Art by Yasushi Torisawa
Giant Monsters attack!
30 Days, 30 Monsters | day seven
So, I love me some fucking kaiju. And for whatever reason, my absolute favorites tend to be the absolute dorkiest. Take, for instance, Rodan.
Rodan is a big ol’ winged birdy monster with some chicken-like tendencies. Rodan started out as a standalone but was later merged with the rest of Toho’s canon and, like most kaiju, ended up throwing down with Godzilla. Rodan is one of the only kaiju unaffected by Godzilla’s atomic breath, making up for his general lack of armor or brute strength. The simple act of flying is destructive with Rodan, the flapping of his wings sometimes leveling entire cities. He’s also super fast.
I first watched Rodan with my dad when I was a kid. My father, who was six when the first Rodan came out, saw it when he was a very young boy and it fucked him up for a good long while. The threat of Rodan flying overhead and destroying his house was a very real one. It makes sense, since the initial appearances of Rodan are much more rooted in horror-sci-fi than some of the later crossover Toho films. I don’t quite know what inspired my father to grab his young daughter and subject her to the same thing that horrified him as a kid, but it might give some insight into who I am today.
I figured #legendfromthedeep would appreciate this dumb thing I did :)
This makes me think of the kids’ book “Who’s Afraid of Godzilla?” from Random House.
Tickets for a double feature with Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster (1964) as the B picture.
Someone can’t deal with the cognitive dissonance of liking both the old and new Godzilla/Gojira
Oh man. I love these.
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Monster Island’s roster in Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths is Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah (!!!), Battra, Rodan, Kumonga, Anguirus, and Titanosaurus. Gigan appears on Cover A of issue #4, but not in the story itself.
Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths #1 (2011)
Words by John Layman
Art by Alberto Ponticelli, colors by Jay Fotos, letters by John Layman
Yeah, I’ve always wondered how well Ghidorah got along with his neighbors…