Real Name: Godzilla, or possibly Gojira (see comments)
Identity/Class: Terrestrial dinosaur mutate (could also be a Deviant mutate)
Group membership: None
Affiliations: Betans, Devil Dinosaur, Godzilla Squad ("Dum Dum" Dugan, Tamara Hashioka, Dr. Gladstone Hawkins, Hugh Howards, Gabe Jones, Robert and Dr. Yuriko Takiguchi, Jimmy Woo), Hag of the Pits of Dinosaur World, Mole Man, Moon Boy, Red Ronin (operated by Rob Takiguchi)
Enemies: Avengers (Ares, Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Sentry, Thor, Vision, Wasp, Wonder Man, Yellowjacket), Behemoth IV (Shield anti-Godzilla Helicarrier), Beta Beast, Champions of LA (Angel, Black Widow, Hercules, Iceman), Dr. Demonicus and his Demon-Troops and mutates (Batragon, Centipoor, Ghilaron, Lepirax), Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Bill Ford, Lizard Warriors (Earth-Dinosaur World), Mega-Monsters (Krollar, Rhiahn, Triax), SHIELD, "Lefty" Walsh, West Coast Avengers (Hawkeye, Iron Man, Mockingbird, Tigra), Yetrigar, a legion of licensed Japanese monsters
Known Relatives: None known
Aliases: Gojira (See Comments), King of the Monsters
Base of Operations: Monster Island, Pacific
formerly Tokyo, Japan;
unnamed Pacific Island
First Appearance: (motion picture) Godzilla, King Of The Monsters, 1954), (Marvel) Godzilla#1 (August, 1977)
Powers: Godzilla was over 100 feet tall and immensely strong (Class 100, enabling Godzilla to lift/press 100 tons) as well as extremely durable. He had a semi-prehensile tail and had human level dexterity in his hands and use of his arms. He was amphibious and could expel radioactive flame from his mouth at will (or possibly, something in his breath would ignite with oxygen to create a similar effect). He demonstrated a near-human level of intelligence and understanding.
He was later mutated into a more amphibious form, and it is not certain how this affected his abilities. He has not be seen to use his radioactive flame in this form.
History: Godzilla is believed to be a dinosaur who somehow survived in an inert form below the surface of the ocean until the modern era. He is believed to have been mutated by nuclear weapons testing. It is also possible that Godzilla is actually a mutate created by the Deviants of Lemuria, as many of the other giant monsters from his era have been found to be active over several of the last decades. For instance, the Deviants created a race of dinosaurs that dwell in Wakanda.
(Godzilla#1-2 [fb]) - Whatever his origins, Godzilla was first seen when he surfaced off the coast of Japan in 1956, during nuclear testing. Dr. Yuriko Takaguchi was present during this testing as a passive resistant and witnessed Godzilla's arrival. Godzilla rampaged through the city of Tokyo on more than one occasion. Other monsters, similarly revived by the nuclear testing, also surfaced and attacked Tokyo, and Godzilla fought several of these creatures.
(Godzilla#1-5) - In the modern era, Godzilla surfaced off the coast of Alaska and began his trek across the USA. At first, Godzilla was somewhat disoriented; he rampaged across Alaska, ripping apart the Alaskan Pipeline. Soon after this, he settled down and would only rampage when provoked (kind of like a really, really big Hulk). He made his way through Seattle but was lured back out to sea by SHIELD. He resurfaced off the California coastline and entered San Francisco, where both SHIELD and the Champions of Los Angeles tried to stop him, but both groups simply ended up getting in each others way, as Godzilla destroyed the Golden Gate Bridge and one of SHIELD's mini-Helicarriers (See Comments). Godzilla encountered the monster Batragon and followed him back to the Aleutian Islands, where he slew the monsters of Dr. Demonicus and helped SHIELD foil his plot.
(Godzilla#6-8) - SHIELD, under the guidance of Drs. Hashioka and Takiguchi, created the Behemoth Helicarrier, which succeeded in capturing Godzilla via a gas attack. To their dismay, SHIELD proved unable to hold Godzilla, who escaped soon after reviving. Drs. Hashioka and Takiguchi directed the construction of the immense robot Red Ronin to subdue him. Takiguchi's grandson, Rob, felt an empathy for Godzilla and sought to prevent Godzilla from being injured. Rob caused the robot's controls to become linked to his brain patterns so that only he could operate it. Rob, within Red Ronin, got in the middle of a few battles between Godzilla and the Behemoth. Rob did succeed in driving Godzilla away from a San Diego missile base where it was feared his nuclear breath might activate the warheads.
(Godzilla#9-11) - After destroying the Hoover Dam, Godzilla was swept into Las Vegas. After that, he made his way into the Grand Canyon where he was attacked by Yetrigar, a giant pre-human anthropoid of apparently similar origins. Rob/Red Ronin got in the middle of that battle, as well, actually helping to defeat Yetrigar by causing an avalanche to bury him.
(Godzilla#12-13) - Godzilla was then beamed to the moon by an alien race, the Betans, who were seeking allies to help them against the Warlords of Mega, another alien race and the Betan's long time enemies. Godzilla, by slaying the monstrous Beta Beast, passed the Betan's test. In turn, Godzilla was sent back to Earth where he and Red Ronin were attacked by the three Mega-Monsters. Red Ronin was decapitated by Krollar, but Godzilla managed to slay the Mega-Monsters on his own, possibly bringing an end to the long war between the Megans and Betans.
(Godzilla#14-16) - Godzilla next wandered into cattle country where he was blamed for the disappearance of the cattle of John Hawks' ranch. However, Godzilla sniffed out the missing cattle, and led the ranchers who were attempting to subdue him to the where the cattle had been hidden by Lefty Walsh and Bill Ford, the true culprits.
(Godzilla#17-20) - The "Godzilla Squad" acquired a sample of the size-altering Pym Particles from their discoverer Hank Pym, shrunk Godzilla down to one foot in height, and captured him. However, Rob sabotaged their efforts once again, and Godzilla broke out of his cage, escaping into the New York Harbor. Godzilla made his way through New York, getting bigger in the process. When Godzilla reached 20 feet in stature, the Godzilla Squad got the idea to send him back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth via a time machine.
(Godzilla#21-22) - Godzilla's radiation affected the machine so that he was transported to the alternate dimension of Dinosaur World instead of the pre-historic past. While there, he became allied with Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy in defeating the Lizard Warriors, who sought to capture them. Godzilla's radiation caused a "slingshot" effect that returned him to Manhattan, just as he regained his full height.
(Godzilla#23-24) - The heroes of New York gathered in an effort to drive off Godzilla but were unable to succeed. Finally, Rob Takiguchi, standing on top of the Behemoth Helicarrier, appealed to Godzilla to return to the ocean and leave America before someone was hurt or killed. Godzilla then wandered off into the ocean.
(Iron Man I#193-194) - Later, Godzilla's old enemy, Dr. Demonicus, succeeded in getting the better of him. Demonicus mutated him into a more amphibious form and placed him under his mental control. Demonicus had made a new base an a Pacific island, and Godzilla smashed an Avengers Quint Jet piloted by Tigra when it passed nearby. This drew the other West Coast Avengers to her aid. Although they were unable to injure Godzilla, Iron Man (Tony Stark in a version of armor similar to his mark one armor) lifted Godzilla aloft and carried him away from the island until his jets gave out, dumping both Godzilla and the armor into the ocean.
(Iron Man I#196) - Godzilla returned to Demonicus' lair, carrying with him the abandoned mark one-type Iron Man armor.
(Thing I#31) - During the production
Dinosaur: The Movie" on an unspecified Pacific Island, Godzilla
showed up and wrecked the set. When he appeared again during a
camera shoot, Trimble, the special effects man, used a robot
version of Devil Dinosaur to try to stop him. While Godzilla
easily overpowered the robot, it did give everyone time to clear
the set. After having destroyed the robot, Godzilla backed up
and headed back out to sea.
The Thing was on-set to visit his then romantic interest, Sharon Ventura, who was playing one of Moon Boy's "Small Folk." However, he had gotten in trouble for interfering with the film before, so he stayed in his hut and read the paper when Godzilla attacked.
(fb)-BTS) - At some point, Godzilla came to live on Monster Island and
while reverting back to an appearance more closely resembling his
original, retained the smaller size of his Demonicus-mutated form.
(Mighty Avengers#1) - Godzilla was
among the Mole Man's monsters sent to attack Manhattan in
retaliation for the partial destruction of his home (in actuality, a
side effect of a plot by Ultron).
Comments: Godzilla created by
(producer), Ishiro Honda (director), and
Eiji Tsuburaya (Special Effects Director) for Toho Productions. Godzilla was temporarily licensed by Marvel and the Marvel version was adapted/fleshed out by Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe. Now they can't even mention him by name, kind of like Fu Manchu. Denny O'Neil and Luke McDonnell did the revamped version.
Check out the Map of Godzilla's path, by Lee Seitz: godzillamap.shtml
Godzilla's Japanese name was Gojira, hence the word's inclusion under aliases.
Caesar Godzillatron ,
however, is not sure if that name applies to the comics version of
Godzilla: did they ever confirm that in the series?
I know that in Japan in the real world, Godzilla is called Gojira, a combination of the Japanese names for gorilla and whale. When the first movie was released in Japan, they changed it to Godzilla. Ironically, the monster is known as Godzilla everywhere EXCEPT Japan.
Interesting note: according to legend, they got the name Gojira from a huge man who worked in Toho's advertising department. Gojira was his nickname (Source).
Matt Comic207: I remember
an article in which the original name of Gojira was actually
*misspelled* as "Godzilla" when it arrived in America. Some producer
must've had a bad copy of the translated script for some of Raymond
Humorously enough, I learned this when Newsweek (?) interviewed Godzilla directly for "Godzilla 1985" (after being advised not to ask him about Jet Jaguar...very touchy subject). When the interviewer greeted, "So, Godzilla...", the big guy replied, "Call me God."
If you watch the much-panned Roland Emmerich version of Godzilla, you can see that a Japanese man describes the monster as "gojira." However, Harry Shearer's character mispronounces the name as "Godzilla," in homage to the original mistake.
Carycomix comments: Caesar Godzillatron is right. [Also, n]ot one of the Japanese characters from Marvel's "Godzilla" comic ever appeared in the original Toho movies. But... the cockroach people DID appear--if only in backlit silhouette--in [the movie] Godzilla on Monster Island (1972). Could they have been an offshoot of the Leviotes? (Cockroach Conspiracy, anybody?--Kyle)
Kyle comments: As explained in the letter column of Godzilla#12, the SHIELD Helicarrier that appeared in issues#1-3 and was destroyed by Godzilla in the latter of those issues was one of two mini-carriers, similar in appearance to the original Helicarrier but smaller in size. The other mini-carrier had been destroyed, also, in Captain America I#141.
Snood comments: I wouldn't mind seeing an adventure with Godzilla meeting the Monster Hunters (Bloodstone, Dr. Druid, Hurricane, Namora, Zawadi) of the 1950s. I also wouldn't mind seeing him periodically encountered in the modern era. They just can't call him by name anymore.
The Godzilla series was kind of goofy, but it was a fun read. Give it a read if you can find it.
Thanks to Prime Eternal
for pointing out the
Thing issue, which I had missed.
and to Kyle Smith, for Iron Man#196...for shame...for shame...
per Caesar Godzillatron :
Toho Co. Ltd in
Japan created him and still owns him, and are continuing his film
series (as of February 2002, 25 have been produced [26 if you
count that weak iguana in 1998] and have announced a 26th).
Caesar also supplied the dates of creation and the creators.
In "Marvel Monsters: From The Files Of Ulysses Bloodstone" within the Red Ronin entry, Elsa Bloodstone made a small comment that they need a file on Godzilla.
Godzilla profile edited/updated by Kyle Sims
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Mighty Avengers#1, page 2, panel 1
Godzilla#1 (August, 1977) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Godzilla#2 (September, 1977) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Frank Giacoia & George Tuska (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Godzilla#3 (October, 1977) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Tony DeZuniga (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Godzilla#4-5 (November-December, 1977) - Doug Moench (writer), Tom Sutton (pencils), Tony DeZuniga (#4) & Klaus Janson (#5) (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Godzilla#6 (January, 1978) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (artist), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Godzilla#7-11 (February-June, 1978) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Fred Kida (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Godzilla#12-13 (July-August, 1978) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Fred Kida (inks), Jim Shooter (editor)
Godzilla#14 (September, 1978) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Jim Shooter (editor)
Godzilla#15-18 (October, 1978 - January, 1979) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Bob Hall (editor)
Godzilla#19 (February, 1979) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Mary Jo Duffy (editor)
Godzilla#20-21 (March-April, 1979) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Godzilla#22 (May, 1979) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Jack Abel (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Godzilla#23-24 (June, 1979) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Iron Man I#193-194 (April-May, 1985) - Dennis O'Neil (writer), Luke McDonnell (pencils), Ian Akin & Brian Garvey (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Iron Man I#196 (July, 1985) - Dennis O'Neil (writer), Rich Buckler (pencils), Ian Akin & Brian Garvey (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Thing I#31 (January, 1986) - Mike Carlin (writer), Ron Wilson (pencils), Kim DeMulder (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Mighty Avengers#1 (May, 2007) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Frank Cho (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Last updated: 03/26/07
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