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This article is about a/an writer in the Super Sentai series.

Susumu Takaku (高久 進 Takaku Susumu?) (January 11, 1933-July 22, 2009) is a writer who wrote in various genres and for various shows from the 50s through the 90s.

His work in the tokusatsu genre spanned throughout the 1970s, working on Toei's first toku hero of the period, Spectralman, as well as both Inazuman series. His first work in Sentai were 11 episodes of the original Himitsu Sentai Gorenger, as well as an episode of the followup, J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai.

When Toei gained the rights to create properties based on the works of American comic book company Marvel Comics, Takaku was made head writer alongside Shouzou Uehara of the first major collaboration, 1978's Spider-Man. The following year, Takaku and Uehara were head writers for the next of the Toei/Marvel collaborations, Battle Fever J. These two series would come to define Sentai, with BFJ in particular reviving the genre and leading to the successful franchise that would follow.

Takaku continued to write in tokusatsu after this, writing for several more Sentai series as well as other series. He wrote the 1980 Kamen Rider film Eight Riders vs. Galaxy KingIcon-crosswiki, was the main writer for 1984's Seiun Kamen Machineman, as well as the main writer for two Metal Heroes series, 1987's Choujinki MetalderIcon-crosswiki and 1988's Sekai Ninja Sen JiraiyaIcon-crosswiki He also was head writer for the influential anime Hyakujuuoh GoLion, which would be brought to the US as part of the animated series Voltron: Defender of the Universe.

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