The Japanese tokusatsu version of Spider-Man was a television series produced by Toei Company in 1978, based on Marvel’s superhero of the same name. While Spider-Man’s costume was certainly based on the original, the storyline had nothing to do with the Marvel character. The series had a major impact on other Japanese live-action shows, and in particular the Super Sentai series, by popularizing the use of piloted giant robots to destroy giant monsters
Tōei Company, Limited (東映株式会社) is a Japanese film and television production and distribution corporation. Tōei was a pioneer in the use of character transformation in live-action martial-arts dramas, a technique developed for the Kamen Rider, Devilman and Super Sentai series; the genre currently continues with Kamen Rider and Super Sentai.