Ogon Bat (Golden Bat)
Real Name: Unknown
Occupation: Foe of evil
Affiliations: Mari, Professor Yamatone, Takeru, unnamed bat
Enemies: Dr.Zero, Gorgo
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Golden Bat (translation of name), Phantoma (U.S. name), Fantaman (Italian name), Fantasmagórico (Mexican name), Fantomas (Brazilian name)
Base of Operations: Japan
First Appearance: Ogon Bat (pulps style novel, Japan, 1930s)
Powers/Abilities: Ogon Bat carried a staff which could fire bolts of energy, or cause miniature earthquakes when struck on the ground.
History: Ogon Bat is a protector sent forward in time from Atlantis, and charged with helping defend the modern world against evil forces which might threaten it. He was placed into suspended animation, and buried in an Egyptian tomb.
In modern times Professor Yamatone and his family visited Egypt, and discovered an ancient tomb of some "god of justice, protector of the weak". When he was subsequently taken captive by "Gorgo", agent of Dr Zero, the Professor's daughter Mari pleaded for "the god of justice" to come to help her father. Her tear fell into the tomb and revived Ogon Bat. From then on, the little girl would be the only one who could call the hero. She would fall on her knees and just pray "Oh please Ogon Bat, come help us". Then a sparkle (that somehow appeared around her) would transform into a little golden bat, which would fly around the little girl and then fly towards enemy and take the form of the skull-headed superhero. He would continue to battle evil, often personified in the form of Dr Zero. Eventually they had their final confrontation; Ogon Bat entered Zero's base. Gorgo was badly hurt, trying to escape. Zero's soldiers had either been captured by the army while escaping or had died. The Professor, Mari, his older son Takeru and a family friend narrowly manage to flee the base before it is engulfed in a huge explosion, and all that was left after the smoke vanishes was Ogon Bat's broken wand/cane, and Dr. Zero's mechanical hand. The Professor and his family realised that their hero had died saving the world from Dr. Zero's plans of world domination.
Comments: Created by Takeo Nagamatsu. His appearance in the 1930's apparently makes him the first Japanese superhero. He was turned into a manga by Osamu Tezuka, then in 1966 became a live-action movie character with Hirohisa Nakata in the lead role. A year later an anime version which lasted 52 episodes was made. His voice in the anime was provided by Osamu Kobayasha. In 1972 a humorous tokusatsu version was made, called Ougon Batto Ga Yattekuru (The Golden Bat is Coming), where Ogon Bat was portrayed as being fat and incompetent. In 1992 a low-budget Korean movie,Young-guwa hwanggeum bakjwi (Yong Gu and the Golden Bat), was made with the character.
In Italy the live-action Ogon Bat movies are known by the title "Diavolik" (thanks to Paolo Cellammare for this information).
Thanks to Carlos Herrera for informing me of his Mexican name and Mauro Reis for his Brazilian one. Manuel adds "Dr. Zero was a big-fat man, dressed completely in black, with one mechanical hand, bat ears (sort of like Batman) and 4 eyes. He could only move with his little personal flying saucer (Ernest Stavro Blofeld used a wheelchair in FYE Only, Dr. Zero used his personal flying saucer to move around). He didn't have a lower body. HIs upper body emerged from the his flying vehicle. It seemed as he was an android. Everytime he appeared his loud, menacing voice would echo announcing himself: "...ZEEEEROOO..."
Ogon Bat rarely spoke. His voice (in the spanish version) sounded as if Dracula was talking fom inside a cave. His voice was sort of scary. Add that to his looks and it was like a scary ghost."
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Japanese Bat, a Filipino hero
any other Golden characters
any other Phantoms
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
Back to Japanese heroes main page
All images and characters depicted on this site are copyright their respective holders, and are used for informational purposes only. No infringement is intended and copyrights remain at source.