King of the Monsters
Time Lost Dinosaur
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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.
Godzilla Vols. 1-3 (Dark Horse)
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Marvel Comics)
Godzilla vs. Barkley (Dark Horse)
Terror of Godzilla (Dark Horse)
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.
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.
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.
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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