Bob Eggleton

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Bob Eggleton
Bob Eggleton
Born September 13, 1960
Concord, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Artist
Notable work Who's Afraid of Godzilla? (1998)

Bob Eggleton is an American science fiction and fantasy artist who has worked on numerous projects related to Godzilla, King Kong, Gamera, and other kaiju. He is one of the best-known American artists associated with the genre, producing a huge volume of work related to Godzilla in particular in the 1990s and 2010s.


Bob Eggleton has illustrated for science fiction magazines such as Asimov's Science Fiction and science fiction conventions such as Boskone and Worldcon since 1980. He began painting in the following years and doing work as a cover and textbook artist, which proved more lucrative and encouraged him to pursue art as a career.

Bob Eggleton's first commercial Godzilla piece was the cover he painted for the Dark Horse American translation of the manga adaptation of The Return of Godzilla. When working with Toho, he and other book artists were instructed to avoid the more anthropomorphized Godzilla designs featured in the 60s and 70s to depict the monster as fiercer. Toho's instructions also included similar rules to those given to Patrick Tatopoulos, the designer of TriStar Pictures' Godzilla, such as the need for the monster to have three rows of dorsal plates. After drawing covers for several issues of the Dark Horse Godzilla comic series, Eggleton approached editor Randy Stradley and suggested the idea of Godzilla traveling back in time and battling a space monster. Stradley approved and allowed him to write and illustrate the issue, which ultimately became the last in the series; consequently, Eggleton also created the final Dark Horse opponent for Godzilla, the Stranger. This story, in which Godzilla travels back in time to the Cretaceous period and fights a draconic alien who feeds on dinosaurs, would be a major influence on the 1998 Toho film Rebirth of Mothra 3.[1]

Eggleton worked on merchandising for the 1998 American GODZILLA film, including a coloring book featuring over one hundred drawings. Throughout the late 90s, he also provided art for numerous Godzilla books by Random House, including fully painting the picture books Who's Afraid of Godzilla? and Godzilla Likes To Roar!. In 2002, Eggleton was invited to watch the filming of Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, which also gave him the opportunity to appear in the film as a fleeing civilian. After IDW Publishing acquired the comics license for Godzilla, Eggleton illustrated numerous covers for the company's various titles beginning in 2011; he also scripted and fully painted Godzilla in Hell #2. He has continuously provided cover art for magazines such as G-FAN and Famous Monsters of Filmland throughout the years.

Eggleton has won a Skylark Award, nine Hugo Awards, twelve Chesley Awards, two Locus Awards, seven Analog Readers Polls, six Asimov's Reader Polls, one Jack Gaughan Award, and four Science Fiction Chronicle Readers Polls for his artistic works in the fields of Science-Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.[2]

Selected bibliography

Other credits

Selected filmography



Kaiju Masterclass Interview
2023 interview


  • In his 2020 interview for Kaiju Masterclass, Eggleton stated that he found Shin Godzilla to be the most interesting incarnation of the character to paint.
  • Eggleton uses models and toys as references for lighting[5] and has compared drawing Godzilla to drawing a tree.[6]

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