Godzilla: 70th Anniversary (2024)

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Godzilla: 70th Anniversary
Godzilla: 70th Anniversary cover A by E.J. Su
Written by
  • James Stokoe ("The Half-Century Bore")
  • Dan DiDio ("Contagion")
  • Danny Lore ("Of Gods and Con Artists")
  • Matt Frank ("In the Shadow of a God")
  • Donny Winter (poetry; "In the Shadow of a God")
  • E.J. Su ("In the Darkness")
  • Adam Gorham ("The Big One")
  • Casey Gilly ("Ain't No Place For an Angel")
  • Michael W. Conrad ("In Summation")
  • Natasha Alterici ("Aftermath")
Art by
  • James Stokoe ("The Half-Century Bore")
  • Joëlle Jones ("Contagion")
  • Sebastián Píriz ("Of Gods and Con Artists")
  • Matt Frank ("In the Shadow of a God")
  • Liana Kangas ("Ain't No Place For an Angel")
  • Gegê Schall ("In Summation")
  • Natasha Alterici ("Aftermath")
Colors by
  • Marco Lesko ("Contagion")
  • Adam Guzowski ("The Big One")
  • Brittany Peer ("Ain't No Place For an Angel")
Cover by
Design by Nathan Widick
Edits by
  • Jake Williams
  • Jamie S. Rich
  • David Mariotte
Letters by
  • James Stokoe ("The Half-Century Bore")
  • Maki Takarada (Japanese calligraphy; "In the Shadow of a God")
  • Rus Wooton (all others)
Publisher IDW Publishing
Publish date May 15, 2024
Pages 100[1]
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Godzilla: 70th Anniversary is a one-shot anthology comic book from IDW Publishing. Featuring nine original stories from various creative teams, it was released on May 15, 2024.[2]

A deluxe hardcover edition, which includes a reprint of Godzilla: Best of Godzilla, will be released on October 22, 2024.[3]

Description

Celebrating 70 years of Godzilla! Since 1954, Godzilla has been King of the Monsters, and what better way to celebrate than with a gigantic anthology of tales that get to the heart of Godzilla’s lasting popularity! From the American Old West to modern Tokyo and beyond, this collection features stories of the King of the Monsters fighting with its allies like Mothra, against old enemies like the terrible Mechagodzilla, and reshaping the lives of all who fall in its path![1]

Plot

"The Half-Century Bore"

In 1971, Godzilla and Hedorah battle off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey. Colonel Schooler of the Anti-Megalosaurus Force (AMF) welcomes new recruits Mehmet Yilmaz and Ömer Bulut. He assigns them to Hedorah, a newly-discovered monster, and introduces them to the heads of the AMF's Godzilla team, Ota Murakami and Kentaro Yoshihara. Murakami explains that Godzilla has already barreled through the high-yield sea mines they laid down, and while they plan to deploy Maser batteries if the monsters near the city, for now they have nothing to do but wait. Just as Yoshihara warns them that monster fights tend to be lengthy affairs, Godzilla blasts Hedorah into pieces with his atomic breath. The Godzilla team leaders briskly depart, leaving Yilmaz and Bulut to clean up Hedorah's remains.

Work in Bosphorus Exclusion Zone is pure drudgery, and constant exposure to the Smog Monster even causes Yilmaz's hair to begin falling out. Their request to be reassigned to another monster is denied. By 1974, Hedorah's remains have been collected in a large coastal facility. Bulut is ecstatic to see an AMF helicopter, believing they're finally going to be transferred, only to be greeted by Murakami and Yoshihara. Yilmaz and Bulut are horrified, knowing that Godzilla can't be far behind, and soon enough, the King of the Monsters soon surfaces, speeding towards the facility. They desperately speed towards it in a jeep, pleading for Godzilla to stop as Murakami and Yoshihara question what they plan to do. Unmoved, Godzilla obliterates the facility with atomic breath, causing Hedorah to reform. Godzilla tears at Hedorah and tail-whips him, spreading around his sludge once more, as Yilmaz and Bulut despair.

"Contagion"

Tasked with creating diseases for the State Department, Dr. Mizuno realizes she has perfected a particularly deadly virus. As she shares her simulation results, her superior reveals that they have already begun testing the virus on a test subject - though Dr. Mizuno warns that the virus could grow and mutate. Unfortunately, her warnings immediately come to pass, as the test subject breaks free of its containment.

With the ability to expel Dr. Mizuno's deadly pathogen from its body, the insectoid monster made short work of the hapless individuals meant to contain it. Mizuno blames the general for unleashing the monster, but he reminds her that she signed onto the project knowing what she would be making. United World News reporter Martin Short captures the monster's attack on Tokyo. Now dubbed "Usuru," it shrugs off tank shells and retaliates with both its sharp legs and deadly virus. Eventually, Usuru reaches the shoreline, which promises to halt its advance, until the monstrosity sprouts a pair of wings from its back, allowing it to fly over the open water and potentially spread its virus across the globe. Just as the creature takes flight, however, Godzilla bursts forth out of the water and charges at Usuru, immediately pulling the beast out of the sky and biting into one of its wings. Usuru breaks free, but as Godzilla closes in once again, the insectoid monster lunges forward and stabs Godzilla with its proboscis to infect him with its virus. As Godzilla struggles to pull the monster off of his body, he begins to glow with energy, using his radiation to burn out the infection. Having stopped the virus from overtaking him, Godzilla promptly fires his atomic breath at the helpless Usuru while the monster remains caught in his grasp, annihilating it and its virus for good. Godzilla follows Usuru's path of destruction back to its source, leading him to Dr. Mizuno. Despite her pleas, Godzilla is quick to fire his atomic breath at her.

Dr. Mizuno then awakens to discover that Usuru and her encounter with Godzilla had been nothing more than a dream. However, the deadly virus she had designed is quite real. Accepting responsibility for what could happen if her virus was ever weaponized by the government, Dr. Mizuno lies to her superiors, telling them the virus is ineffective; deletes all of her research; and resigns. As she leaves the office, a ghostly image of Godzilla appears on her computer monitor.

"Of Gods and Con Artists"

Hara, a bodyguard for the patriarch of a minor yakuza family, throws a delinquent debtor out of a restaurant and threatens him, then welcomes in Ito. A scam artist specializing in fake kaiju artifacts, his offering this evening is sea monkeys modified to resemble Micro Form Destoroyah. Although Ito discerns that the patriarch still believes the Mechagodzilla plating scrap he previously sold him is authentic, he has nonetheless brought Dr. Kikuchi, a two-time visitor to Monster Island, to examine the Destoroyah. He recites his well-rehearsed story about tapping contacts in military research and development and private laboratories in the aftermath of the monster's emergence. His story is interrupted, however, by the roof caving in, which he realizes is the result of a Godzilla attack. Ito finds the patriarch crushed and picks up the briefcase containing his fake Destoroyah. Rather than flee, however, he heads for the roof, wanting to finally see a kaiju in person after telling so many tales about him. He reflects how quickly Godzilla overrode his concerns about being found out by the yakuza - but soon realizes that Hara is still alive and has followed him. Hara holds up a broken vial, now mostly empty, which Ito hadn't realized was missing from the case, and declares that the patriarch died for nothing but a fake. They fight on the rooftop, Hara easily overpowering Ito, as Godzilla duels Biollante behind them. Just before Hara can kill him, Godzilla severs one of Biollante's tendrils with atomic breath, and it falls on top of the gangster. Flowers start to bloom from the tendril, releasing spores. Ito considers grabbing one, but his attention is drawn again to Godzilla, reminding him how small he is no matter how genuine his wares.

"In the Shadow of a God"

A young girl watches an enraged and agonized Godzilla rampage through a Japanese city. She finds a trilobite in one of the monster's footprints and decides to bring it with her in a water-filled bucket. She watches a tank fire on Godzilla, only to be quickly crushed, and flees as fighter jets rain down missiles. Godzilla responds with atomic breath, shooting down all three of them. She closes her and eyes and opens them to see Godzilla's head bowed low, his eyes closed, and wonders what his story is. He leaves the city, returning to the sea. The trilobite extends its antennae to her, and she sets it free to chase after the monster.

"In the Darkness"

To be added.

"The Big One"

To be added.

"Ain't No Place for an Angel"

To be added.

"In Summation"

To be added.

"Aftermath"

To be added.

Appearances

"The Half-Century Bore"

Monsters
Characters
Weapons, vehicles, and races
Locations
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Bosphorus Strait (mentioned)
  • Cascade Range (mentioned)

"Contagion"

Monsters
Characters
  • Mizuno
  • Martin Short
  • Unnamed general
Weapons, vehicles, and races
Locations

"Of Gods and Con Artists"

Monsters
Characters
  • Ito
  • Hara
  • Dr. Kikuchi
  • Unnamed crime family patriarch
Weapons, vehicles, and races
Locations

"In the Shadow of a God"

Monsters
Characters
  • Unnamed girl
Weapons, vehicles, and races
Locations

"In the Darkness"

Monsters
Characters
  • Takao
  • Takao's mother

"The Big One"

Monsters
Characters
  • Pop
  • Lisa
  • Ray
  • Bo
  • Hector
  • Junie (photo)
Weapons, vehicles, and races
Locations
  • Unnamed town

"Ain't No Place for an Angel"

Monsters
Characters
  • Zadie
  • Rooster
  • Kay (mentioned)
  • Lucille (mentioned)
  • Harmon girls (mentioned)
  • Rachel May (mentioned)
Weapons, vehicles, and races
Locations

"In Summation"

Monsters
Characters
  • Tomoyuki Abrams
  • Tomoyuki's mother
  • Tomoyuki's father (photo)
Weapons, vehicles, and races
  • KRTD
  • KRTD ship
  • Propeller-driven fighter planes
  • Tanks
  • Howitzers
Locations

"Aftermath"

Monsters
Characters
  • Unnamed nurse
  • Unnamed tech billionaire
  • Unnamed father
  • Unnamed teenager
  • Unnamed reporter
  • Unnamed Japanese woman
Weapons, vehicles, and races
  • Allie
Locations

Covers

Monsters
Weapons, vehicles, and races

Gallery

Concept art

Covers

Scans

Trivia

  • "The Half-Century Bore" is the only story in this anthology that takes place within an existing Godzilla comic continuity. It is set between issues #2 and #3 of Godzilla: The Half-Century War, also written and illustrated by James Stokoe.
  • The reporter in "Contagion," Martin Short, works for United World News, the same agency that employed Steve Martin in Godzilla, King of the Monsters!. Like Martin, Short shares a name with a comedic actor.
  • On the television Takao is watching in the beginning of "In the Darkness", a butterfly with the wing pattern of Mothra can be seen.
  • The 1:25 retailer incentive cover by Tom Whalen features every monster from all five of the Godzilla films released in the 1970s, excluding stock footage appearances.
  • The issue was originally set for release on May 8,[1] before being delayed to May 15.

References

This is a list of references for Godzilla: 70th Anniversary. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Gigantic 'Godzilla: 70th Anniversary' Comic Coming in May from IDW". Godzilla.com. 10 January 2024.
  2. "Godzilla: 70th Anniversary Cover A (Su)". Penguin Random House Comics.
  3. "Godzilla's 70th Anniversary Deluxe Hardcover From IDW". kaijubattle.net. 29 February 2024.

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