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Monday, January 12, 2015

Spider-Verse: Spider-Man J

Spider-Verse is a currently running event in the Spider-Man comics that will involve every* Spider-Man we've ever met, including several Spider-Women and Spider-Girls (not to mention Scarlet Spiders and Spider-Hams and whatnot), and several brand-new versions. The premise is simple: there's a group of people trying to wipe out every Spider character across the multiverse, so all the Spider characters will team up to stop them. This is, of course, a massive event - multimedia even, since it will also feature in the Spider-Man Unlimited video game and the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man - and given the premise, it's only natural that it will add a few entries to this catalog.

*I say "every" because Marvel says "every", but there are a few that won't be showing up, such as Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

Today's entry is Spider-Man J (スパイダーマンJ).

Spider-Man J is a 2004 manga about a 15-year old boy named Sho Amano who gains his spider-powers through supernatural means. His goal is to prevent a villain named Lord Gokibu from stealing the fossil of the Insect King, and the only person who knows his secret identity is a detective named Makoto. Other supporting characters include counterparts to Aunt May, Mary Jane, and Harry Osborn. Sho is shy and doesn't have many friends, but he does have three pets: a cat named Leo, a dog named Par, and a bird named Don. This is a shoutout to the tv show Supaidaman, which featured a robot named Leopardon.

He first appeared in American comics in a cameo in Amazing Spider-Man #9 (October 2014)...

...though his first full appearance was in Amazing Spider-Man #12 (January 2015). I don't know if he shows up anywhere but this group shot, but you can tell it's him by his small stature, his black-and-white costume, and the fact that you can see his pupils through his mask.

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