Godzilla, King of the Monsters (Marvel)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters is a comic book series by published by Marvel Comics. Placing Godzilla into the context of the greater Marvel Universe, the series documents the monster's trek across the United States as he is tracked by S.H.I.E.L.D. and encounters characters such as Hercules, Black Widow, the Fantastic Four, and the Avengers.
This series described the adventures and confrontations of Godzilla while he wandered in various regions of the United States, from Alaska to New York City.
The series told original stories and attempted to both fit into the official Toho continuity and avoid referencing it too directly. It also integrated Godzilla into the Marvel Universe, making use of many of its main regular characters such as the Avengers. It was published from 1977 to 1979, neatly fitting between the Showa era and the Heisei era.
The general situations of the series were fairly similar to those of the Showa era movies, but other than Godzilla himself all monsters were new creations. Likewise, the JSDF are absent but S.H.I.E.L.D. effectively fills its role in the story.
In 2006, Marvel reprinted the series in black-and-white as a single book.
Godzilla fights Lepirax
- Marvel's Godzilla, King of the Monsters introduced Godzilla's copyright icon, which would be used in almost every piece of official Godzilla media to follow. Toho would also later create copyright icons for most of their monsters.
- At 24 issues in length, Marvel's Godzilla, King of the Monsters remained the longest-running Godzilla comic series of all time until 2015, when IDW Publishing's Godzilla: Rulers of Earth exceeded it by one issue.
- Dark Horse's later Godzilla comic series shared the same title as Marvel's.
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