The Return of Godzilla (Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic Special manga)

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The Return of Godzilla
The Return of Godzilla (Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic Special manga)
Author(s) Kazuhisa Iwata
Publisher Shogakukan, Dark Horse
Publish date February 1985,
May 1988 (Dark Horse),
1990 (Dark Horse single volume),
May 16, 1995 (Dark Horse re-release),
1998 (Dark Horse re-release)
Genre Manga
ISBN 978-1569710630 (1995 release)

The Return of Godzilla (ゴジラ,   Gojira, lit. Godzilla) is a 1985 manga adaptation of the film of the same name written by Kazuhisa Iwata and originally published by Shogakukan in Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic Special.

The manga was published as a standalone paperback by Shogakukan's Tentomushi Comics label later in 1985. In America, it was republished by Dark Horse four times. The first, 1988 through 1989 release, simply called Godzilla, had the manga split into six issues. The second, 1998 through 1999 release, titled Terror of Godzilla and published under the company's Dark Horse Classics label, also had the manga split into 6 issues, but printed in color rather than in black-and-white. Dark Horse also republished the original Godzilla release as a single collected paperback volume in 1990 and 1995.


After considerable volcanic activity, Godzilla is stirred from his millions of years of sleep on the ocean floor, and heads into a world that has changed drastically since he ruled it. While surfacing, Godzilla collides with a boat at sea, the Fifth Yahata Maru. It is unclear if he actually attacks it, but he does roar and fire his atomic breath before Shockirus parasites that had been clinging to his body kill and drain most of the men on board, except for Hiroshi Okumura. While sailing, reporter Goro Maki approaches the ship and hopes to get a good story from it, but he is attacked by a Shockirus. It nearly kills him, but hie is saved by Okumura, who quickly passes out due to fatigue. Maki takes Okumura to the hospital, where he asks for him to tell his story to Makoto Hayashida, who fears that his story confirms the return of Godzilla.

Differences from the film

The manga follows the plot of The Return of Godzilla closely, although artistic liberties are taken.

  • Shockirus is depicted as a huge, six foot-long cockroach-like insect rather than a one foot-long isopod-esque creature. Furthermore, there are several of the creatures rather than a single individual.


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The H-Man

8 months ago
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It's the only manga I've ever read. :P

The King of the Monsters

8 months ago
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This was the first manga I ever read.


13 months ago
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Reply to my comment if this was your first Godzilla comic/manga.

Toa Hydros

45 months ago
Score 1

My Thoughts: The Return of Godzilla (Manga)

Much like the film on which it's based, the story is simple, but well-executed. Godzilla's return is presented with an almost apocalyptic vibe, reestablishing him as a destructive force of nature as opposed to a campy superhero. The human characters are also likable in their own ways. I like that there isn't a contrived human "villain" in this version, just a bad situation made worse by bad decisions, like keeping a control console for an orbiting nuke in the city that had already been trashed by the Big G once and in all likelihood would be his target again... Derp.

The art is a bit of a mixed blessing. Though the majority of the line work is pretty good, the black and white presentation is a bit of a problem. Though it depends on the story and artists involved, I've never been a big fan of black and white comics and manga (just a personal preference), so the lack of color kinda sticks out for me. At the same time, however, this also emphasizes the darkness and shadows cast onto Godzilla and his rampages, which often makes for a powerful and imposing image.

Overall, in comparison to the American cut of the film, this comic (and the film it's based on) really is the superior version of the story. It's narrative flows more smoothly, and it's lack of... political editing... makes it a lot less cliché.


48 months ago
Score 0
Wow, Godzilla returns?!


32 months ago
Score 0
Wounder where he went?
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