Drawing Kamen Rider


Vance Capley is drawing Kamen Rider and here’s why:


From Wikipedia: Kamen Rider 1 statue taken outside the Bandai HQ in Tokyo.

FROM WIKIPEDIA- “Kamen Rider (仮面ライダー Kamen Raidā, Masked Rider) is a tokusatsu superhero television series and weekly science fiction manga created by manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori. (The program) debuted on television on April 3, 1971, and ran until February 10, 1973, airing on the Mainichi Broadcasting System and NET TV (now TV Asahi). The manga adaptation was also featured in Shōnen Magazine around the same period. The series has evolved into a franchise with many subsequent annual iterations. The cultural impact of the series in Japan resulted in astronomer Akimasa Nakamura naming two minor planets in honor of the series: 12408 Fujioka, after actor Hiroshi Fujioka, known for his portrayal of Takeshi Hongo/Kamen Rider 1, and 12796 Kamenrider, after the series itself.”


Screen capture from first episode

Continuing from Wikipedia, “The series takes place in a world plagued by Shocker, a mysterious world-wide terrorist organization formed by remaining members of the Nazis. To further its plans for world domination, Shocker recruited its agents through kidnapping, turning their victims into mutant cyborgs and, ultimately, brainwashing them. However, one victim named Takeshi Hongo escaped just before the final brainwashing. With his sanity and moral conscience intact, Hongo battled Shocker’s minions as the grasshopper-themed altered human (改造人間 kaizō ningen) superhero Kamen Rider. Another victim of the altered human process, freelance photographer Hayato Ichimonji. (He) became Kamen Rider 2. Kamen Rider saved him from Shocker, and then renamed himself as “Kamen Rider 1″. Assisted by motorcycle race team manager Tobei Tachibana and FBI agent Kazuya Taki, the Kamen Riders fought in both solo and partnered missions against Shocker and its successor organization, Gel-Shocker.”


Kamen Rider began in 1971. It will be 47 years old April 2018. The show “reinvents” itself with every version of the hero. You can click on each one to get more info from wikipedia:

Heisei era Phase 1 series
Heisei era Phase 2 series


Motorcycles, monsters, and mayhem on a weekly basis, is fantastic! The ultra-coolness of seeing  if our hero survives can be a real nail-biter. And you NEVER know who’s going to show up, past and future incarnations, Super Sentai heroes, Inazuman, Kikaider, Ultraman, and even Space Sheriffs. It’s just the coolest superhero tv show ever made (IMHO). There’s no doubt why I’m drawing Kamen Rider…

I decided to draw the very first version of Kamen Rider. “Like”, share, and subscribe! Enjoy the show!


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Learn more about Kamen Rider at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamen_Rider_Series