Alias








Godzilla

Gojira


Nick Name

King of the Monsters

Time Lost Dinosaur


Civilian ID
Godzilla
Occupation
Monster
Legal Status
Monster
Nation or Planet of Origin
Japan
Group Affiliation
None
Base of Operations
Mobile
Height
164'
Weight
22,000 tons
Eye Color
Yellow
Hair Color
None
Known Powers

Radioactively mutated prehistoric creature with super-monster strength, speed, stamina, agility and durability; capable of projecting atomic fire from his mouth or radioactive pulses from his entire body.


Note: Although more intelligent than most other monsters, Godzilla still reacts like an animal and is not readily reasoned with.


Accessories
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Common Enemies

Biollante

Champions

Dr. Demonicus

Gigan

Hedora

King Ghidorah

King Kong

Mechagodzilla

Megaguirus

Megalon

Monster Zero

Mothra

Red Ronin

S.H.I.E.L.D.

Space Godzilla


Regularly Appearing

Godzilla Vols. 1-3 (Dark Horse)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Marvel Comics)

Godzilla vs. Barkley (Dark Horse)

Terror of Godzilla (Dark Horse)


First Appearance

Movies

Gojira (1954)


Note: The movie Gojira was released in Japan in 1954 by the Toho Film Company. Two years later the film was edited with additional footage and released in the United States under the title Godzilla, King of the Monsters.


Comics

Godzilla: King of the Monsters Vol. 1 #1 (Aug. 1977)


Note: Two years before Marvel published Godzilla: King of the Monsters, underground publisher Last Gasp printed a story titled Godzilla vs. the Cocaine Monster in the first issue of Cocaine Comix in 1975. In 1976 there also was a free coverless four-page comic which appeared in major newspapers promoting the theatrical release of Godzilla vs. Megalon.


Note: Marvel canceled Godzilla: King of Monsters after its 24 issue run and the license reverted back to Toho Studios. After being further mutated by Dr. Demonicus into a more amphibious form the character lives on in the Marvel Universe - although legally he can no longer be called Godzilla.


Creator

Tomoyuki Tanaka, Ishirō Honda & Eiji Tsuburaya


Note: Tomoyuki Tanaka was a producer for the Japanese movie studio Toho. Along with studio director Ishirō Honda and special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya; their monster creation was a metaphor expressing anxiety felt by the Japanese after the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the final days of World War II.


Origin

On a remote island in the South Pacific one of the last dinosaurs known as godzillasaurus was awakened by the naval bombardments of World War II. Injured by American soldiers and left for dead the primitive creature languished for a decade until nuclear bomb tests mutated its body into the fire-breathing monster known as Godzilla.


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