|When It Comes To Giant Monsters And Tokusatsu Films Godzilla (Gojira) Is Called The King Of The Monsters For A Reason!|
Living in Central Florida I grew up on Dr. Paul Bearer's Creature Feature, which was broadcast from the time I was probably two until the death of host Dick "Dr. Paul Bearer" Bennick in the mid-1990's. Up until the time I was in middle school they ran two "horrible old" movies a week, and sometime before I can remember they used to run four. I credit Creature Feature for influencing Me to write a great deal. I was exposed to every horror genre there was, and Creature Feature most often showed foreign horror and science fiction movies from Europe and Asia as well as American classics from the 50's and 60's. It was sometime in the 70's that I saw My first tokusatsu films including: Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, Mothra, Gamera Vs. Gaos, The Mysterians, Return of Daimajin, The "Starman" serials, and admittedly My favorite movie of all time Mothra. As soon as I discovered them, until the time I moved to Missouri in 1994, I checked the listings every week hoping for a Japanese giant monster movie on Creature Feature. When I first experimented with writing I wrote updated versions of Godzilla and Mothra, trying to get the feel for characters outside of what came across on My television screen.
|Late 1980's Station Identification Card For Dr. Paul Bearer's Creature Feature|
|U.S. Poster For Godzilla Vs. Megalon: Brilliant Marketing Leads To Huge Disappointment.|
Before I ever had any kind of Godzilla figure I had The Godzilla Game. It remember it the most because I later came to realize that the concept for the game was loosely based on events from the movie Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero (Invasion Of Astro Monster). There was a playing field that you had to move around according to the number of times on a spinner. On that field were different colored space ships, each based of the Gemini capsule design influenced space ship from the movie. If you were unlucky a Godzilla would roar and pop out of the moon to snatch up your ship in his jaws as you went around.
|The Godzilla Game: Hours Of Entertainment|
Then I had a slew of Godzilla figures, beginning with that so much coveted 14 inch figure from Matel's Shogun Warriors collection, which had a fire tongue and a launching fist. Of course it was My favorite toy, and despite the fact that it only had small and triangular back spines, to this day I think it was the greatest Godzilla toy ever made. Of course it was toys such as him and others of the Shogun Warrior line which caused the first panic over toys with spring loaded weapons, and believe Me it was those flying fist and not the rockets a child could possibly swallow and choke on that were the most dangerous. It was thanks to that recall I never got a Colonial Viper or Cylon Raider when the Battlestar Galactica toys came out.
Marvel Comics got into the act with a Godzilla King Of The Monsters comic book that was actually set in the Marvel Universe. In the series he spent most of his time being chased by Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. But he also had some run ins with Devil Dinosaur, The Champions Of Los Angeles (though somehow Ghost Rider was absent from the battle), The Avengers and The Fantastic Four. In hindsight I would have to say that I would have never taken in interest in the Marvel Universe had in not been for that brief Godzilla series coupled with its equally brief Shogun Warrior title. Other epic events of Marvel Comics' Godzilla King Of The Monsters included Godzilla facing Doctor Demonicus, cowboys, a New York sewer rat (he had been shrunk by Mr. Fantastic), a giant Bigfoot monster, and a slew of space monsters that seemed more in step with creatures he would face in the Heisei and Millennium Era films, some of which became established events and characters of the Silver Age Marvel Universe.
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|Godzilla's Rampage ViewMaster Reels Featuring A Cover Swipe Of Godzilla King Of The Monsters #1|
It was around that time I began to be exposed to some more of the classic Godzilla films from the 60's on Creature Feature. In fact I became aware of Mothra through the film Godzilla Vs. The Thing (Mothra Vs. Godzilla). Of course I never understood then why they did not call Mothra Mothra in the U.S. release at the time. Later on I learned it was another of those brilliant marketing strategies. In the pre-release hype Mothra's identity was totally disguised as it was something so horrible it could not be revealed. Imagine the horror of the first group who went in to the theaters and realized they had been ripped off to discover that Godzilla was fighting a giant and kindly moth who's own film had been released in the U.S. a year or two before.
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|King Kong Vs. Godzilla Teaser Poster/Lobby Card That Appeared In The Book The King Kong Story|
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