An Interview with Henry G. Saperstein

An important person associated with Godzilla and Toho movies in the United States is the late Mr. Henry Saperstein (1918 - 1998) who was president and chief executive officer of UPA Productions of America. UPA has owned the licensing and merchandising rights to Godzilla since the 1960s, and Mr. Saperstein had been responsible for the release of several Toho movies in theaters in the United States. In 1995, Mr. Saperstein was kind enough to take time out from his busy schedule to meet with John Rocco Roberto. Roberto: The first obvious question is: How did you get involved with Toho? Saperstein: I was approached (at UPA) by some of the marketers and they were looking for solid, theatrical-quality monster pictures.
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So Just How Big Is Godzilla?

A Model Builder's Guide to Godzilla's Size Changes                                                    Contrary to what the English dub of the original Godzilla, King of the Monsters would have us believe, Godzilla was never "over 400 feet tall". What follows is a history of Godzilla's height, or correctly, increase in height. In the 1954 Japanese original, Dr. Yamane estimates that Godzilla is 50
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The Six Faces of The Master

A Chronological History of The Doctor’s Greatest Enemy
History VortexA Chronological History of The Doctor’s Greatest Enemy           A History Vortex Conflict. All great literature is a series of conflicts. Whether drama, fiction and yes, even science fiction, a good story features a series of conflicts between an antagonist and a hero (or heroes). Like our own lives, we yearn to see adversity triumphed over, the good
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Davros, Daleks, and the Question of Their Origins

When Terry Nation's Daleks first appeared on British television back in December 1963, their immediate success at capturing the imagination of the British public spawned what the media titled “Dalekmania.” Ever since those early days the questions of their origins has caused major debate within fan circles. Terry Nation himself, penned four separate origin stories for his creations, each different
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An Online Interview With Satsuma and Nakajima

To kick off the events of G-CON'98, long time kaiju fan Aaron J. Smith arranged with the SciFi Channel an online interview with Godzilla suitmation actors Haruo Nakajima and Kenpachiro Satsuma. This was the first ever Internet chat with celebrities from the Japanese sci'fi genere and it was but one part of the online activities which took place over the
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The Ultra-Family Who’s Who

When Ultraman came into my life in the early 1970s, I mistakenly thought that he was the only hero from M78. Oh, how wrong I was! I discovered the other members of his family quite by accident, while attending a comic’s convention in the 1980s. There was a video presentation by Dave Studzinski, in which he ran an episode of Ultraman 80, explaining that this hero was one of the Ultra-Brothers. I was shocked, since I didn’t know Ultraman had brothers, or sisters for that matter. Way back in Ultra-Fan #2 (before the zine was later named Kaiju-Fan) I did an Ultra-Family "Who's Who" covering all the Ultra-Beings (all the way up to Ultraman Zearth) at the time. Since there
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Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot

        A Complete Guide to Toei's 1960s Sci/Fi Series THE BACKGROUND From the pen of Mitsuru Yokoyama and Toei Co., Ltd., a hero was born. Prior to 1968, the American public had very little knowledge, if any at all, of Japan's live acton series. The west's only exposure to the fantastic world of giant heroes and monsters
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An Interview with Kenji Sahara

One of the most prolific of all Toho's science fiction actors, Kenji Sahara (born Tadashi Ishihara) first appeared in kaiju eiga (monster films) as an extra in Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1954). In 1956, he essayed the lead in Toho's first color sci-fi film, Rodan, and has since portrayed a wide variety of screen heroes and villains. He appeared
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The Complete Akira Ifukube Interview

Conducted by David Milner Translation by Yohihiko Shibata Akira Ifukube, one of Japan's most highly regarded classical composers, passed away in February 2006 at the age of 91. He scored GODZILLA - KING OF THE MONSTERS (1954), TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (1975), GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (1992), and many other science fiction films. He also scored numerous dramas and period movies. In
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Godzilla’s Continuing Adventures On The Small Screen

Part One: The Hanna-Barbera Cartoon “Up from the depths, 30 stories high, breathing fire, his head in the clouds. Godzilla, Godzilla, Godzilla….and Godzooky!” These were the infamous words that greeted Godzilla fans every Saturday morning from 1978 until 1981. Hanna-Barbera Studios’ Godzilla cartoon was an interesting take on the King of the Monsters, and is a chapter in Godzilla’s history
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