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Soran in Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special
Subtitle(s) The Thunderbird
Species Giant bird
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

Soran is a winged monster who first appeared in Dark Horse's Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special and later reappeared in the company's Godzilla comic series.


Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special

Bizarre incidents occurred all over Japan, one in particular happening over the East China sea as a jet airliner came into contact with a UFO as it traveled between Tokyo and Hong Kong. One witness described the UFO as unbelievably huge, and several others claimed that as the object traveled past them, large evil eyes stared at the plane and its occupants. Certain individuals believed that all of these bizarre phenomenon were linked to the recent unearthing of a peculiar slab at a construction site. Claiming that it was connected to the coming of the "Age of Monsters," it was said that the slab itself would bring forth "Disaster Monsters": great beasts of legend that have menaced humanity throughout ancient history, including Soran the Thunderbird.

Drawn to the beckoning call of the slab, Soran made a beeline toward Japan, where Godzilla, another monster of legend, had already ravaged most of Tokyo in his search for the slab. Realizing that the slab was connected to these creatures, members of the construction crew took it away via helicopters, with Godzilla in close pursuit. Soran intercepted Godzilla over Tokyo Bay, where the pilot of the helicopter franticly tried to dump the slab into the ocean. Luckily the Thunderbird's jostling of the aircraft managed to release the slab, pitching it into the deep. Both Soran and Godzilla plunged in after it, but Soran did not get far before needing to return to the surface as Godzilla continued to follow the slab into the dark depths of the ocean. With the slab no longer within reach, Soran hastily departed.


The mad scientist Mason contemplated bringing Soran 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.



Soran can fly.

Comic appearances



  • Soran was likely meant to evoke Rodan, being a giant bird-like creature, as Dark Horse did not license any of Toho's kaiju besides Godzilla himself.


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