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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Godzilla vs...the Avengers?!

Now that is what I call a crossover. It's stuff like this that you read in fan-fics. Godzilla vs. the Avengers, Godzilla vs. Gamera, Godzilla vs. the Cloverfield monster....but what if I were to tell you that he actually did meet the Avengers?

Wait, what?

It's true! Some people are not aware of the fact that Marvel had the rights to do a Godzilla comic series back in the 70's. In 1977, two years after the final Showa Godzilla film, Marvel released Godzilla: King of the Monsters #1, then the series went on for 24 issues, stopping in 1979. (That means the Godzilla franchise was really only dead for five years.) Despite the awesome-sounding concept of Godzilla in the Marvel universe, the actual series isn't that great. For one thing, the Godzilla design is plain awful. Take away the title, it could be any generic giant dinosaur. No detail, and for the love of mercy, he's bright green. Besides that, the series focused too much on the humans, especially Dum Dum Dugan, whom you're going to really want to punch by the series end. This comic however does provide the greatest crossover ever, Godzilla against the Avengers.

I just love 70's writing. This is what the series is known for, having the big G meet Earth's Mightiest Heroes. It's not a fantasy folks, and yes, they do fight. There is no winner since the kid asked Godzilla to leave, but the latter was winning. The only one that was giving any real competition was Thor, everyone else Godzilla was swatting away like flies. Also, if you want to see J Jonah Jameson talk tough to Godzilla, that here, and it's priceless. After Godzilla slaps (literally) aside Human Torch, Thor attacks him with Mjolnir with the narration box saying, "Pain--such as Godzilla has never before known..." The battle continues in the next issue with Earth's Mightiest fighting for dear life as Godzilla barely even notices them.

Got to love 70's melodrama. Want to see Godzilla and Thor do a tug a war match with the Empire State Building? That's here too. For awhile Thor managed to hold his own, then the Avengers did a last-ditch assault...which did nothing. It was only until this crying-all-over-the-place kid managed to stop Godzilla with true heart. After, the King went back to sea. Lots of emotion here in the final issue.

So yeah, just wanted to share that piece of history. When you think of Godzilla vs. the Avengers, remember it actually happened. While the series is anything but great, it did have Godzilla battle a bunch of Marvel heroes, with the biggest one being the Avengers. (And yes, it's safe to say that he would have won the battle.)

1 comment:

  1. Godzilla is the King of the Monsters for a reason! I do agree that he could beat J Jonah Jameson, but the rest of the Avengers....Still it was a cool crossover idea