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Marvel Comics is an American company that publishes comic books and related media. It had a role in the origins of Super Sentai, after Shotaro Ishinomori's original two series, Himitsu Sentai Gorenger and J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai, Marvel and Toei released a Spider-Man tokusatsu series in 1978, which featured Spider-Man piloting a giant robot, a feature not present in the original two Sentai. The next year, what was originally planned to an adaptation of Captain America resulted in Battle Fever J, resulting in the official start of the Super Sentai series, with Shotaro Ishinomori's shows being included in 1995. The two series after Battle Fever J, Denshi Sentai Denziman and Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan, had Marvel copyrights though Marvel had no involvement in production.
In 1985, Marvel Comics produced a pilot for an American adaptation of a Super Sentai series, but the show was rejected by the major US TV networks. Super Sentai would later be adapted into Power Rangers, created by Saban Entertainment in 1993.
- In the Big Bad Beetleborgs episode "Convention Dimension", the Beetleborgs attend a comic convention with several attendees wearing costumes. One of the costumes worn was Spider-Man as Spider-Man The Animated Series was airing on Fox Kids at the time.
- In 2009, Disney, which at the time controlled the Power Rangers franchise, purchased Marvel Comics, placing both franchises within the same company. However the combination was short-lived, with Saban repurchasing the rights of Power Rangers in 2010, including all of the Disney-produced seasons.
- Despite Disney's ownership, however, Nicktoons (which is currently airing Power Rangers) currently airs several cartoons from the Marvel Comics library.