Sunday, September 13, 2009
The X-Men's Karaoke Cousins
The same development demand for an international superhero team was also delivered to the Marvel offices in Tokyo, where it yielded a vastly different project than the X-Men but one no less historically significant. Because working with Toei, the tiny Marvel Japan office created Battle Fever J!
By the time it was broadcast, Battle Fever J’s heroes were Battle Japan, Battle Kenya, Battle Cossack, Battle France, and Miss America. Every week for 52 thrilling episodes, the team battled the evil machinations of Satan Egos and his Egos Cult as they sought to destroy Japan with an army of giant monsters. In addition to costumes which amplified their natural martial arts skills, the Battle Fever J team had their mystic penta-force weapon and a giant robot: Battle Fever Robo.
And in the end, that, not its connection with X-Men is the true significance of Battle Fever J. Think of the elements: five heroes in similar, but differently colored costumes, each with
amplified martial arts skills, battling giant monsters, and piloting a giant robot.
So, there you have it, how one simple business initiative re-wrote the history of comics and children’s television both here and abroad!
Miss America is copyrighted by Marvel. Battle Fever J is copyrighted Marvel and Toei. Masked Mayhem's text is copyright 2009 by Will Meugniot