OK, it occurs to me that either there were two releases of "Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero" in Mexico, with a different title each time (Monsters of the Galaxies and Invasion of the Astro-Monsters), or one title was used in Spain, and one was used in Mexico. If I had to guess, I'd say that Monsters of the Galaxies was the Spanish title, and Invasion of the Astro-Monsters (seen above) was the Mexican one.
Here's another of those rare lobby cards I have in my photo files that's a high enough quality image that you could click this, download the high res version, and print it out on your printer and have a nice little mini-poster!
Pictured here are some of the Japanese "Encyclopedias" published about our favorite mutated giant lizard! These books are very fun to page through, even if you can't read Japanese! They're packed full of detaled drawings and photos, and I wish that they'd been reprinted in English!
A bit of a story behind this one, the first image I've shared here that's faked! A number of years ago, a much more popular blogger than I, Mark Evanier, posted a series of Dick Van Dyke comic book covers, published by Gold Key, in his blog. Problem was, Gold Key Comics never published a Dick Van Dyke series - nor did anyone else! Thanks to PhotoShop, it's easy to create your own comic book cover mock-ups.
Well, inspired by that, I thought, "You know, it's a shame there weren't any Godzilla comics until the Marvel series of the 1970s... it's amazing nobody adapted the movies at all!" So, I started searching for images to use, and I figured that at least the first few movie adaptations would've been done by Dell Comics, and at some point Gold Key would've picked it up (much like what happened with many other licensed properties).
Eventually, I would go on to mock up many more fake comic book covers, and during the year plus I was writing a column called "Cover Stories" for World Famous Comics, once a month my column would be titled "Comics They Never Made," and I'd feature these!
So here's the first one I'm sharing! There will be more!
I have no idea if this View-Master set is based on the Marvel Comics (as one might have assumed from the artwork, which appears to be adapted from Herb Trimpe's Marvel Comics artwork) or if it's based on the animated series... I'm pretty sure it's not based on the movie series!
You may have heard of Mattel's Shogun Warriors line of giant robot toys in the 1970s... you may have even heard of the Godzilla figure in that line... but did you know there was a Rodan figure? I'm not sure what's up with the three holes in Rodan's chest, there.
Here's the cover to The Monster Times #37, which cover-featured Gamera. The Monster Times was an all-too-short-lived but much-beloved newspaper-styled magazine that covered monsters, sci-fi, comics, and more! There were a number of Godzilla covers, too, so you'll be seeing more issues here!
I know, for a random arrangement, I shouldn't really have Kong Vs. Godzilla stuff two days in a row, should I? Well, it's bound to happen... I think you can see here what I was referring to in yesterday's post about the Italian pressbook, though!
I must say, after some of the Italian movie posters I've seen, this pressbook is pretty disappointing! I expected at least some new image of Kong and Godzilla created that wasn't just a multiple-generations copy from the US poster!
I'm guessing this 8-Track Tape is based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, and was probably a Peter Pan/Power Records production. I find it interesting that the artwork is Herb Trimpe's artwork from Marvel Comics' Godzilla #1 (this isn't the only time Herb's artwork got used for non-comics stuff).
Obviously, Gamera is known in Italy as "Kinkong." A similar thing happens with Godzilla in Germany, where he tends to be called "Frankenstein", as you saw on the "Son of Godzilla" German poster a while ago!
Obviously, in Belgium, Godzilla Vs. Gigan was retitled "Planet of Godzilla" or perhaps more accurately, "Godzilla's Planet." Nice to see Ghidorah and Anguilus there... but isn't that Godzilla figure swiped from one of the Godzilla Vs. The Thing posters?
Of course, this movie is probably better known as "Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla," although I've heard it's also been titled "Godzilla Vs. the Cosmic Monster." The "Bionic" in the title was due entirely to the success of the Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman television series at the time.
Here's the first toy to pop up in this blog, and it's Mothra! This is a much more modern piece than I usually save photos of (did I mention all these photos came from eBay auctions?), but I wanted to try to get photos of the Bandai figures of all the various monsters for my files... this may not have been a Bandai figure, for all I know!
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