THE PASSENGER
ROCKET ADVENTURE
THE ARMORED MAN
THE GHOST HIGHWAY
THE SOLAR SATELLITE
THE ARTIFICIAL
LIFE: VALCOUN
THE BATTLE OF
THE BROTHERS
THE FREEZING RAY
BYRUS 13
SEVEN DAYS TO TERROR
THE ATOMIC GHOST
THE ELECTRONIC PHANTOMS
INTERCRIMES INVINCIBLE ROBOT
TARGET 8th MAN!
ATTACK OF THE HORRIBLE HONEY BEES
THE NUCLEAR WITCH
THE THUNDERMAKER
THE ATTACK OF TARANTULA
THE MONSTER BIRD
OPERATION BUBBLE BALL
THE MENACE FROM
OUTER SPACE
THE ATTACK ON INTERCRIME ISLAND
THE LIVING STATUE
THE TERRIBLE IMITATION PEOPLE
THE SAVAGE FISH
JAPANESE EPISODES
53 & 54
THE SUPER-HUMAN MUTANTS
PART 1
THE SUPER-HUMAN MUTANTS
PART 2
JAPANESE EPISODES
on NTSC VHS VIDEO

Episode List and Synopsis Part II
Episodes in Red are Lost Episodes, can you help find them?


Episode #29

First Televised in Japan 1964.5.21 TBS Television

I had to make a terrible accusation in...

THE PASSENGER ROCKET ADVENTURE

Human Missile

Detective Tobor is hired to expose a saboteur trying to disrupt progress on a special Passenger Rocket being built by the enterprising Samson Company.

Technical Notes:Commercially released on Video Rarities


Episode #30 PICS COMING SOON OF THIS EPISODE

First Televised in Japan 1964.5.28 TBS Television

THE ARMORED MAN

Cyborg Human C-1

Returning from a dinner engagement, Detective Tobor and Jenny are briefly confronted by a large, and powerful Robot. Seconds later they and the truck behind them are surrounded and held by the military. Attempts to erase the recent events in their minds by hypnosis are successful on all except Tobor, which dumbfounds the military leader and his chief scientist. Tobor learns that they are trying to capture this robot and also the horrible truth that the machine is also a man! Yes, Sgt. Murgatroyd volunteered for the experiment to create a machine that could withstand the icy cold of deep space or other hostile environments, but unware of what the result would be upon seeing his new form, like a man cursed he went mad & in angry rebellion against his tormentors! 8th Man must stop him from exacting deadly revenge and yet somehow right this terrible wrong to Murgatroyd!

Technical Notes: Cel drawings and paint appear distinctively more refined in this episode - Why? Good question. Commercially released on Video Rarities label & another label as a single.


Episode #31

First Televised in Japan 1964.6.4 TBS Television

"Ghost Highway"

This is one of the "lost episodes" -- The synopsis is a bit lengthy so you can know some of the details. On a stretch of seaside highway named "Route 99" (and the sign is in English too) is where the story takes place. A couple of strange accidents involving speeding trucks causes Tobor to come out to investigate and the episode begins with flashbacks of the accidents in his narration. An elderly couple were killed in an accident on Route 99 and while Tobor was out there two young people confronted him. They turned out to be the son and daughter of the deceased couple. After talking to Tobor they go off to look for clues and are soon surrounded by small black hooded creatures that have hand-weapons that look like the "sonic slicer" gun. The hooded creatures look more comical than scary and they make a weird sound. After a brief skirmish they and 8th Man are captured and placed in a underground cell. 8th Man changes back to Tobor before the young man and woman come to. There is a short scene where the evil scientist gives some orders to one of the hooded creatures. Next, back at the cell the young man is hollering something at one of the creatures...probably that he wanted something to eat because the creature offered him a raw fish! Angered the man slapped the fish from his hand and then grabbed his hood and pulled it off! Now, this is where all my memories came flooding back if you know what I mean. The hooded-creature turns out to be a Porpoise or Dolphin (let's say Dolphin because I know I can spell that right)! Somehow the evil scientist had done something to a number of them so they became able to talk and obey his commands. The dolphin reveals his name as "Toto" and he explains he really doesnt like causing harm to others. Uh oh, right then the scientist appears and he is angry at what Toto said and that he has lost his disguise, and drives him away with a whip. Then several of the hooded-dolphins take the man and woman out of the cell leaving Tobor behind, who changes to 8th Man and busts out of the cell. After nosing around 8th Man bumps back into Toto, who is being cruely punished hung upside down. 8th Man releases him and Toto goes to talk to his fellows to persuade them to rebel. Meanwhile, those two young people were taken to a laboratory to have some unspeakable operation or something performed on them but 8th Man arrives on the scene just in time to save them. Next, 8th Man sneaks in and grabs the mad scientist, he can't order his minions to shoot as he would be struck down as well, however 8th Man lets his guard down just long enough for Old Evil S to aim and fire at poor Toto! He rushes down to aid the fallen dolphin but he only has enough time to say goodbye, a very sad scene. Now, seeing their friend killed the scientist knows he cannot hope to continue to control his army of dolphins. He pushes a panic button which releases the ocean into the bay where 8th Man and the dolphins and the man and woman are. The water rushes in and sweeps them away. However the control center was also breached and the torrent breaks in and destroys "you know who" as well so he gets his just deserts. The dolphins being water creatures return to the sea and 8th Man rescues the young man and woman. When they come to they and Tobor are again standing on the highway, and thus ends the "Mystery on Route 99"!

If you have this episode in the English-dubbed version, I would like to obtain a copy.

Technical Notes: "Availability Unknown"


Episode #32

First Televised in Japan 1964.6.11 TBS Television

THE SOLAR SATELLITE

Solar Satellite: Thunder

Technical Notes: In Japan "Thunder" was the name of the satellite in the story. Commercially released on Video Rarities label


Episode #33 PICS COMING SOON OF THIS EPISODE

First Televised in Japan 1964.6.18 TBS Television

THE ARTIFICIAL LIFE: VALCOUN

Artificial Life Valkan

Dr. Spectra and his also evil younger brother, Dr. Lebo team-up and create a very dangerous unicellular artificial form of life called Valcoun from lower forms of life found in the ocean! This bad-boy not only looks at all other life bodies as it's lunch, but it has acidic spit to digest its victims! Pretty stong stuff for kids, huh? First of all, Spectra and Lebo find some handy victims to feed and strengthen the Valcoun -- then later when it takes a dunk in the sea Valcoun reproduces and before long 8th Man is battling quite a few Valcouns! Spectra and Lebo also wreak havoc on the Army and Air Force with Valcoun's acid in an attempt to lure 8th Man out of hiding and into a trap. 8th Man is nearly destroyed but in an ironic twist, it is Dr. Lebo who actually saves him and the world from total annihilation.

Technical Notes:When the Japanese voice-actors say "Vulcan" its sounds more like "Valcoun" so thats how Guberman wrote the script. "Availability Unknown"


Episode #34

First Televised in Japan 1964.6.25 TBS Television

I'll never forget the day my best friend had to watch his two sons fight in...

THE BATTLE OF THE BROTHERS

Duel

A stranger who saves Jenny's life enlists the aid of Tobor the Detective to find someone...named Prof. Genius and sets a trap for 8th Man! But there is more than meets the eye to this person. Now, Prof. Genius must make the hardest choice of his life!

Famous Quote - Ken: "That's my face and I want it back. Give me back my face."


Technical Notes: Commercially released on Video Rarities label


Episode #35

First Televised in Japan 1964.7.2 TBS Television

I was faced with a cold-hearted criminal when I investigated the case of...

THE FREEZING RAY

Frozen Light-Ray

Someday I should write something about this episode.
Technical Notes: Commercially released on Video Rarities label


Episode #36

First Televised in Japan 1964.7.9 TBS Television

BYRUS 13

Barisu 13

Dr. Spectra creates a new weapon in his crusade to destroy 8th Man...Byrus 13 is a large mechanical top-thing with drills and a rip-saw that can travel effortlessly underground or just about anywhere! Byrus has a bad habit of "popping-up" unexpectedly...it comes right up through the floor of Detective Tobor's office, wrecks the place and exits through the nearest wall leaving the place a shambles! Think of the repair bill! This unusual episode also features Dr. Spectra's own daughter, Dorothea Spectra! In a turn of events, with Dorothea's help, 8th Man wins in the end against her father. A very cool episode!

If you have this episode in the English-dubbed version, I would like to obtain a copy.

Technical Notes: In Japan This was the name for the machine in this story: Virus 13. "Availability Unknown"


Episode #37

First Televised in Japan 1964.7.16 TBS Television

I met the Black Butterfly Gang once again when I faced...

SEVEN DAYS OF TERROR

Seven days of Nightmare

The notorious Black Butterfly Gang has issued an ultimatum: Deliver 10 million in gold bullion or they will unleash the fury of the "Neutral Bomb" on the citizens of Metropolitan City - a weapon that utterly annihilates all living things. But 8th Man also faces the challenge of Enon 005 - a super-robot sent from the country of Armaco to recover the bomb, which they built!! With 8th Man fighting another super-robot and facing an impossible deadline in this Sci-Fi-Spy shocker this is arguably the best episode of the series!

Famous Quote - Dr. Ghost: "I invented this super-shortwave disperser specifically to take care of you robots!"

Technical Notes: According to MS Word, disperser is not a word. Enon spelled backwards is nonE, I tested it in a mirror. Not commercially released


Episode #38

First Televised in Japan 1964.7.23 TBS Television

One of the most dangerous opponents I ever faced was the man who could walk through walls...

THE ATOMIC GHOST

Mysterious Human Ghost

A Black Butterfly agent named, Mr. Barret is caught in an violent explosion (that's it there in the first pic..I don't think the scientist-dude in the rear lived through it) that changed his molecular structure. Now he can walk through walls or any solid substance, hence his new name the "Ghost". Mr. Karsh, the head of BB operations in the area sends the powerful Atomic Ghost on a series of missions to undermine the national security and just plain cause a bunch of trouble! But 8th Man is there at every turn to thwart him, so now the prime objective is the destruction of 8th Man and the Ghost will use Chief Fumblethumbs and Jenny to lure our Hero into a trap!

Technical Notes: Commercially released on Video Rarities label


Episode #39

First Televised in Japan 1964.7.30 TBS Television

I found myself fighting monsters out of time and space, created by the machine that made...

THE ELECTRONIC PHANTOMS

The Boy Who Makes Vision

Introducing the brilliant Michael Collins, a 9 year old Doctor of Engineering! This "boy genius" perfects an amazing machine, the Image Maker. But his crooked Uncle uses the device to steal and plunder -- the reason? To pay off Usher, the Expediter for Intercrime who did the financing of the entire project. But Usher does not want repayment, he wants the Image Maker, and its inventor! With Tobor framed for kidnapping can 8th Man make it in time to stop the evil Usher?

No, the kid isnt wearing a fancy hair-dryer on his noggin...that is the Beta-version of the "Image-maker" a device that the Intercrime wants very badly, and also causes a lot of trouble for 8th Man, as you may imagine. Great episode!

Famous Quote - Usher: "He licked every one of them!"

Technical Notes: Japanese meaning is "boy that makes Phantom (illusion)" or "The Image Copy" (that was the helmet's name in the Japanese version). Not commercially released.


Episode #40

First Televised in Japan 1964.8.6 TBS Television

Coldknuckle the Executioner from Intercrime returns as...

INTERCRIMES INVINCIBLE ROBOT

Transparent Robot Jupiter

The evil genius Dr. Spectra finally succeeds in building a better robot than 8th Man even duplicating the process of transferring a human mind into a superior Electronic Brain! As this mind is that of the relentless, revengeful Coldknunckle (Icefinger) this is 8th Man's most threatening foe yet! Various plot strings of many previous episodes weave together here to produce what I believe is the best of all the 8th Man series (well, its a tie between this one and #37)! Jenny discovers the secret identity of 8th Man and is used as Spectra's pawn to lure 8th Man to his destruction.

Famous Quote - Coldknuckle: "I am not Jupiter, I am Coldknuckle...and I am the most powerful being in the World!"

Technical Notes: This episode is sometimes confused as being the Last episode because people remember the parts of it where Jenny discovers the secret identity of Detective Tobor as 8th Man. While this is true, it is still not the last episode as Prof. Genius erases Jenny's recent memories at the end. Of course the way some television stations would air the episodes, who would know the difference? Its still #40 no matter how they were televised.
Not commercially released.


Episode #41

First Televised in Japan 1964.8.13 TBS Television

I almost met my match in strength in the adventure I call...

TARGET 8th MAN!

Eight Man Assassination Order

The Black Butterfly Gang assigns one of their top agents, Byrd on a mission who sole purpose is to destroy their foe, 8th Man. Will they succeed in selling 8th Man to some foreign government? Will Chief Fumblethumbs be blown to smithereens? Tune in to find out!

Technical Notes: Commercially released on Video Rarities label


Episode #42

First Televised in Japan 1964.8.20 TBS Television

ATTACK OF THE HORRIBLE HONEY BEES

Queen Bee Monster

Technical Notes: Commercially released on Video Rarities label


43rd episode aired in Japan: Salamander Maneuvers/ Script: Toyota Artisune


Televising 1964.8.27 (re-televising the 24th story)
Episode #43

First Televised in Japan 1964.9.3 TBS Television
Script: Kazumasa Hirai

My enemy used a fantastic combination of science and witchcraft when I met...

THE NUCLEAR WITCH

Witch person with ESP

Mysterious happenings at the Beritron reactor lead Tobor to a paralyzed girl, Nona Richards, who lost her younger brother in an accident during a tour of the reactor. Now, a powerful, evil force threatens the Beritron, its Director and anyone who dares to stand in the way.

Famous Quote - Witch: "Burn! Burn! Everything burn with the fires of hate!"

Technical Notes: Not commercially released


Episode #44

First Televised in Japan 1964.9.10 TBS Television
Script: Katsura ???

The fate of the people of the world was in my hands when I met...

THE THUNDERMAKER

Worldwide Torpedo Attack Plan

When fantastic, catastrophic weather conditions threaten Metropolitan City and the cities the world, Tobor is sent to the desert country of Amnegon to investigate the case. When his contact Dr. Monsoon is taken by force to the rocket base of Col. Blizzard, 8th Man moves into action to save him and the entire world from the mad plan of the maniacal Blizzard.

Famous Quote - Jenny: "Uh-huh, uh-huh, is that all you can say?"


Technical Notes: Not commercially released


Episode #45 PICS COMING SOON OF THIS EPISODE

First Televised in Japan 1964.9.17 TBS Television
Script: Kazumasa Hirai

Chief Fumblethumbs was in danger when I faced...

THE ATTACK OF TARANTULA

Condemned Criminal Tarantula

Convicted criminal Tarantula, threatens the life of the good Chief Fumblethumbs for having put him in prison. He nearly succeeds even though no one can explain how he made the deadly attempts from his jail cell. A distraught Chief Fumblethumbs calls on 8th Man and together they devise a clever scheme to trap this vicious criminal and keep him behind bars, safe from the world, for the rest of his life.

Technical Notes: "Availability Unknown"


47th episode aired in Japan: large monster Eera /Script: Katsura Masayoshi
Televising 1964.9.24 (re-televising the 27th story)


Episode #46

First Televised in Japan 1964.10.1 TBS Television
Script: Kanou Ichirou

The evil Dr. Spectra had a new weapon with which to attack me when he created...

THE MONSTER BIRD

The Flying Majin

This episode is a take-off on the sci-fi classic, The Fly...Dr. Spectra has perfected his matter transmitter for Intercrime. To be sure all the "bugs" are out of it though he talks Lebo, his brother into being Test Subject #4. Assuring him that no harm will come to him, Lebo agrees, however something happens that Spectra could not foresee...(quite unlikely but) a large eagle flies into the receiving transmitter as Lebo's molecules are starting to reassemble thus creating a Monster Bird. Not one to let a good monster go to waste, Spectra sends Lebo on a rampage of destruction hoping to eliminate his sworn enemy, 8th Man.

Famous Last Words - Ship's Captain: "Really? Are you going to report every bird you see on this voyage?"

Technical Notes: Could be translated from Japanese as "the Flying Evil" Originally, its "Flying Majin", just like "Majin-Kozma"
Majin:(evil monster, demon). Not commercially released.


Episode #47 PICS COMING SOON OF THIS EPISODE

First Televised in Japan 1964.10.8 TBS Television
Script: Kanou Ichirou

Operation Bubble Ball

Some information is available on this episode.
A gang of thugs commit their crimes with the assistance of a spray that creates an unbreakable transparent bubble around them. Only another special spray can dissolve them. Their leader looks kinda like Bat Masters and they have a lighthouse hideout that also turns into a flying rocket-powered lighthouse.
Updates will be published whenever, if ever they are obtained. If you have this episode in the English-dubbed version, I would like to obtain a copy.

Technical Notes: Operation Bubble Ball "Availability Unknown"


Episode #48

First Televised in Japan 1964.10.15 TBS Television
Script: Kanou Ichirou

I had to face an unusual enemy when I met...

THE MENACE FROM OUTER SPACE

Mars human SAW

Interesting "who-done-it" type of pseudo Sci-Fi mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. Or mebee you will figure it out before then. Dr. Katheryn Rational is called upon once again to whip out the old Light Burner Laser to blast some baddies. Chief Fumblethumbs stays in a worse state of confusion than usual. I really wasn't inspired to do a synopsis when I wrote this. Well, I'll leave it up for a while mebee get a few laughs. Technical Notes: The last of the three "light-burner" episodes. Not commercially released


Episode #49 PICS COMING SOON OF THIS EPISODE

First Televised in Japan 1964.10.29 TBS Television
Script: Kazumasa Hirai

THE ATTACK ON INTERCRIME ISLAND

"300 Hundred Million Hostages"

Some information is available on this episode. Not sure how this was translated into English-version. Japanese version says its about a Nazi scientist who is the successor of "daemon doctor" which means Dr. Spectra! So, maybe Intercrime fires Spectra in this episode, not sure. Anyway this Nazi guy builds some ray-gun weapon to defeat 8th Man, but he doesn't succeed, of course! In fact Intercrime Island is blown to smithereens and we never hear of them again. This one is on my Want List! You got it? Updates will be published whenever, if ever they are obtained. If you have this episode in the English-dubbed version, I would like to obtain a copy.

Technical Notes: "Availability Unknown"


Episode #50

First Televised in Japan 1964.11.5 TBS Television
Script: Kanou Ichirou

A combination of revenge and genius activated the monster known as...

THE LIVING STATUE

Mysterious Image Giant

After winning a Nobel Prize with his thesis on Telekinetics, Dr. Bernard is attacked by his own statue that was raised in his honor...could it be that someone is jealous? Could it be his former friend and co-worker, Dr. George? Hmmm...could be!

Famous Quote - Dr George: "No one can resist the power of my mind, not even you 8th Man!"

Technical Notes: Dr. George is the first Japanese anime character I remember with these long bangs that covered one of their eyes. Later I noticed a lot of One Eyed guys in Speed Racer too. Why did they do that? The guys with the long bangs also seemed to always be the evil dudes too, I guess it was a coincidence, I never figured that out!
Not commercially released


Episode #51

First Televised in Japan 1964.11.12 TBS Television
Script: Tsune Toyota

Opponents that used my own power against me, these were the...

THE TERRIBLE IMITATION PEOPLE

Target Earth

When a team of astronomers from the Metropolitan City Observatory rush to investigate what they believe to be a large meteor impact, they are horrified to discover an alien life form that assumes their indenties and prepares then plans to invade the Earth. But Mr. Wright, the observatory's engineer stayed behind; noticing a change in his co-workers he enlists the help of Detective Tobor to investigate the situation.

Famous Quote: Tobor, "Oh yes we do, you fiend! Because you're hiding more Space Monsters down there!"

Technical Notes: This episode also includes after the main story an odd segment hosted by Chief Fumblethumbs and narrated by 8th Man - giving us a "primer" on Outer-Space creatures and aliens, with a surprise at the end!
Not commercially released


Episode #52 PICS COMING SOON OF THIS EPISODE

First Televised in Japan 1964.11.19 TBS Television
Script: Tsune Toyota

THE SAVAGE FISH

Human Food Fish Piranha

THE Last episode of English-dubbed series

Dr. I.M. Vicious a famous research scientist, develops a metal eating fish similar to the deadly piranha. He attacks the Navy with them and sinks several destroyers. 8th Man comes in on the scene and when he confronts Vicious he learns that the mad scientist is obsessed with returning mankind to its evolutionary origins--the sea--and will stop at nothing to achieve his goal.
8th Man has his leg eaten up by the pesky fish and escapes before he's totally destroyed. 8th Man engages Dr. Vicious in a battle on the ocean who loses control of his boat and crashes into some rocks, which kills him. Without direction from Dr. Vicious their creator, the fish die off and the world is saved.

Famous Quote: 8th Man, "I know...This one bit me!"

If you have this episode in the English-dubbed version, I would like to obtain a copy.

Technical Notes: "Availability Unknown"


*******END OF ENGLISH SERIES******


55th Japanese episode/script: Kazumasa Hirai
1964.11.26 televising 7 days nightmare (re-televising the 37th story)


The Following Episodes are Japanese Language Only


Episode #56

"Rebellion Of Mutarl"

8Man has to face an unseen enemy...actually he can see it but these destructive little machines move at such a high velocity that human eyes cannot see them.

Technical Notes: In Japanese it's "Mutarl no hanran", and the word "hanran" means "something gets out of hand" or "breaking the rules". So, most of the time it means "rebellion". But,the word "rebellion" also has a political connotation...So, in this case, the title would translate better as: Mutarl Uncontrolled. "Availability in Japanese only"


Episode #57

"Rule Of The Sharks"

More Information is available on this episode & will be published soon.

Technical Notes: "Rule of the Sharks" The Spy connection (group) of the Jimail Empire,"the Shark" has a deadly rule: "failure = death"
Of minor interest is that as you see in the pic "Number 2" sported a metal/mechanical appendage long years before "Jet" of Cowboy Bebop fame!
"Availability in Japanese only"


Episode #58

"Super Mankind Mutant" (Part I)

In this two part episode that wraps up the TV series, three evil little kid geniuses take on 8 Man with a variety of advanced inventions such as personal force fields, energy weapons and a rather ineffective robot who gets his can kicked by 8th Man several times. The first part basically introduces these things and also shows the European spy gang "Black Butterfly" at odds with both the evil kids and 8 Man. Dr Spectra also gets in the picture as an unexpected ally in this most unusual offing!

Technical Notes: "Availability in Japanese only"


Episode #59

"Super Mankind Mutant" (Part II)

In this second part the battle heats up between 8 Man at the evil "children". He takes a hit from one of their weapons and gets both legs blown off but is able to escape. The building this battle takes place in is destroyed, but this was just a cover for an impregnable "fortress" that the kids hide in. The Army comes along to save the day but the evil kids have a death-ray that blasts them and all the surroundings into a war-zone wasteland. Dr Spectra, 8 Man and Prof. Tani all have a pow-wow agree to allow Spectra to build new equipment into 8 Man! Now he has the ability to oscillate his robotic body at such high-speed that he can vaporize about anything he contacts! This new ability is the death-knell for the above mentioned evil robot who gets turned to dust at their next encounter! The defeat their robot gets one of the kids so upset that he decides to go outside their protective fortress to battle 8th man face to face - that turns out to be a mistake that backfires and he is killed. After this a truce is called and the fighting ends...the kid's fortress is in reality a spaceship or a dimensional traveler, they vanish and are gone. The last frames relay to the viewer one word, strangely enough in English ... END

Technical Notes: "Availability in Japanese only"


60th story

First Televised in Japan 1964.12.31 TBS Television


Titled: Good-Bye Eight Man w/ Komatsu Sakyo

Komatu Sakyo is one of the most famous Sci-Fi writers in Japan. Whether or not Komatu was actually involved in any phase of the production of 8 Man is uncertain. Perhaps, he was chosen as the Host to emcee or talk about 8 Man as a "sci-fi specialist".

This was a "tribute" type show probably very similar to one produced for Astroboy (which included interviews with Osama Tezuka and showed footage of the animation studios interspersed with clips and full episodes from the animated series). A film print of the show probably exists in Japan but doesnt appear to have ever been released after the original televised date.

JAPANESE EPISODES on NTSC VHS VIDEO
Hit man Gaea ream - ICEFINGER THE EXECUTIONER
Light ray gun laser -THE LIGHT THAT BURNED
Salamander maneuvers - THE STEEL SALAMANDER
Counterattack of Gaea ream - RETURN OF ICEFINGER
Terrestrial Zero Hour - COUNTDOWN TO ZERO

Many Thanks to Roberto Noriguea and Ted Valis for invaluable assistance!


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