Monster of Month: Godzilla


We begin our new monthly feature with a look at Japan’s very first Dai Kaiju (giant monster), Godzilla.  Godzilla’s original statistics were unchanged in the first 15 films, although technically the original Godzilla was killed by the Oxygen Destroyer at the end of the first film, the second Godzilla, Gigantis, was discovered on Iwato Island in Japan’s south seas.  The third Godzilla rose from the depths in 1984 to begin a new series of films as a direct sequel to the first film, ignoring the events of the previous 14 films.  The fourth version of Godzilla, beginning thus another series, was strongly influenced by the TriStar design for Godzilla, and is the current version of the Big G currently in production.

Godzilla (1954-1975)


Height: 164 feet (50 meters)
Weight: 20,000 tons
Powers: Atomic heat ray.
First Appearance: Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956)
NOTE: Films listed in American release order.
Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956)
Gigantis the Fire Monster (1959)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)
Godzilla vs. The Thing (1964)
Ghidrah the Three Headed Monster (1964)
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1968)
Son of Godzilla (1968)
Destroy All Monsters (1969)
Monster Zero (1970)
Godzilla’s Revenge (1971)
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1972)
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1976)
Godzilla vs. The Cosmic Monster (1976)
Godzilla on Monster Island (1977)
Terror of Mecha-Godzilla (1978)
Godzilla (1985-1996)

Height: 328 feet (100 meters)
Weight: 66,000 tons
Powers: Atomic heat ray, nuclear pulse.
First Appearance: Godzilla 1985
Note: This version of Godzilla originally started off as 80 meters, but regenerated into the 100 meter form after people from Earth’s future tried to erase Godzilla’s timeline in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
NOTE: Films listed in Japanese released order with American release dates in parenthesis.
Godzilla 1985 (1985)
Godzilla vs. Biollante (1992)
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1998)
Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1998)
Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla (1999)
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1998)
Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1999)

Godzilla (1999 – 2004)

Height: 180 feet (55 meters)
Weight: 55,000 tons
Powers: Atomic heat ray.
First Appearance: Godzilla 2000 Millennium

Godzilla 2000 Millennium (1999)
Godzilla vs. Megaguiras (2000)
Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002)
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S (2003)
Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
Godzilla GMK Version (2001)

: 180 feet (55 meters)
Weight: 55,000 tons
Powers: Atomic heat ray.
First Appearance: Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monster All-Out Attack

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