Thursday, August 27, 2009
Almost all I know about the 1970s tokusatsu TV series THUNDERMASK is contained in the blurry clip from Youtube. It is sourced from a multi-gen VHS tape, which is the best you can do for the show. Confusing rights issues have left it in limbo. That's too bad, as it contains directorial work from Ishiro Honda of Godzilla fame.
Osamu Tezuka is sometimes credited as having a hand in this series. I don't know about that. While he definitely was involved in a manga related to it, I wonder if that was just a paying gig for him. Certainly, August Ragone didn't discuss Tezuka helping create the show when he mentioned him in this blog entry about the series.
It sure looks cool though, doesn't it?