Godzilla, King of the Monsters (Dark Horse)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters is a comic book series by Dark Horse Comics, published from 1995 to 1996. Beginning as an expansion of the Godzilla story published in Dark Horse Comics #10 and #11, it starred the Fantastic Four-inspired G-Force team introduced in Godzilla Color Special, with Professor Noriko Yoshiwara and Burton Helzer from Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special as supporting characters. Like Marvel Comics in the 1970s, Dark Horse was unable to license any of Toho's other kaiju, so its writers invented new monsters for Godzilla to face instead. Godzilla's appearance and behavior were patterned after his Heisei incarnation: a mysterious and destructive force of nature whose opponents sometimes represented the greater of two evils.
Low sales caused the series to end partway through a story arc, which would have featured an army of monsters created by the mad scientist Dr. Yamazaki.
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In 1998, Dark Horse reprinted the series, along with most of its other Godzilla comics (the one exception being Godzilla vs. Barkley), in two black-and-white trade paperbacks. Godzilla: Age of Monsters includes Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special, Godzilla Color Special, Godzilla versus Hero Zero, the story "Godzilla's Day" from Dark Horse Presents #106, and issues #0-4 and 16 of Godzilla, King of the Monsters. Godzilla: Past Present Future contains issues #5-15 of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, and the story "The Origins of a Species" from A Decade of Dark Horse #4 of 4. PHASE6 will translate and publish the series in Japan as a series of four volumes titled Godzilla: Classic Collection '95 (ゴジラ：クラシックコレクション’95 beginning in March of Gojira Kurashikku Korekushon '95)2022.
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