Godzilla Saves America: A Monster Showdown in 3-D
Godzilla Saves America: A Monster Showdown in 3-D is a picture book written by Marc Cerasini and illustrated by Tom Morgan and Paul Mounts. It was published by Random House on October 29, 1996. The 3-D effect is achieved through ChromoDepth glasses, which use a prism-like film to make red objects appear closer than blue objects in the same image.
Acting on orders from Hunter D Nebula aliens, King Ghidorah arrives on Earth and launches an all-out assault on France, culminating in the destruction of Paris. As he moves on to the rest of Europe, Japan's U.N. ambassador reminds world leaders that Godzilla was able to defeat the three-headed monster in the past. As if listening, Mothra calls the King of the Monsters up from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. He follows her into San Francisco and across the United States, having a brief encounter with Rodan at Mount Rushmore. The U.S. military elects not to attack him, as he seems to be avoiding unnecessary destruction, and launches a futile naval strike against King Ghidorah instead. Godzilla and King Ghidorah collide in New York City. Just as the space dragon gets the upper hand, strangling Godzilla with his long necks, Mothra distracts him with her sonic antennae beam. Her gale-force winds, combined with a tail whip from Godzilla, bring a skyscraper down on King Ghidorah's heads. After that attack, he retreats into space. A grateful planet watches as their two giant defenders return home.
- Cerasini would reuse several story elements from this book in a novel he wrote the following year, Godzilla 2000, such as King Ghidorah attacking Paris, Rodan building a nest on Mount Rushmore, and Godzilla traveling across the continental United States through Mothra's guidance before confronting King Ghidorah in New York City.
- All four kaiju appear identical to their respective Trendmasters toys, though the book is not an official tie-in.
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