by J.D. Lees of G-Fan
How did Godzilla
has two origins. In 1954, when he first appeared as King of the Monsters,
he was supposed to be a revived type of dinosaur that was roused
from an age-old sleep by H-bomb testing. In the late Eighties
he was given a new origin where he was a dinosaur, a Godzillasaurus
who survived to modern times and through exposure to radiation
became mutated into a 100-meter monster.
Is Godzilla good or evil?
Godzilla can't be classified as good or evil. He has become
like a natural catastrophe, like a hurricane. People know he's
coming and do the best they can to defend themselves. They wait
until he passes and repair the damage after he's gone. I don't
think anyone would classify him as evil any more than anyone
would classify an earthquake as evil. In the late Sixties he
took on the role of a superhero and he was definitely good. We
even saw children calling out his name when they needed help
fighting off monsters like Titanisaurus and Megalon.
What's your favorite Godzilla flick?
would go back to 1964 to Godzilla vs. the Thing (a.k.a. Godzilla
vs. Mothra), which was the first one I saw in a theater. My dad
took me to see it. I was a young boy at the time. It happens
that it's recognized effects-wise, story-wise and musically as
one of the high points of the series. Godzilla was still a deadly
menace, and the suits they used were some of the best. It was
a fantastic movie. The antagonist was Mothra and her two fairy
How does Godzilla defend himself?
Godzilla does not breath fire. He emits a beam of atomic
heat. A minor distinction, but it's important. He can fly, humiliatingly
enough for us fans. In Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, he used
his atomic beam as a jet propulsion unit. But that's the only
time that's happened and the hardcore fans think of the scene
as a bad dream. Godzilla is 100 meters tall now. When he started
he was 50 meters, but he's grown over the years. Some say this
is because he needs to keep up with the size increases of the
buildings in Tokyo. He's not invulnerable, but his cells are
able to repair so quickly that any injury immediately heals.
What does Godzilla eat?
He's never been shown eating. In Godzilla 1985,
he did take up the core of a nuclear reactor and seemed to absorb
energy from that. I've read books that say he feeds on sea creatures.
You have to wonder how a 100-meter monster possibly finds enough
you think of Hollywood's version of the Big G in Godzilla '98?
Blah! Is that concise enough for you? Some physical changes
for the classic Godzilla were necessary but they went too far.
Godzilla doesn't run from an army, he crushes it. The idea that
all they needed to kill him was a clear shot is idiotic. Mankind
doesn't try to stop or destroy hurricanes, but because Godzilla
is in the form of a living being, human ego tells us we can stop
or control him. The directors should have had Godzilla turn New
York into a holocaust. Instead, they had the army destroy the
Chrysler Building while Godzilla can't even destroy a taxicab.
Shall I go on?
by J.D. Lees
Tyson (blown up): Godzilla
King Kong (blown up): Godzilla
LAPD (regular): Godzilla
Power Rangers (blown up): Godzilla
Superman (regular): Godzilla
Mothra (regular): Mothra, in a squeaker
about Godzilla that warms your heart, especially if you're standing
too close when he sneezes. So the Big G destroys a few major
Japanese cities while taking pot shots at other monsters. So
he disrupts some traffic patterns and sends a gaggle of badly
dubbed scientists into a panic. He's still the King of Monsters,
and don't you forget it. J.D. Lees, editor of G-Fan: The Journal of Japanese Monsters, spreads
the gospel of Godzilla six times a year with tale-of-the-tape
comparisons with other mutants such as Mothra and Rodan (or King
Kong or the Power Rangers) and film reviews (Japan cranks out
Godzilla movies like America does action heroes). By far the
most entertaining part of the zine, even if you're not a monster
fan, is the letters column. "I seriously think Fire Rodan
would defeat Gyaos even if he lost his ray breath," argues
teen fan Robby Walsh of Washington, D.C., noting that Rodan can
fly while the rat-like Gyaos can't even turn his head because
he has two throats. A few paragraphs later, James Schafer of
Salem, Oregon, is asking how exactly the chunky Godzilla can
swim so damned fast. "The laws of physics cannot be skewed
that much," he writes. Hey Jim, you questioning Godzilla,
man? You seen the size of that guy lately? If he wants to swim,
he'll swim. ($4 from Box 3468, Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada R0A
material appeared in my fanzine, Chip's Closet Cleaner, Issue
Barry's Temple of Godzilla (site), Japan's Favorite
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