Godzilla (Marvel comic)
Godzilla, also called Godzilla, King of the Monsters on its covers, is a comic book series published by Marvel Comics. Placing Godzilla into the context of the greater Marvel Universe of Earth-616, 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 the Champions, 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 at the time and, at the same time, avoid referencing it too directly. It also integrated Godzilla into the Marvel Universe of Earth-616, making use of many of its main regular characters, such as the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. 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 films, but other than Godzilla himself all other monsters were new creations. Likewise, the JSDF are absent, but S.H.I.E.L.D. effectively fills its role in the story.
In March 2006, Marvel reprinted the series in black-and-white as a trade paperback in their Essential Marvel series. A hardcover book in their Marvel Omnibus line will reprint the series again in color and on higher-quality paper in October 2024.
Godzilla's first appearance in the U.S.
Godzilla vs. Lepirax
Godzilla vs. Thor at the Empire State Building
- Marvel's Godzilla introduced Godzilla's trademark icon, which would be used in almost every piece of official Toho Godzilla media to follow. Toho would also later create trademark icons for most of their other monsters.
- At 24 issues in length, Marvel's Godzilla remained the longest-running Godzilla comic book series of all time until 2015, when IDW's Godzilla: Rulers of Earth surpassed it by one issue.
- Dark Horse's later Godzilla comic series shared the same title as Marvel's, but only lasted 17 issues numbered 0 to 16.
- With the Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong collaboration comic book in 2023, Godzilla has appeared in the universes of both DC and Marvel Comics.
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