Spider-Man Episode 36-“The Onion Iron Mask and Youth Detective Club”
Originally Aired: January 31, 1979
Professor Monster calls for the services of the mysterious shape-shifting Dr. Miracle to put an end to Spider-Man once and for all. A youth detective club stumbles upon to this scheme, and our hero has more things to worry about. Will Takuya decide to be stingy and start collecting onions to save on grocery money?
It’s nighttime at the Iron Cross base, where everybody is awaiting the arrival of a meteor. Professor Monster calls for an “ultra close up” to verify its contents, and it appears to be a harlequin mask flying through the skies. It’s Dr. Miracle, and it’s a woman under the mask!
Elsewhere, a kid is awoken by the commotion of the meteorite, as it flashes a ton of energy through the neighborhood, even passing by the Yamashiro household. After a late night snack, the kid goes and investigates this strange occurrence. A masked figure carrying a large bag strolls through the woods, and it’s clear that Monster was right, it is a female (monster of the week!) What’s pretty strange is that she keeps dropping onions.
Dr. Miracle is given a warm welcome, bowing to the head honcho in her human form. She is played by Mitchi Love, the female star of the second Super Sentai, JAKQ Dengekitai. Amazoness is weary of this visitor, especially due to her exuberance that she’ll defeat Spider-Man, and that his boss has hired ANOTHER woman to the ranks. She tells the Ninders in the room to start attacking Dr. Miracle as a test, and our new villain easily finishes them off, complete with red leotard. Taking out a vial and drinking it, Dr. Miracle transforms into Miracle Mask as a show and in preparation of her next task.
The next day, Takuya is dragged by her sister and girlfriend to research the meteorite that fell last night. They find the Man Man Detective Club digging the grounds for any fragments. Takuya finds a piece of red rock, and at the lab, he finds out that it has a titanium composition, instead of the nickel typicaly found in regular meteorites.
Later the kids spy a hooded figure sneaking around and entering the boy’s home, leaving a ton of onions. The Club arrives and they chase after this cepa conferrer, right into the manufacturing district. What exactly does this multi-layered vegetable have to do with this week’s Iron Cross Scheme? Anyway, the kids finally find Miracle Mask, but when trying to take a picture, she doesn’t show up in the Polaroid. Miracle transforms into a gorilla and menaces the poor children, until Spider-Man arrives.
Dr. Miracle shouts that she is an alien from the Planet Miracle (I know, totally creativeless names scriptwriters,) and fights our hero. Spider-Man demands to know what is her plan, but all he gets is Miracle turning into a Spider-Wasp and stinging him. The damn insect stings him for a good 45 seconds before letting go, leaving our hero having to retreat.
Takuya spends the rest of the day in bed, with Shinko not knowing what’s the deal with his sudden sickness. Hitomi barges in, telling him that Dr. Miracle’s trying to steal the Queen’s Necklace, just like Lupin!
Later, Spider-Man goes to the museum to investigate the theft and is met by Detective Kameda and his men. It’s only fifteen minutes until the theft, and our hero is left alone to guard the necklace. The kids arrive, and decide to sneak in though the back door to get a better look of the necklace. They bump into Hitomi, distracting the entire police force from the theft. Kameda stands in the necklace room, but it’s Miracle Mask! Turning into a spider-wasp, the villain stings our hero, making him a puppet of her whims.
Outside, the cops and kids are shocked by this turn of events, watching Dr. Miracle bragging of her success in stealing the necklace and capturing Spider-Man. Headlines around the country all jump to the conclusion that the web-slinger has been working with this disguised adversary. Shinko and Takuji wonder the fate of our hero, though strangely they don’t wonder where the hell has Takuya been all day, if they just got the late edition of the paper.
Later on, the Man Man Detective Club continue their search for Dr. Miracle and her hideout. The smell of onions waft through the air, giving them a clue on where to go. They reach a clearing in the forest, but have lost the scent. One of the kids remarks they got lost, until Amazoness and her subordinates drive by in a jeep. The kids hide and follow the vehicle even further into the wild, finding an abandoned Western style house.
Amazoness approaches the wheelchair-bound Spider-Man, but before she can unmask him, Dr. Miracle stops her and says that she will have the pleasure of making him suffer instead. Miracle smugly tells Amazoness that she’ll enjoy taking our villianess’s place in the Iron Cross Army once this job is over. Transforming into her Miracle Mask form, she begins to smack the webhead with his umbrella. He tries to get up, knowing that if he doesn’t, the kids will die, but the poison’s effect is just too powerful. Knowing these dire stakes, Spider-Man searches inside of himself for a way to rid himself of the spider-wasp’s poison, and finally does, allowing the kids to escape.
Miracle Mask and some Ninders head outside for a hasty retreat, and the immortal man stops them in their tracks. The fight scene in this abandoned estate begins, as our hero narrowly escapes the assaults of the grunts and the monster of the week. After a particularly nasty fall, Dr. Miracle calls for Amazoness’s help, but she is rebuked and is forced to run away, through the underpass of a bridge. She is thrown to the ground again, taking another fall until she turns into Big Miracle. The Leopardon annihilates this weakling in mere seconds.
Now what did we learn from this episode? Absolutely nothing except the Iron Cross Army’s Earth division is easily stronger than any of Professor Monster’s minions from any other planet.
It’s probably a skippable episode anyway, considering Spider-Man fought Dr. Miracle for a simple reason and that the onions were practically useless except for their medicinal properties. Next episode should be a doozy, the King of the Underworld!