Essential Godzilla, Vol. 1
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Essential Godzilla, Vol. 1 (Essential Godzilla #1)

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"You have your fear, which might become reality. And you have Godzilla, which IS reality." -From Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956) And what a reality it was! For two years, Japan's greatest export was one of Marvel's biggest stars, and the King of the Monsters upheld his title against some of the best and worst the House of Ideas had to offer - including the Fantastic...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published March 22nd 2006 by Marvel
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A fun read. Godzilla is moved into the marvel universe and allowed to stomp his way across the USA. Most stories read like a Godzilla movie, just replacing the Japanese army with the agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. and no surprise to anyone, the got their butts kicked just as badly.
The new monsters were hit or miss. I liked the giant Bigfoot, Red Ronin, but the aliens seemed pretty generic.

The best issues were the ones where they played around with the Godzilla formula and took chances. Godzilla vs the...more
Stephen Theaker
The first series of Godzilla films ended in 1975 (with Terror of Mechagodzilla) and the second began in 1984 with the Godzilla remake. This Marvel series fits neatly into the gap, being published between 1977 and 1979.

The story itself was ever so slightly dull, for me; the main interest comes from the unusual decision to integrate Godzilla into the Marvel Universe. (Imagine if Marvel had done the same thing with Star Wars? They did it with Doctor Who, though not to the same extent as this.) Ther...more
This was an amazingly fun, and bizarre, book, collecting the two years' worth of Godzilla comics that Marvel published in the 1970s. The series starts with Godzilla arriving in Alaska and tearing his usual swath of destruction down the Pacific coast before being halted by SHIELD (the Strategic Hazard Intervention and Enforcement Law Division) and a pre-teen boy piloting a giant robot. After that it seems like they weren't too sure of what to do with the character, but the series contiued for ano...more
Brad Dwyer
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Jason Seaver
Not a bad value for a $5 impulse purchase (24 issues of the Marvel "Godzilla" comic from the 1970s, in B&W rather than color); it's perhaps not quite as much fun as sticking Godzilla into the middle of the Marvel Universe perhaps should have been - he never gets to fight Fing Fang Foom, for example, and they don't dig out the crazy Kirby creations from the days when Marvel really specialized in monster comics.

It does, however, feature a couple issues worth of Godzilla going back in time to m...more
Apr 12, 2007 Andy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like goofy silver-age comics or Godzilla movies
Godzilla wanders across the Marvel Universe's USA! If that right there doesn't interest you, this comic isn't for you. It's wonderfully dumb stuff.

Doug Moench stayed incredibly faithful to the spirit of the Toho movies in these comics. It's got giant monsters, giant robots, Godzilla blowing stuff up for no reason, Godzilla saving lives for no reason, and, of course, the Japanese Kid With The Special Bond With Godzilla. But Moench doesn't stop there: he adds The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, SHIE...more
Sean Brennan
It must be said I thought the comics contained in this essential would ne lousy, but was rather good and just goes to show what can be achieved when a regular artist and writer are allowed to develop a comic book. Although it must be said there were some plot lines that were ridiculous such as this 100's foot tall lizard that had already decimated Tokyo, came as a complete surprise to the Americans(!), and how Godzilla was so hard to track across the mid western plains, but all in all I rather e...more
Devin Bruce
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Aug 13, 2007 Zachary rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: moonboys
Shelves: 2007
This one was a big surprise. I really expected it to mediocre tie-in crapola, but it's not. The plotting is clever, the dialogue isn't quite as over-the-top as the rest of the Jr Stan's over at 1970s Marvel usually wrote, and the non-Godzilla characters are 3D and important to the story. Herb Trimpe's pencils get a little lazy in places, but he brings the heat on the splashes. I can't believe it myself, but I fully recommend this collection. This is a great example of what is so awesome about Ma...more
A fun collection of Marvel's strange in-universe take on Godzilla.

The majority of the collection features SHEILD and an increasingly annoyed Dum Dum Dugan following the big G as he knocks things over but we get some giant robot fun and one stand out issue in Vegas that is almost Vertigo-esque.

As fun as the stories are, the terrible binding in the Marvel Essential editions make the collection itself very hard to recommend. Mine had become detached from the binding after only a couple of reads.
What happens when you have a capable writer who has to write a comic about a mute lizard? What happens when a hack artist gets assigned a comic based on a (then) not-particularly hot foreign property that is largely ridiculed by adults? You get Marvel's disastrous run of Godzilla comics...and they suck, hard.

Can you even imagine if Darrow could get his hands on this character as an artist? Or what about if Grant Morrison took us on a trip into the minds of a Mothra, or a Mechagodzilla?

People w...more
Khairul H.
A nice surprise. I thought it would be a stupid book (even by comic book standards) but it's actually quite good (by comic book standards). Godzilla is treated with respect as a character. He's a threat and the heroes of the 1970s Marvel Universe are having a damn time trying to contain him. Perfect for a long car trip or a rainy weeekend.
Rich Meyer
This volume contains all 24 issues of the Marvel Comics' Godzilla series. There's a lot of action, pathos, and good fun in these comical, which feature artwork by Herb Trimpe, best known for his work on the Incredible Hulk and being the co-creator of Wolverine. Definitely recommended reading.
Not as fun as you might think. The Herb Trimpe art is great as always, but you never quite get the feeling of the movies. Considering i just tried to think of a way to describe the feeling of the movies and couldn't, maybe it shouldn't be surprising.
Dan Look
What I learned was to never read this again. bad.....made the backs of cereal boxes and Bill O'Reilly's website look like great works. (I don't know why I expected this to be good....)
Nick Cato
I was surprised how well this held up over the years. The writing is (surprisingly) better than the latest Godzilla series from Dark Horse Comics. Great, addictive, fun stuff here.
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Doug Moench, is an American comic book writer notable for his Batman work and as the creator of Black Mask, Moon Knight and Deathlok. Moench has worked for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics and many other smaller companies; he has written hundreds of issues of many different comics, and created dozens of characters, such as Moon Knight. In 1973, Moench became the de facto lead writer for...more
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