!!)
The Evolution of Walter White with a gun in his face
Brought together by Breaking Bad fans on Reddit, the images show Walter’s transformation from meek school teacher to hardened criminal, his response to impending death moving through the seasons from panic to calmness and finally, a snigger.