Updated on 16 October, 2021
Godzilla is one of the more popular monsters from the Godzilla series of movies. He is portrayed as a big green monster who is both a threat and a hero to many of humanity's heroes. Godzilla has always appeared in a wide range of comic books which have been printed in Japan and the USA. He appears in the first Godzilla comic book, and is featured heavily in almost every Japanese Godzilla film since. There are various versions of Godzilla which have appeared throughout the years, but all have the same characteristics - giant monsters that need to be contained by means of a huge ocean tank.
Godzilla is very different from the other creatures which appear in the Godzilla movies. His size is calculated to be somewhere between ten and twenty tons, and he weighs in the range of sixty to seventy tons. This is because he needs to be contained by a floating island which is called the Mother Cocoon in Japan, and his habitat is located at the Pacific Ocean. In the Godzilla films, Godzilla is portrayed as being very old - some estimate his age to be three thousand years old - and he is very large compared to the other sea creatures in the series.
Godzilla's three constituent parts are the King Kong-like Godzilla, the mighty Toho monster King Kong, and the adorable (and terrified) Kumonga. Godzilla had originally been designed with a large radioactive containment tank which was later changed into an X-ray machine to view the inner depths of the huge volcano which lies on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The radiation emitted by this volcano has caused Godzilla to transform into the huge creature we know today.
When Godzilla goes on his quest across the planet, he encounters many formidable monsters such as Rodan, Jezilla, Godzilla's father King Kong, and even Godzilla himself. It is because of these formidable foes that Godzilla was created, and that he retains his rank as one of the most popular characters in the Godzilla series to this day. The original Godzilla films are widely considered to be amongst the greatest films ever made in Japan, and have achieved an international following. One of the main reasons for this is that the original Godzilla movie featured the legendary actor Toho superstar Godzilla himself. Godzilla became iconic not only to Japan but to the rest of the world thanks to his performances in the Godzilla movies.
Many Godzilla fans are unaware that Godzilla is not the only fictional character to make use of the Japanese phrase "Kiryu" (which means "awesome" or "great") in his filmography. One other great Godzilla comic character is the evil dragonoid robot Gigan. Gigan was designed by Dr. Lightner, who also created the character Xenon in the Godzilla films. Gigan was the first of all the Godzilla creatures to be given a full color comic book series, and he was also introduced in the Godzilla vs. Godzilla film. In the series, he is shown to be born with the ability to fly, which he uses to destroy any marine organism in his path.
Like Godzilla, Gigan was created by the King of the Monsters. However, he has had quite a few different appearances throughout the years, most notably in the Godzilla vs. Godzilla: King of the Monsters cartoons. In fact, the Godzilla franchise was really the very first Japanese animated comic book series to feature a fictional character. This is why many Godzilla fans are so familiar with the names of the characters such as Rodan, Kumonga, and M Godzilla ( Godzilla Meet restart ). Unfortunately, none of these Godzilla Comic book appearances have been filmed, so we will never truly know just how interesting Gigan was.
In the Godzilla movies, Godzilla fought a number of different enemies, but the three primary ones are always portrayed. There were two monsters who were almost as powerful as Godzilla himself (the stomping menace of Godzilla's Foot soldiers and the genetically-altered giant insectoid known as Neeloids), and there was the third kind of threat - the silver-spotted giant bug named Hedorah. The monsters and creatures who appeared in the Godzilla films are all featured as a member of the King of the Monsters. The insectoid Mothra and the arachnid king ceratinus were two of the more interesting M Godzilla appearances as well.
Some of the most interesting Godzilla information can be found in the Godzilla Comics. These short one-panel manga-length stories feature various aspects of the Godzilla mythology, from the original Japanese story to the different movies and specials. While it may take some time for some Godzilla fans to read through all of the different short stories featuring the King of the Monsters, they certainly serve as a great source of new information for those interested in learning about the different creatures who frequented the land when Godzilla was on the scene.