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!
As I'm sure you know, Gigantis was the first sequel to the original Godzilla, but because it was picked up in the USA by a different distributor who didn't want to license the Godzilla name, it was decided to rename him Gigantis. I've seen the Gigantis version, and the re-scripting job on it is just awful... I'd love to see if any of the versions titled "Godzilla Raids Again" are any better!
Today's photo is of page 1 of Marvel Comics' Godzilla title, issue #16. This book was drawn by Herb Trimpe, who is perhaps better known for his run drawing the Incredible Hulk! He also drew Marvel's Shogun Warriors comic.
Wow, only three days into this blog, and I'm posting Gammera (or Gamera, if you prefer) stuff? Yeah, I probably didn't mention it explicitly before, but Gamera will be popping up here and there! I'm hitting my photo files completely at random, so there's no telling what will pop up any particular day!
Of course, you know that War of the Gargantuas is the sequel to Frankenstein Conquers the Earth... but did you know that both those films are in the same movie universe as Godzilla? It's true... one of the monsters from "Frankenstein Conquers the Earth" later appeared in a Godzilla movie!
So, here we are with the first post of this blog, which will focus on Godzilla, but also include other Toho creatures as well, from Mothra, Rodan, Toho Kong... even the Gargantuas! Every day, I'll feature a photo of a poster, still, lobby card, toy, or something else related to the Tohoverse of Kaigu Eiga (aka Giant Monsters)! I can promise you that there will never be a day missed, because I've already created the entries to be automatically published for the first full year of this thing!
The first posting? This poster:
It's an Italian "Photobusta", similar to a lobby card, for Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla!
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