This article is about a/an series entry (the 1st) in the Kamen Rider Series.
Kamen Rider
Kamen Rider
Number 1
Number of episodes: 98
First episode: The Mysterious Spider Man
Last episode: Gel-Shocker Annihilated! The End of the Leader!!
Intro: Let's Go!! Rider Kick (1–13)
Rider Action (89–98)
Original airing: April 3, 1971-Febuary 10, 1973
Producer: Toei Company
Production Order
Kamen Rider V3
For the franchise that this series started, see Kamen Rider Series. For the 1979 series of this name, see Kamen Rider (Skyrider).
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A statue of Kamen Rider #1 outside of Bandai corporate headquarters.

Kamen Rider (仮面ライダー Kamen Raidā?, Masked Rider), is a weekly science fiction story created by Japanese manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori. It debuted as a tokusatsu television series on April 3, 1971 and ran until February 10, 1973, airing on the Mainichi Broadcasting System and NET TV (now TV Asahi). A manga adaptation was also featured in Shōnen Magazine around the same period. The series has spawned many sequels and evolved into a franchise. The cultural impact of the series in Japan resulted in 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. It is the longest Kamen Rider series to date, with 98 episodes.


The story took place in a world plagued by Shocker, a mysterious terrorist organization. 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 1. Another of Shocker's victims, freelance photographer Hayato Ichimonji, had also been given cyborg implants, but was saved by Kamen Rider from the brainwashing process to become Kamen Rider #2. Assisted by motorcycle race team manager Tobei Tachibana and FBI agent Kazuya Taki, the Kamen Riders fought in both solo and partnered missions against both Shocker and its successor organization Gel-Shocker.



Kamen Rider 1 Takeshi Hongo
Kamen Rider 2 Hayato Ichimonji




Main article:Shocker
  • Great Leader of Shocker (ショッカー首領 Shokkā Shuryō?)/Rock Great Leader (岩石大首領 Ganseki Daishuryō?).
  • Colonel Zol/Werewolf (ゾル大佐/狼男 Zoru Taisa/Ōkami Otoko?, 26-39, Rider vs Shocker, V3 27-28) (a.k.a. Gold Werewolf (黄金狼男 Ōgon Ōkami Otoko?))
  • Doctor Shinigami/Ikadevil (死神博士/イカデビル Shinigami Hakase/Ikadebiru?, 40-68, V3 27-28, Decade: All Riders vs Great-Shocker, Let's Go Kamen Riders)
  • Ambassador Hell/Garagaranda (地獄大使/ガラガランダ Jigoku Taishi/Garagaranda?, 53-79, Rider vs Ambassador Hell, V3 27-28, Decade: All Riders vs Great-Shocker, Let's Go Kamen Riders)
  • Shocker Combatmen (ショッカー戦闘員 Shokkā Sentōin?)
  • Big Machine (ビッグマシン Biggu Mashin?)


Main article: Gel-Shocker
1 Shocker Rider Number 1
2 Shocker Rider Number 2
3 Shocker Rider Number 3
4 Shocker Rider Number 4
5 Shocker Rider Number 5
6 Shocker Rider Number 6


Main article: Kamen Rider Episodes

Kamen Rider Episodes


See Kamen Rider (manga)

S.I.C. Hero SagaEdit

Published in Monthly Hobby Japan, the S.I.C. Hero Saga stories illustrated by S.I.C. figure dioramas portray stories featuring the characters from Shotaro Ishinomori series. Kamen Rider has had three different stories: Missing Link, Special Episode: Escape (SPECIAL EPISODE -脱出- SPECIAL EPISODE: Dasshutsu?), and From Here to Eternity (ここより永遠に Koko yori Towa ni?). Missing Link ran in the July to October 2002 issues, From Here to Eternity was featured in the special issue HOBBY JAPAN MOOK S.I.C. OFFICIAL DIORAMA STORY S.I.C. HERO SAGA vol.1 Kakioroshi, and Special Episode: Escape was featured in the October 2006 issue of Hobby Japan.

New characters introduced during the Missing Link story are the twelve Shocker Riders (ショッカーライダー Shokkā Raidā?, each with different colored scarves) and the Shocker Tank (ショッカータンク Shokkā Tanku?).

Missing Link chapter titles :

  1. Infiltration (潜入 Sennyū?)
  2. Disappearance (失踪 Shissō?)
  3. Awakening (覚醒 Kakusei?)
  4. Puppet (傀儡 Kairai?)



Opening themes
Ending themes
  • "Kamen Rider no Uta" (仮面ライダーの歌 Kamen Raidā no Uta?, "The Song of Kamen Rider")
    • Lyrics: Saburō Yatsude
    • Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi
    • Artist: Masato Shimon (as Kōichi Fuji) with Male Harmony
    • Episodes: 1–71
  • "Rider Action" (ライダーアクション Raidā Akushon?)
    • Lyrics: Shōtarō Ishinomori
    • Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi
    • Artist: Masato Shimon
    • Episodes: 72–88
  • "Lonely Kamen Rider" (ロンリー仮面ライダー Ronrī Kamen Raidā?)
    • Lyrics: Mamoru Tanaka
    • Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi
    • Artist: Masato Shimon
    • Episodes: 89–98

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