Kamerus' name comes from kame (カメ), the Japanese word for "turtle." Stephen Bissette's proposal sketch for the creature's predecessor had the placeholder name Great Turtle.
Kamerus' name is only spoken in Godzilla #0, which included a retelling of Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special. Writer Randy Stradley later clarified that "Kamerus" referred to the turtle monster from that earlier story.
Kamerus was a colossal monster who roamed the Earth alongside similar creatures as well as dinosaurs millions of years ago. During this time, Kamerus clashed with fellow monster Godzilla. When the removal of an ancient radioactive slab from a construction site in modern day Japan caused several of these monsters to awaken, including Godzilla, Soran, and Inagos, Kamerus was not seen among them before Burton Helzer managed to sink the slab in the ocean and draw them away from civilization.
The mad scientist Mason contemplated bringing Kamerus and other monsters from the past into the pacifist future of 2299 to dominate the planet, although he was devoured by Godzilla before he could realize his plans.
Great Turtle proposal sketch by Stephen Bissette
Kamerus confronting Godzilla in a flashback to prehistoric times
- Kamerus was conceived as a surrogate for Anguirus, as confirmed in Stephen Bissette's 1987 proposal sketch of the creature. This influence was more explicit in this sketch, which gave the monster a shell covered in spikes similar to Anguirus. Kamerus' final design opted for a simple turtle-like shell, with spikes along its outer rim.
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