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English Title: The Golden Bat, Original Japanese title: Ôgon batto
Poster ID: CL12215
Category: Movies
Designer: Renato Casaro
Year: 1960s
Actor / Director: Original cast: Shin'ichi ChibaOsamu KobayashiWataru Yamagawa, dir. Hajime Satô. Italian listed cast: Thomas Lee, Deborah Scott, Peter Conway, dir. Terence Marvin Jr.
Film Studio: Toei Tokyo, Manenti Film Sp.A.
Country: Italian
Film Country: Japanese
Approximate Size 79 x 55 inches
Condition: Good
Condition Note: An awesome design, great colors. Would benefit from linenbacking. Has lots of wear in the edges as pictured.
Price: $800

1968 Italian release poster for the live-action Japanese film version of Ōgon Bat, originally starring Sonny Chiba as Dr. Yamatone. Ōgon Bat (Japanese: 黄金 バット, Hepburn: Ōgon Batto, literally Golden Bat), known as Phantaman or Fantomas in various countries outside Japan, is a Japanese superhero created by Suzuki Ichiro and Takeo Nagamatsu in autumn of 1930. Ōgon Bat is considered by some to be the world's first superhero, and is a precursor to later superhero characters such as the Japanese kamishibai character Prince of Gamma (debut early 1930s), and the American comic book characters Superman (debut 1938) and Batman (debut 1939).

The 1968 Italian version of this film was most likely re-edited by the distributors with a re-named director and Americanized names for the actors (Terence Marvin Jr., Peter Conway, Thomas Lee, Deborah Scott), used in the same period for other Japanese genre films like L'astronave fantasma/ Uchū Kaisokusen. (Wikipedia)

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