Superargo vs. Diabolicus / Superargo contro Diabolikus (1966)

4.0 out of 5

By substituting the usual suit and tied secret agent with a masked superhero agent, Superargo vs. Diabolicus manages to procure an interesting, new way of continuing to milk the familiar, Dr. No influenced, Eurospy plot.

Castle of Blood’s Giovanni Cianfriglia, Steve Reeves' stunt double, is more than physically capable for the role, with the right build to actually match Superargo’s physique depicted in the film’s poster art, unlike several other actors in the Italian Superhero milieu.

A fun pro-wrestling match, involving Superargo accidentally misusing his super powers and killing his friend, starts things off really well. A depiction of an emotionally tormented hero follows during the intro credits, a torment that is eventually resolved over the course of the film, as indicated with an up-close, slow, and heart-warming grin/smile from Cianfriglia over the ending credits, bidding viewers adieu until the sequel, Superargo and the Faceless Giants

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics