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A collection of information about and pictures
of magazines that reference or deal wholly with Toho entities
(listed in chronological order of issue).
Monsters of Filmland
Length: 100 Pages
Release Date: March,
a doubt, one of the most famous non-G-Fan Godzilla-based
magazine issues has to be #114 of Famous Monsters
from 1975. This 100-page special issue concentrates entirely
on the Big G and his monstrous co-stars, along with other
Toho-made monster movies of the time. Nowadays, this issue
is quite rare, and a mint condition issue of this can fetch
a rather hefty price. The front sports an awesome shot of
Godzilla and Rodan, and Godzilla's design eerily foreshadows
the character's general 1989-1994 appearance.
The issue, as advertised on the front cover in big letters,
is all about Japan's Monsters. It takes a few pages to
get into the monster stuff, but when it begins, it doesn't
let up. The first kaiju-based part of the magazine is
titled "Godzilla! King of the Creatures!". This
section, spanning a decent 11 pages, details the events
of the original 1954 movie in small chapter-style paragraphs.
The next big article, "Monsters From Japan: Out of
the East, Beast after Beast", centers around the
various kaiju that have emerged from Japan (mostly Toho)
from the time period. It features several photos and also
reveals information on different monsters, movies, and
even includes a rather long list of the films in which
the monsters star.
What's so interesting about this issue, especially given
the time, is that it doesn't use the American titles of
the films, but instead the International ones. Godzilla
vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) isn't titled Godzilla
vs. The Bionic Monster and, miraculously, it uses
Raids Again (1955) title as opposed to Gigantis,
The Fire Monster.
Moving on, a two-paged spread from Godzilla
vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) features a four way
fight between Godzilla, Anguirus, King Caesar, and the
villainous Mechagodzilla. Another nice thing I noticed
in this issue is the use of the kaiju names. Gigan isn't
once labeled as a "giant chicken", for example.
In fact, the magazine goes out of its way to give out
the true (at the time) name of Minilla: Minira (or Minya
as it follows) instead of the obnoxious "Tadzilla"
(which is used a few more times, but in a joking
manner). One minor complaint about the names is that Mechagodzilla
is labeled Mecha-Godzilla and Mechani-Kong is simply called
Page 40 begins a detailed article centered entirely around
the timeless classic Frankenstein
vs. Baragon (1965), known as Frankenstein
Conquers The World in the United States. This article
is split into chapter-like parts much like the prior Godzilla
one, but also features many publicity shots of the two
monsters (even some information about the Giant Octopus
cut scene is included).
The issue then splits into two parts centered around
Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) and Mothra
(1961) and then veers into its crown jewel: "The
Return of Ghidrah" (that, shockingly, uses the "Astro-Monster"
name). Once again, this section is put together in chapter-like
sections and also features many pictures. This then leads
into a similarly constructed section all about Destroy
All Monsters (1968). The issue proceeds to fall
back to its normal course and displays covers of past
issues, ordering instructions, and prices.
Famous Monsters of Filmland
Length: 72 Pages
Release Date: January,
much here, but in an article chronicling monsters from the
deep, various Toho kaiju flicks receive mention. Varan,
Godzilla, and Ebirah (as “The Sea Monster”)
all manage a nod. There is even a picture showing the infamous
scene where Godzilla lifts Ebirah up into the air. Part
of the article quotes Raymond Burr, word-for-word, when
Godzilla rises up from the sea to strike in the American
version of the original G-film.
Length: 90 Pages
Release Date: March,
basic magazine from the '70s, Famous Monsters #141
features a 10-page focus on the monster king himself, Godzilla.
Reading through the first page, any diehard Godzilla fan
can easily note the obvious mistake where it is claimed
(1954)'s Japanese release was 1955. The article covers many
grounds throughout the Godzilla series, and then some. Rodan,
King Kong (the Toho versions), and the original Mothra all
get a brief nod in the article entitled "Godzilla vs.
Not only does this article get the original's release
year wrong, but several others as well. Godzilla
Raids Again (1955) is said to have been released
in Japan in 1959, and it even says Anguirus is "another
fire-spitting monster." It could be said in defense
that the dates simply refer to the American versions,
but even then, the article jumps back and forth between
them. At one point, self-contradiction is painfully apparent
with the release of Ghidorah,
the Three-Headed Monster (1964) (at one point
listing the Japanese release date and then later on posting
the American release date, never with any clarification
as to which is which).
On a side note, Minilla is referred to as "Tad"...
and not in a joking manner either. Ugh.
Those Cracked Monsters
Length: 50 Pages
Date: July, 1980
is Those Cracked Monsters? Well, I’m not
too sure myself. I’m gathering its some type of
MAD Magazine-type that features MST3K-style jokes, but
most of the time they just aren’t all that funny.
Take the Frankenstein
vs. Baragon (1965) one. Get it? Italian food?
Not Mexican food... Italian food? Ha-Ha-Ha! Classic. Out
of curiosity, I wonder if any previous or following issues
brought up the “Mothra’s small body, massive
Length: 66 Pages
Release Date: May/June,
I go into this particular issue of the infamous G-Fan, let
me say that this was my first issue... and last issue for
a long, long time. Originally found by my dad when I was
only six years of age, the issue was quite some time ago.
When I discovered that G-Fan was still running
strong, it was an issue I just had to get back.
There were several parts of the magazine I desired to see
again, including the awesome cover and the nifty fan-made
stories on the inside. Recovering the issue, there was one
major thing that I noticed that I had never knew before,
and it wasn't one of the major articles...
Printed on page 5 is an article based around the Trendmasters
line of figures. Some of the figures are well known considering
that they were actually produced... yet there were some
who had not earned such a distinction. Did anybody else
actually know that Trendmasters also acquired
the rights to Kamacuras, Gabara, Manda, Hedorah, Ebirah,
and Baby Godzilla? I know I didn't. Also featured on page
5 is a short article about the Dark Horse comics;
and then comes the first big article of magazine: "Gamera
vs. Godzilla", written by Ed Godziszewski.
This section spans a grand total of two pages and, for
the most part, compares Godzilla
vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) to Gamera:
Guardian of the Universe (1995). For anybody
wondering, Gamera is the decided winner overall. Following
this, not surprisingly, is another Gamera-based article
written by Steve Ryfle.
After these two articles, the issue kicks into the fan
mail and offers answers along with some nifty artwork.
Speaking of the artwork, there is one particularly awesome
image on page 15 that features a good handful of Showa
Era monsters, including Godzilla. This section then breaks
way into "Godzilla in America - Part 5: Monster Island!"
I can only guess that the previous installments were featured
in previous issues. This six page section focuses on Destroy
All Monsters (1968) and All
Monsters Attack (1969).
After this, the issue comes into its shining glory. Entitled
"Battles of Godzilla", Godzilla's 1974 battle
with Fake Godzilla is recreated perfectly (in comic form)...
climaxing with the inevitable reveal of Mechagodzilla's
Fan art of Biollante and Miki from Godzilla
vs. Biollante (1989) is featured in the center,
with subsequent fan fics including "Ebirah vs. the
Giant Chef from Space", "Power Rangers vs. Godzilla",
and "Legend of King Kong vs. Mothra". In coming
years, the fan fiction section would inevitably find itself
removed due to legal snafus.
The last major entry in this issue is "Bigger than
Life! An interview with Henry G. Saperstein". This
issue concludes with fan mail, info on "The Attack
of the Super-Allosaurus" (which is supposedly a book-length
Godzilla adventure written by Neil Riebe), and finally
reviews of collectibles and VHS releases.
Length: 100 Pages
Release Date: October
issue of Entertainment Weekly puts the big gray
guy at number #28, which is pretty significant when you
take into account that the issue is listed as "The
Galaxy's Top 100". In other words, taken in context,
Godzilla is (was) considered more important then even Jurassic
Park (1993) which came in at number #29. In fact, since
the top 100 takes into consideration not only films, but
books, magazines, comics and even video games, Godzilla
is one important icon in the history of Science Fiction.
At least, he was considered thusly way back in
the latter part of the 20th century, by the then editors
of Entertainment Weekly. The cover even features
the Big G in all his glory from the 1984 remake. The interior
article, along with a shot of that famous paste-up of Godzilla
(with the train in his teeth) relates his importance as
being a proxy for man's foibles with nuclear energy (nothing
new here) and how they preferred suitimation to the computer
generated iguana of the 1998 Tri-Star remake (there was
Length: 66 Pages
Release Date: September/October,
with the front cover, this issue of G-Fan sports a very
attractive picture of a recreation of the battle between
Godzilla and Hedorah. The magazine, however, focuses mostly
on two things: Godzilla
2000: Millennium (1999) and G-Fest 1999. Starting
with the first few pages, issue #41 offers several production
photographs of Godzilla and Orga from the first Millennium
Series movie. Unfortunately, besides having an enriching
amount of photographs, this opening falls short on any basic
information about the film.
This leads into a very lengthy interview with legendary
composer Akira Ifukube
that spans several pages and then bleeds into a short
biography about the man behind the marvelous music. Afterward,
the entire mid-section is all about G-Fest and has a ton
of information about the convention; this isn't surprising
either, considering J.D. Lees, the owner of the magazine,
is the father behind the gathering. The next section goes
into a sort of documentary on the subject of the original
Godzilla being a representation of America at the time.
The decided answer is "no".
A shocking part of this issue is another interview, but
the interviewee is Volker Engel. For those of you who
don't know, he was the Godzilla SPFX supervisor for the
1998 remake. Apparently the man had been present at G-Fest
'99, but, interestingly, there is no mention of the reception
he had received. After the interview, we go into basic
fan fiction work, this one entitled "The Journal
of Dr. Rex Summeral: To Catch a Kaiju (Part 7)".
I never got a chance to read the other parts, so I'm at
a bit of a loss as to what it is exactly about.
The next part of the magazine is a sort of Gamera autobiography
that goes over the flying turtle's own career (both Showa
and Heisei) through his own eyes. This then leads into
several reviews for books (including Japan's Favorite
The last bang we get in #41 is also the best thing it
has to offer: "Battles of Godzilla". This issue
features a gorgeous, and I mean gorgeous, remake of Godzilla
and Megalon's battle. The fight is brutal and the art
easily rivals, and in some way surpasses, that of the
Dark Horse comics. Megalon is given a great,
Heisei-style redesign and for your viewing pleasure, I
have scanned a sneak preview. Gabe McIntosh really has
a great gig going with this battle. Besides the remaining
pages of fan mail, the issue comes to a close at the common
count of sixty-six.
Length: 114 Pages
Release Date: January/February,
super-sized edition of G-Fan just so happens to be the 10th
Anniversary Issue, for those of you keeping track! The cover
sports a beautiful image of the GMK Godzilla thrashing a
city, while the back shows off the atomic saurian towering
over an ever-so-doomed metropolis. Spanning 114 pages, this
special issue begins with various articles, including a
piece on Godzilla
Against Mechagodzilla (2002) and some information
about the famous monster's appearance on the Minneapolis
TV channel: Horror Incorporated. This leads into
a Japanese toy magazine article, which is closely followed
by a brief look into American Kaiju (especially fan-made
homages, including one monster dubbed "King Komodo").
A little bit further into this issue, and a series of pictures
and information on Toho, Kadokawa (then Daiei), and Tsuburaya
props are shown on display at different locations. This
is my favorite part of #60, since it features a great deal
of never-before-seen photos of everyone's favorite kaiju
on display for the public. Gamera and Iris can be seen,
and so can King Joe and Baltan from Ultraman. Even mechs
and space creatures, like Moguera, Mechagodzilla, and SpaceGodzilla,
show their faces. This part of the magazine even covers
ground on Kamen Rider.
Moving along, a synopsis involving Yoshimitsu Banno is
included, and then some much-needed appreciation for the
Giant Octopus is brought center stage. Then there's a
bit of fun: Frankenstein vs. King Kong, a look
into the idea that was destined to eventually bring about
the greatest clash of the previous century (King
Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)). We are then treated
to a nice six-page article on The
Return of Godzilla (1984) (with nifty publicity
material to boot). A four page spread appears next, centered
around the fan favorite reptilian, flying squirrel: Varan.
The magazine continues with collectors checklists, a
look into fan made suits, and even an interview with a
Heisei-era suit actor. Finally, this issue comes to a
close with a chance to enter a contest to win... an autographed
DVD from the Heisei series!
Length: 74 Pages
Release Date: January,
overly spectacular here, but Godzilla does receive brief
mention in an article about filmland’s famous Tyrannosaurus
rexes. Covering numerous movies and versions of the dinosaur,
from The Valley of Gwangi (1969) to the Rex
in Land Unknown (1957), this article also manages to
cover two of Toho’s films. Godzilla is featured at
the bottom of page 46 (along with Anguirus) in Godzilla
Raids Again (1955). It's a production still; meaning
you can see Eiji
Tsuburaya giving ole' Goji some instructions, while
some technicians help Anguirus' actor get into the suit.
On Page 47, it lists King
Kong Escapes (1967) as the sequel to King
Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), a common mistake among
casual and non-fans alike. Nevertheless, it is
interesting that Gorosaurus receive a nod (not by his true
name, as he is dubbed "Toho-saurus" here). Sadly,
the commentary on the fight between Kong and Gorosaurus
is, shall we say, less than nice.