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Superheroes On World Screens$
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Rayna Denison and Rachel Mizsei-Ward

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462340

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462340.001.0001

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American Superheroes in Japanese Hands

American Superheroes in Japanese Hands

Superhero Genre Hybridity as Superhero Systems Collide in Supaidāman

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(p.53) American Superheroes in Japanese Hands
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Superheroes On World Screens
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Rayna Denison

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462340.003.0004

American superheroes have a long transnational history, remade and remediated by filmmakers and television producers around all over the world. This chapter examines the localization process necessary to make Marvel’s Spider-Man into the Japanese live action television hero Supaidāman. In doing so, the Japanese producers stripped back the meaning of this “American” hero and re-imagined Spider-Man as Japanese, indigenizing the character within a complex reciprocal chain of historical influence that ranged from America to Japan and then back again. Therefore, this chapter shows how localising Spider-Man by adapting him into the logic of the tokusatsu (special effects) television genre created a new kind of hybrid, transnational superhero.

Keywords:   Spider-Man, Transnational, Localisation, Tokusatsu genre, Hero series

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