The Godzilla Comic

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The Godzilla Comic
The Godzilla Comic
Author(s) Hiroshi Yokoyama, Minoru Kawasaki, Kia Asamiya, Tatsuya Tomimoto, Shinpei Ito, Koichiro Yasunaga, Yutaka Kondo, Ryu Hariken, Kenichi Matsuzaki, Tamaki Nozomu, Akio Jissoji, Reijiro Kato,
Kazuko Yumeno, Ken Ishikawa,
Kazumine Daiji, Yamada Takahiro
Publisher Takarajimasha
Publish date January 1990
Genre Various; anthology
ISBN ISBN-10: 4880637920
ISBN-13: 978-4880637921

The Godzilla Comic (THEゴジラCOMIC,   Za Gojira Komikku) is a Japanese anthology comic published by Takarajimasha, Inc. in January of 1990.[1]


Contents

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The Godzilla Comic is an anthology comic featuring the work of a vast number of different artists, and 15 original stories. The tales vary from humorous parody to darker themes. The chapters are:

  1. Original Story: Godzilla (ORIGINAL STORY GODZILLA,   Orijinaru Sutōrī Gojira) by Hiroshi Yokoyama
  2. Godzilla² (ゴジラ2,   Gojira Tsū) by Minoru Kawasaki and Kia Asamiya
  3. POSEIDON (POSEIDON,   Poseidon) by Tatsuya Tomimoto
  4. Tokyo Godzilla Group (東京ゴジラ団,   Tōkyō Gojira Dan) by Shinpei Ito
  5. Godzilla vs. Bonsai Daughter (ゴジラ対盆栽娘,   Gojira tai Bonsai Musume) by Koichiro Yasunaga
  6. Strange Tale of Genroku Period Odo Island (元禄大戸島異聞,   Genroku Ōdotō Ibun) by Yutaka Kondo
  7. Monster Warrior Godzilla (GODZILLA怪獣戦士,   Gojira Kaijū Senshi) by Hurricane Ryu
  8. Godzilla: Nightmare Option (GODZILLA-悪夢の選択,   Gojira Akumu no Sentaku) by Kenichi Matsuzaki and Tamaki Nozomu
  9. Tiny Godzilla (小さなゴジラ,   Chīsana Gojira) by Akio Jissoji and Reijiro Kato
  10. Last Seen (ラストシーン,   Rasuto Shīn) by Kazuko Yumeno
  11. Warning from G (Gからの警告,   Jī kara no Keikoku) by Shinobu Kaze
  12. Godzilla vs. Chief Yamada (ゴジラ対山田課長,   Gojira tai Yamada Kachō) by Ken Ishikawa
  13. Godzilla's Resumed Earth Defense Battle (ゴジラ再び地球防衛決戦,   Gojira Futatabi Chikyū Bōei Kessen) by Kazumine Daiji
  14. Gojira-kun (ゴジラくん,   Gojirakun) by Yamada Takahiro
  15. Godzilla, Young Guy, and I (僕とゴジラと若大将,   Boku to Gojira to Wakadaishō) by Minoru Kawasaki

Chapters

Original Story: Godzilla

Godzilla²

In a comical short by comedian and Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit (among other things) director Minoru Kawasaki, Japanese pop idol Yuki Saito is invited to join the Earth Defense Force, and uses her singing to pacify Godzilla during one of his rampages.

POSEIDON

English Fan Translation:

Tokyo Godzilla Group

Another satirical take, this time poking fun at the various conference sequences of the Godzilla and other Toho monster films.

Godzilla vs. Bonsai Daughter

In a tale with a clear inspiration from Godzilla vs. Biollante, a human-bonsai creature defends the world from Godzilla. This story is more atmospheric in nature, and Godzilla only appears, in silhouette, in a single panel.

Strange Tale of Genroku Period Odo Island

In 1701, Godzilla appears and battles a group of Edo period Japanese samurai.

Monster Warrior Godzilla

Created by conceptual artist and suit actor "Hurricane" Ryu, this story depicts Godzilla and other Toho kaiju as humanoid warriors from an alternate reality. Thanks to an advanced human army, they are on the verge of extinction. Godzilla agrees to do battle with them alone, but not before killing Biollante, the traitor who gave the humans the Spirit of the Wood Nymph. Baragon also informs him of a legendary sword, shield, and suit of armor that fell to Earth when the rift between the human and monster realities opened. Godzilla arrives in Japan, swiftly destroys the human's undersea forces, and acquires the armor. A Markalite GYRO launches him into space, but he escapes after it collides with a meteor. He dispatches the humans' space forces, including the Gotengo and Gohten, then takes on the Super X and Super X2 with equal success. Burrowing underground, he seemingly kills the Japanese Prime Minister before rescuing the Wood Nymph. She prepares to close the rift. The Prime Minister takes on Godzilla at the helm of Jet Jaguar, backed up by Mechagodzilla, Moguera, and Mechani-Kong. Their weapons wound him, but just then, the hero's sword and shield emerge from a fissure. Jet Jaguar hops onto a motorcycle as the Prime Minister raves about the need for humans to colonize the monsters' world, so as to replace their own polluted planet. Godzilla finishes all four mechs off with a blast of atomic breath, then returns to his reality, ascending in a beam of light.

Godzilla: Nightmare Option

In this story Godzilla battles a monster named Gandora, and at the end mutates into a "Super Godzilla" type form.

Tiny Godzilla

Written by Ultraman (among other things) director Akio Jissoji, a love story takes a turn when its revealed the object of a cameraman's affection is actually an alien attempting to control Godzilla.

Last Seen

Warning from G

Easily the strangest and most controversial story in the whole book, a martial arts master learns a special killing technique to use against Godzilla. Against all odds the move works and Godzilla is killed, though at the cost of his own life, leaving his pregnant wife a widow. Not long after the child is born, he starts behaving strangely, and he reveals that he is actually Godzilla reincarnated in human form before attacking his mother. The story from there takes a ride through the spirit world.

Godzilla vs. Chief Yamada

Another humorous story that's something of a crossover with the author's own Salaryman-style comic character.

Godzilla's Resumed Earth Defense Battle

Written and illustrated by Daiji Mine, Gigan and King Ghidorah return and Godzilla and Mothra defend the Earth from them.

Dr. Testsuichi Serizawa, the nephew of Dr. Daisuke Serizawa, warns that due to the continued release of Freon gases and other pollutants, the Earth is in peril. Making an appeal to humanity, Serizawa gives a plea on live television showing strange phenomena throughout the world. Mothra appears in the Arctic mid-broadcast. Subsequently, Serizawa and the others are interrupted when Gigan appears in Tokyo and begins a rampage. A wounded Godzilla shows up and engages Gigan, before King Ghidorah appears. King Ghidorah and Gigan nearly kill Godzilla before the water begins to freeze. Using spears of ice, Godzilla retaliates and sends the space monsters fleeing.

It is revealed that Mothra was spraying her threads in Antarctic not to create a cocoon, but to save the planet by restoring the ozone layer with her web. Mothra then dies, as a result of wounds from King Ghidorah and cold. The manga ends with Dr. Serizawa realizing there was an alien conspiracy and warns humanity of this tragic turn of events.

Original

English Fan Translation:

Gojira-kun

Appearances

Monsters

Godzilla vs. Bonsai Daughter

Monster Warrior Godzilla

Godzilla: Nightmare Option

Warning from G

Godzilla's Resumed Earth Defense Battle

Gojira-kun

Gallery

Trivia

  • "Monster Warrior Godzilla" features multiple Toho monsters who at the time had yet to cross over to the Godzilla series: Space Beastman, Sanda, Maguma, Kamoebas, Griffon, Bat Man, Gezora, Meganulon, Mechani-Kong, and Moguera. Space Beastman and Bat Man are all depicted as kaiju-sized, despite being roughly human-sized in their film appearances.
    • One of the people also mentions kaiju "Gomora", probably referring to kaiju from the Ultraman franchise

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References

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