The Official Godzilla Compendium

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The Official Godzilla Compendium
The Official Godzilla Compendium
Author(s) J.D. Lees,
Marc Cerasini
Publisher Random House
Publish date March 24, 1998[1]
Genre Reference
ISBN ISBN-10: 0679888225
What's green, 400 feet tall, and eats trains for breakfast? If your answer is Godzilla™, you're wrong, and you need this book!

— Back of the book

The Official Godzilla Compendium is a 1998 informational book written by J.D. Lees and Marc Cerasini, illustrated by Arthur Adams, and published by Random House, profiling the Godzilla franchise from the Showa series to the Heisei series.

Information[edit | edit source]

The Official Godzilla Compendium is 144 pages long and was released on March 24, 1998, published by Random House. The book was written by J.D. Lees and Marc Cerasini, with original illustrations by Arthur Adams and guest essays by Kenneth Carpenter, Randall E. Osborne, John J. Pierce, Randy Stradley. It was compiled and edited by Alice Alfonsi and the cover and interior design were done by Susan Lovelace. Stills, posters and official concept art are included in the book's pages from Toho.

The book contains an introduction, information and images from all 22 of the Showa and Heisei Godzilla movies, profiles of the main series monsters, an overview of the Dark Horse Godzilla comics, the Random House Godzilla books, the Godzilla suits, guest essays titled "A Dinosaur Paleontologist's View of Godzilla," "Godzilla at Dark Horse Comics," and "Godzilla as a Parenting Tool," a filmography table of Godzilla movies, and the trademark icons of many of the monsters.

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Beginning with his birth in the heart of a nuclear explosion in the 1954 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, The Official Godzilla Compendium has everything you ever wanted to know about the King of the Monsters. Published in cooperation with Toho, the Japanese studio that produced Godzilla's first 22 films, it takes an intimate peek behind the cameras and a nostalgic look at all of his movies. It even compares all of Godzilla's giant monster friends and foes by height, weight, wins and losses! Packed with photos and illustrations, movie summaries, and entertaining essays that cover all aspects of the last 40 years of Godzilla, this is the only official compendium published in America. Written by J. D. Lees, editor and publisher of G-Fan magazine, and Marc Cerasini, a New York Times best-selling author of nonfiction.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Moguera's trademark icon in the first page is accidentally used twice, and the first time it appears it is backwards.[2] In addition, Megalon's trademark icon is missing from this page.
  • The bio for Godzilla in this book does not acknowledge the fact that the 1954 Godzilla and the Godzilla featured in the remainder of the Showa series are separate individuals. It also treats the 1984-1989 Godzilla and the 1991-1995 Godzillas as separate creatures, when they are actually both the same Godzilla.
  • The Official Godzilla Compendium remained the last official English-language encyclopedic book about the Godzilla franchise until Welbeck Publishing released Godzilla: The Official Guide to the King of the Monsters in 2022.

References[edit | edit source]

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