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Kamerus in Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special
Alternate names Great Turtle (predecessor)
Species Giant snapping turtle
Enemies Godzilla
Written by Randy Stradley, Steve Bissette
Designed by Steve Bissette, Ron Randall
First appearance Latest appearance
Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special Godzilla #12

Kamerus is a giant turtle monster who first appeared in the 1987 Dark Horse comic Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special.


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.[1]


Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special

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.


"We Have Seen the Future, and It Has Been Destroyed by Godzilla"

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.



  • 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.


This is a list of references for Kamerus. 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]


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