On November 3rd, 1954, a monster was unleashed upon the world. Now, 60 years later, Godzilla has a whopping 30 films under his belt along with countless video games, cartoon series, comics, books, toy lines, and so much more.
Godzilla means the world to me. I’ve been a Godzilla fan since I was able to talk. And I’ll continue being a G-Fan until the day I die. It’s just incredible that, six decades later, Godzilla is still going, strong as ever. It’s just amazing.
I don’t share much of my art online, mostly because I’m not much of an artist, but I was determined to do something for Godzilla’s 60th. This was the result. I was messing around with a few ideas until I was drawing the Oxygen Destroyer and some bubbles when it hit me. And now I never want to draw or even see a circle again. ;)
Happy Birthday, big guy. Here’s to another 60 years.
For those of you who are unenlightened…. The 1998 video game “Godzilla Generations" was based around destroying cities as giant monsters. There were a number of playable characters, including Godzilla, Minilla, ZIlla, Mechagodzilla … … … … and Giant Dr. Serizawa. — Who attacks the city with the Oxygen Destroyer and a laser gun hidden behind his eye patch. Because Japan.
More new photos of Shin Gojira (aka Godzilla Resurgence) have surfaced.
While its easy to make jokes, I’m on board with the idea that this look could serve more of a purpose than just looking different. He looks damaged, like he’s been through hell. Maybe beaten to hell? Maybe…coming back from hell? Could this be the original Goji that was killed by the oxygen destroyer, somehow regenerating and coming back to life? Something that was destroyed like that wouldn’t reform perfectly like footage played in reverse. This could be cooler than you think.
Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here: Godzilla’s Judgement Day In Hell!
After the Oxygen Destroyer kills Godzilla, he rises from the River Styx on the banks of The Pit. Led by Virgil on a rampage to the gates of Pandemonium, the capitol city of Hell, Godzilla there faces the great dragon of Hades: Orochi. Before the final blow is struck, the Devil possesses Godzilla and transports him back to the world of the living to terrorize it with all the blazes of hellfire! Virgil’s prayers for divine intervention are answered and a righteous warrior appears to exorcise Godzilla’s demons. Split from his host, the Devil assumes his massive form, ready to duel with the two at the terrestrial gateway to the underworld!
The King of the Monsters vs The Prince of Darkness!
Inspired by the abandoned Toho picture: Godzilla vs The Devil.
It took me two years, but I have now seen every Godzilla movie ever made at least once in my life. A few I’ve seen multiple times. I’ve seen Godzilla ’14 far more times than is strictly necessary. I love that movie. While I was at it, I also saw Mothra, Rodan, Frankenstein Conquers the World, and every Gamera Movie made in the 20th Century. (Still need to watch Gamera the Brave.)
Ironically, it’s basically impossible to do a sequel to the first movie that continues the tone and feel of it.
For one thing, if anything other than the Oxygen Destroyer kills Godzilla, that negates Dr. Serizawa’s sacrifice.
Godzilla is basically unkillable.
So, the sequel introduces a new Godzilla who remains unkilled for the rest of the series. The brilliance of this cannot be overstated.
The Godzilla movies are remarkably critical about the Government.
Even when the Government is show doing the right thing, it’s often present as the only sane choice, so all the Government is really just doing is the only thing that can be done.
As awesome as Godzilla ’54 is, Rodan and Mothra are perfect movies, just in a different way.
Ishiro Honda is the most underrated director of the 20th Century.
Godzilla vs. Hedorah is actually really good.
I desperately need more Toho King Kong.
Any Gamera movie made in the 90s is better than any Godzilla film made in the 90s. #sorrynotsorry
The same is not true for the 60s and 70s.
I can’t hate Gamera: Super Monster, that movie is wonderfully bonkers.
Because I came late to the party, I’ve been able to watch almost all the films in Japanese first on an HDTV.
New Godzilla fans like me are spoiled.
Older Godzilla fans who had to hunt for terrible VHS tapes deserve a gold star.
The America Godzilla: King of the Monsters wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. In fact, I rather enjoy it. Not enough to watch it again, but enough to appreciate it.
Of the american versions I’ve seen from the Showa and Heisei, they’re not that bad.
Most of them are really good, and some are just dubbed versions of the Japanese cut.
That said, I haven’t sat through all of the American version of King Kong vs. Godzilla. Beginning with the newscasters just irks me.
The tone and message at the end of Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is completely different, and the opposite of, the message of Godzilla ’54.
Kiaju movies live and die on the strength of their human stories.
Tokyo Tower gets it a lot in these movies.
But the best is when Gyaos turns it into a nest in Gamera: Guardian of the Universe.
The second best is when Godzilla knocks it over in ’54 and the newscaster signs off while he falls to his death. That shit’s real.
I kind of want to see more salaryman comedies.
Godzilla ’98 gets a bum rap. It’s not great, but it’s a lot closer to being a really good movie than I think people give it credit for. But I think the baby Godzillas in Maddison Square Garden sequence killed a lot of the goodwill people might have had for it.
Godzilla ’14 followed that old showbiz adage: always leave them wanting more. I’m not going to fault them for that.
Godzilla 2000 is fucking awesome.
I love Final Wars far more any person reasonably should.
Don Frye is the best english speaking actor Toho’s had since Nick Adams.
I don’t think it’s unfair to ask for a Jet Jaguar comic book.
On a completely unrelated note: I wonder if it’s okay to be gay in a kiaju movie in 2016?
Pacific Rim didn’t really do it for me the way it did for all my other fellow kiaju fans, and I’m okay with that.
I’d like to get into tokusatsu tv shows like Ultraman and Kamen Rider, but thirty to fifty years of tv shows is a lot harder to catch up on than sixty years of movies.
Why doesn’t IDW have the Gamera license? They need to get on that.