Watch Supaidāman, the 1970s Japanese live action Spiderman

Supaidāman (スパイダーマン) aired in Japan for one season from 1978-1979. Spider's suit is familiar, but in this series his main power is that he, um, pilots a transforming robot named Leopardon. From Wikipedia:

Although the show's story was criticized for bearing almost no resemblance to the Marvel version, the staff at Marvel Comics, including Spider-Man's co-creator Stan Lee, praised the show for its special effects and stunt work, especially the spider-like movement of the character himself.[5] While it is said that Marvel initially opposed the addition of Leopardon, the robot was viewed as a necessary gimmick to attract younger viewers and was ultimately kept. The show's mechanical designer, Katsushi Murakami (a toy designer at the time), expressed concern about Toei's capability to market Spider-Man to Japanese audiences and was given permission by producer Yoshinori Watanabe to take whatever liberties he deemed necessary. Murakami came up with the idea of giving Spider-Man an extraterrestrial origin, as well as a spider-like spacecraft that could transform into a giant robot (due to the popularity of the giant robot shows in Japan at the time).

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Twinsies! Wonder Woman and her stunt double (c.1975)

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Lynda Carter, the Wonder Woman of 1970s television, with stunt double Jeannie Epper. If you're not hip to the only screen Wonder Woman that matters, watch the original title sequence below.

In your satin tights, Fighting for your rights And the old Red, White and Blue.

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These are the new Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers' suits

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No spandex in the Power Rangers reboot coming to theaters next March.

“It’s tricky finding a new language for a superhero costume,” production designer Andrew Menzies (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) told Entertainment Weekly. “Ours is an alien costume that grows on them, that’s not man-made. You can’t win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans.”

Below, the title sequence from the 1993 television show:

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See the evolution of Superman

George Reeves remains my fave.

Previously: The Evolution of Batman.

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Watch Batman evolve over 70 years

Adam West still wins.

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See Spiderman in the new Captain America: Civil War trailer

I like how cartoony Spidey looks but he's got nothing on his late-1970s predecessor seen below.

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George Barris, creator of the original Batmobile and many other iconic TV cars, has died

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Comic Book Resources broke the sad news today that the great car customizer George Barris, who created the Batmobile for the 1966 "Batman" TV series, has passed away.

Barris died early this morning at his home. He was 89 years old.

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Fantastic marching band performance of superhero formations

This week, Michigan State University's Spartan Marching Band paid tribute to Marvel superheroes.

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Western superheroes as Malaysian puppet art

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I have no idea what this thread on a Malay web forum is all about, but the depictions of Western superheroes as Wayang Kulit shadow puppets are incredible. It's the work of Fusion Wayang Kulit, per photos in the thread: here's their Facebook page.

Our objective is to revive this Malaysia traditional culture by merging it with fusion element & enhancing it with various multimedia components.

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Mattel hired women to design these action figures for girls

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The DC SuperHero Girls line is aimed at 6-year-olds and the look great. Mattel designer Christine Kim says the action figures are were designed by women for girls, not by men for boys. Read the rest

Create 12 different action-packed comic books with The Superhero Comic Kit

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See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Calling this book a “kit” might be an exaggeration, but The Superhero Comic Kit does pack a lot of fun into its inviting, oversized pages. The front section has instructions on how to draw various superheroes and villains, as well as how to draw sound effects (yes, there’s a way to draw the sounds that bring superhero comics to life!). Then comes the exciting part where you get to make your own 8-page comic books out of the characters you just learned how to draw, with some prompts to help get your creative fuel pumping. Once you’ve completed one of your stories (there are 12 in total), you can pull it out of the book, fold the pages along the fold lines, and assemble your unique comic book before showing it to the world. The back of the book has two pages of stickers – sound effects and superheroes/villains – to embellish your work. This is a great gift for any creative kid who likes to draw and make up stories.

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Zeroes: it sucks to be a teen, even with powers

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Scott Westerfeld's YA canon is huge and varied, from the Uglies books to the excellent vampire parasitology book Peeps to the dieselpunk Clankers trilogy, and the new one, Zeroes, breaks new ground still: it's a collaboration with Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti about teens with powers.

How to make a Man of Steel burger, and other superhero recipes

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Fans of DC Comics greats like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash will love this superhero recipe book full of more than 50 fun snacks, meals, desserts, etc. Enjoy tons of easy-to-make themed treats like Batarang Crackers and the Boy Wonder BLT. Each dish is photographed in a fun way with various action figures or cut-outs to represent the characters. This book would come in handy for any birthday or theme party. There are even stencils and cut-outs included in the book to help you along your way. I tried a few of these and found them super easy to make, even though I'm a bit of a novice in the kitchen. One such success that I had was with the Plastic Man Cheesy Fettuccine. The recipe was simple enough, with a sauté of red and yellow peppers, shredded string cheese and pasta. My kids couldn't get enough of it – superheros to the rescue! – Matt MacNabb

Official DC Super Hero Cookbook by Matthew Mead Downtown Bookworks 2013, 128 pages, 8 x 9.2 x 1 inches $13 Buy one on Amazon

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Superhero portraits in the style of Dutch masters

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Parisian photographer Jackie Tadeoni Sacha Goldberger created this wonderful series of superheroes (and Snow White!) as subjects of Baroque Flemish portraits. Read the rest

Where to get that “Bruce Lee as a DJ” t-shirt Tony Stark wore in “Avengers”

Robert Downey wore it well as Tony Stark in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and you will, too. Read the rest

WATCH: Fantastic Four as a direct-to-VHS trailer

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The fine folks at Vulture took clips from the doomed Roger Corman Fantastic Four and made a retro-style trailer. ICYMI, here's what they're parodying: Read the rest

Classic superhero bodies photoshopped for believability

I love the "reverse Photoshopping" of these comics -- digitally adding normal physiques -- as performed by Bulemia.com. The group says it wants to call attention to bodies so far out line with those of most Americans.

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