Spider-Man Episode 35- “The Mummified Beauties of the Uncharted Amazon”
Originally Aired: January 17, 1979
It looks like Professor Monster is trading up from Amazoness, as he steals two mummified bodies from a museum for his own sick experiments. A boy accidentally stumbles on to this scheme and it’s up to Spider-Man to save him. Can our hero do it, especially with the new recruits of the Iron Cross Army on his tail?
It’s nighttime as a gang of Ninders rappel up into a museum to steal two mummies. These aren’t your typical Egyptian mummies, they are on loan to Towa University’s antiquities research laboratory from the Brazilian Government! The two preserved specimens were found deep in the Amazon, and scientists are surprised at how well they’ve been preserved, especially with their white wrapping. What does the ICA want with them, especially since their value isn’t that much in the black market?
Takuya learns about the theft the next morning, as Takuji and Shinko have their breakfast. He feels their is something odd about the theft and heads to the university to investigate, or at least bother his girlfriend on the job.
At the Iron Cross Army laboratory, Professor Monster does a cursory examination of these Amazonian mummies, much to the chagrin of his second-in-command, Amazoness. He even has the audacity to call them beauties right to her face. (Nice subtlety, Monster.) He reveals that the mummies are actually 10 MILLION YEARS OLD!, an impressive feat, considering homo sapien is only a few hundred thousand. The surgery begins and their awakening from such a long beauty sleep in imminent.
In another day, a boy with pork chop hair like Sam Winchester walks in a field. A trio of kids are close behind, intending to prank the boy. Come on, having hair like that is punishment enough! They scare him while wearing gorilla masks, forcing the boy to run to the nearest police station. This gets the attention of not only the town police, but apparently the prefecture’s, as suited detectives are also in the search. The boy get a stern rebuke, and the three brats who did this make things worse by telling the officer that he’s a coward.
Later on, Shinichi Terada chases his paper plane and it lands in the grounds of a Western-style house. He peers into a grate and sees two coffins, like one in Dracula. Anybody who’s even seen a Hammer flick would recognize the telltale sign of a vampire. The doors open to reveal two women, one Asian and one White. Either Professor Monster gave those mummies new skin, or those 10 million year old beings are not even close to human. Yikes! This scares the boy, running all the way back to the police station to report what he saw. The officer is tired of the wolf-crying, so the kid turns on his ham radio calling for help. At that moment, Takuya, who is searching for Interpol signals, hears the call and heads for Minami Shinmachi.
Spider-Man arrives in the neighborhood, and is taken by Shinichi to where the coffins are held. Meanwhile, Amazoness admires her boss’s handiwork, as nobody would recognize these two mummies. Our hero arrives, oblivious to the trap his arch-nemesis has laid out for him. He arrives in the basement where the coffins are held, with the two mummies dressed as nuns are finally awakening after their 10 million year sleep. Spidey foolishly thinks they’re two victims of the Iron Cross and leads them out. Upstairs, the Machine Bem Tiger Pump has been dispatched to finished off our hero.
Spider-Man rendezvouses with the boy, and suddenly the nuns disappear, with the sound of two girls laughing maliciously. Arrows are shot at them, and the female warriors of the Amazon, Bella and Rita appear. They chase Spider-Man through the woods, making me wish Kamen Rider Amazon were here to help him. Their assault is quite relentless, leaving no chance for our hero to fully run from their combined arrow and machine gun assault. He eventually gets shot in the leg, and retreats further. If only he could get his flying car now…
Spidey runs into the grassy field, trying to keep it together. It’s further complicated with Tiger Pump and an attachment chasing him. He falls into a ditch, and stays quiet long enough for his wound to heal. He sees Shinichi not to far away, and they reunite. The lad refused to run away, and tells Spider-Man that he’ll create a distraction for him leaving him an opening. Shinichi runs, and our hero is shocked by this act of bravery, and runs after the kid, hoping to stop his recklessness.
The Ninders chase the boy into a quarry, where Amazoness and her new assistants wait, weapons ready. Just as they fire at Shinichi, a man who saw hope in the courage of the boy arrives in the GP-7, firing its machine guns at the enemy. The battle begins, as our spandexed hero has to contend with not only Ninders but the Amazonian Warriors’ weaponry.
At the end of the episode, Shinichi learns the meaning of true bravery, and Spider-Man will have to contend with two deadly new foes.