I love, love, love, love, love these Godzilla comic book covers. I have had these images sitting in a special folder on my desktop for a few months now as general art inspiration and now that I'm posting about them, I cannot figure out where I found them originally! I feel horrible! I thought it might have been from one of my favorite blogs, Monster Brains, but I can't seem to find these images there (on the plus side, there are a ton of other Godzilla images to look at over there).
For some, Godzilla is a by-product of nuclear fallout in Japan that was a sort of reminder of the destructive effects of such a nuclear weapon. For others, especially Americans, Godzilla is simply a giant monster, often battling other monsters while simultaneously making a mess of the city it inhabits. The differences in interpretation here are the result of this Japanese character being marketed to US audiences. Apparently, we're just too dense to read the underlying messages here so Hollywood just turned him into a destructive monster without all that messy subcontext about war and weapons of mass destruction.
Now though, it seems like the true Godzilla meanings are making their way to American audiences at least in the latest incarnation of the film franchise.
A look at how the recent Godzilla Resurgence is a true tribute to the original Godzilla films through the use of stop-motion, frame rate manipulation, costumes, and puppetry. I still haven't seen the most recent film and now I'm more excited than ever to sit down with it.