Super Giant

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Super Giant
Super Giant in Super Giant Continues
Alternate names Super Giants, Starman, Superman*, Spaceman*
Subtitle(s) The Giant of Steel
(鋼鉄の巨人,   Kōtetsu no Kyojin)
Species Steel Humanoid
Enemies Alien Kapia, Space MutantsSMA
Written by Ichiro Miyagawa
Played by Ken Utsui
First appearance Latest appearance
Super Giant Super Giant Continues: The Poison Moth Kingdom

Super Giant (スーパージャイアンツ,   Sūpā Jaiantsu, lit. Super Giants), given the civilian name Ippei Ohga (大賀 一平,   Ōga Ippei), is a steel kaijin created by Shintoho that first appeared in the 1957 Shintoho film, Super Giant.

Name[edit | edit source]

Super Giant's Japanese name Sūpā Jaiantsu (スーパージャイアンツ), which translates to Super Giants, drew inspiration from the Yomiuri Giants, a professional baseball team, which Shintoho president, Mitsugu Okura was allegedly a big fan of.[1] The English name "Starman" comes from Walter Manley Enterprises and Medallion Films four American television films, but his official English name "Super Giant" is likely given to the character through books and video releases. Super Giant is also known in the Eastern Hemisphere as "Spaceman" and "Superman".

Design[edit | edit source]

Super Giant wears a silver cape, a white costume with a black belt, golden gloves and boots and an antenna on the top of his head. Overall, Super Giant resembles the Phantom and Superman.

Origins[edit | edit source]

Super Giant was created from the strongest known steel by the Peace Council from the Emerald Planet. He was created for the purpose of destroying all evil in the universe.

History[edit | edit source]

Showa era[edit | edit source]

Super Giant[edit | edit source]

Super Giant in Super Giant

The humanoid hero Super Giant appears on Earth to protect it from foreign terrorists, attempting to destroy the planet with an atomic bomb.

Super Giant Continues[edit | edit source]

Super Giant in Super Giant Continues

Super Giant continues his battle with the foreign terrorists and is ultimately framed for murder.

Super Giant: The Mysterious Spacemen's Demonic Castle[edit | edit source]

Super Giant appears on Earth once more, this time to prevent the malevolent Kapia aliens from conquering it.

Super Giant: Earth on the Verge of Destruction[edit | edit source]

Super Giant's battle with the Alien Kapia continues, as they deploy a mysterious witch to terrorize children and summon their almighty leader to alter Earth's rotation.

Super Giant: The Artificial Satellite and the Destruction of Humanity[edit | edit source]

After pursuing a Nazi-like terrorist army that operates within a giant satellite in space and is armed with superweapons capable of the destruction of entire cities, Super Giant is presumed dead.

Super Giant: The Spaceship and the Clash of the Artificial Satellite[edit | edit source]

Super Giant reveals himself to be still alive and breaks into the giant satellite, beginning a long and rigorous battle.

Super Giant: The Space Mutant Appears[edit | edit source]

Super Giant engages in battle with the brain of an alien creature, kept alive by a mad scientist with the aid of an evil alien army.

Super Giant Continues: The Devil's Incarnation[edit | edit source]

Super Giant appears on Earth yet again to fend off a mad scientist and his successful revival of his daughter through science and sorcery, which also transforms her into a murderous witch.

Super Giant Continues: The Poison Moth Kingdom[edit | edit source]

Super Giant fights against an Arab terrorist army that plans to assassinate its nation's Islamic prince for his riches.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Resilience[edit | edit source]

Super Giant is virtually indestructible.

Globe-Meter[edit | edit source]

Super Giant wears a device on his wrist known as the "Globe-Meter". It enables him with the abilities of:

Flight[edit | edit source]

With the Globe-Meter, Super Giant is capable of flight, including through space.

Radiation Detection[edit | edit source]

If need be, Super Giant can detect traces of radiation using his Globe-Meter.

Multilingualism[edit | edit source]

Super Giant is granted the ability of multilingualism, the ability to speak and understand several different languages, with his Globe-Meter.

Disguising[edit | edit source]

The Globe-Meter allows for Super Giant to disguise himself as an Earthling to blend in among them.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Comics[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Super Giant/Gallery.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Super Giant was the first-ever Japanese superhero in films, preceded by the Golden Bat, who was the first-ever Japanese superhero in the theater, and succeeded by Moonlight Mask, who was the first-ever Japanese superhero on television.
  • According to Teruo Ishii, who directed the first six Super Giant films, Ken Utsui was embarrassed by the Super Giant costume and did not like to talk about the series later in his career.[2]
  • In 1959 manga artists Masamichi Yokoyama, Tatsuo Yoshida, Jiro Kuwata and Daiji Kazumine published a series of comics based on the Super Giant series for Kodansha's manga magazine Bokura.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Super Giant. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 60s Showa Tokusatsu Heros Revived. Cosmic Publishing. 5 December 2013. pp. 14–15. ISBN 978-4-7747-5853-4.
  2. Stuart Galbraith IV (1998). Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo! The Incredible World of Japanese Fantasy Films. Feral House. p. 68.
  3. スーパージャイアンツ - Wikipedia.

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