The Official Godzilla Compendium

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The Official Godzilla Compendium
The Official Godzilla Compendium
Author 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!
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— Back of the book

The Official Godzilla Compendium is a 1998 informational book profiling the Godzilla franchise from the Showa series to the Heisei series.

Information

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 copyright icons of many of the monsters.

Description

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.

Contents

Gallery

Trivia

  • M.O.G.U.E.R.A.'s copyright icon in the first page is accidentally used twice, and the first time it appears it is backwards.[2] In addition, Megalon's copyright 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.

References

This is a list of references for The Official Godzilla Compendium. 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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Goji92

7 months ago
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This book is so inaccurate it even claims SuperMechaGodzilla killed Godzilla when that was debunked and he was only paralyzed from the waist down. I'm aware he was supposed to die in the film but that was scrapped. So maybe you should address that as well. Trust me that info is contradicting to most sources.
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Les

7 months ago
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Where and how was this 'debunked'? Is there a legitimate source that we could check which says this? I'm asking genuinely, as I'm not sure myself.
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Goji92

7 months ago
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Well you guys said Godzilla was only paralyzed from the waist down there for he was not dead. In fact he only has two official deaths. So idk why that was added when we all know he wasn’t dead in Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1993).
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Goji92

7 months ago
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Also no other sources from Japan or any other official Toho book says Godzilla was ever dead. And if that source was true then you would have listed it in the profile of Heisei Godzilla, Super Mechagodzilla and Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1993). But on those profiles it says nothing about Godzilla being dead from

His second brain being destroyed. He was only paralyzed. I mean you should know this. Regardless you should address that, this book is wrong about about Godzilla being dead in that film as the SuperMechaGodzilla profile in that book says that when there is no source to confirm that.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

7 months ago
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Wikizilla is not a collective; Les obviously didn't write that information on any of those pages. Anyways, perhaps we have better things to do than list every mistake in a 20-year-old book.
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G&G-Fan

18 months ago
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Am I the only one who thought it was strange that they didn't credit the other artist that drew the rest of the Kaiju? They only credit Arthur Adams.
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Gerdzerl Kinerfdamahnsters

18 months ago
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You're not. I honestly find it pretty strange as well. I wish they would've credited that artist as well. They draw daikaiju well and I'd love to see more of their work (assuming they have any, that they're still alive, or that it was only a single artist that drew the other kaiju artwork, that is).
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SkullIsland

18 months ago
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I wish they'd publish an updated version of this book.
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Pedro

18 months ago
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You Forgot Fire Rodan illustration.
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Titanollante

18 months ago
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I always found that backwards MOGUERA copyright symbol to be very odd...