Super Giant

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Super Giant
Super Giant in Super Giant Continues
Alternate names Super Giants, Giant of Steel, Starman, Superman*, Spaceman*
Species Steel Humanoid
Enemies Space MutantsSMA
Written by Ichiro Miyagawa
Played by Ken Utsui
First appearance Latest appearance
Super Giant Super Giant Continues: The Poison Moth Kingdom
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For the 1957 film, see Super Giant (film).

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

Name

In Japanese, this kaijin's name is Sūpā Jaiantsu (スーパージャイアンツ (鋼鉄の巨人)), which translates to Super Giants or Giant of Steel. 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

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

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

Showa era

Super Giant

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

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

Super Giant: The Mysterious Spacemen's Demonic Castle

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

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

After pursuing a Nazi-like terrorist army that operates within a giant satellite in space and 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

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

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

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

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

Abilities

Resilience

Super Giant is virtually indestructible.

Globe-Meter

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

Flight

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

Radiation Detection

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

Multilingualism

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

Disguising

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

Filmography

Gallery

Main article: Super Giant/Gallery.

Trivia

  • 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.[1]
  • 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.[2]

References

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. Stuart Galbraith IV. Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo! The Incredible World of Japanese Fantasy Films. Feral House. p. 68. 1998.
  2. スーパージャイアンツ - Wikipedia.

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