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Top Five Greatest Godzilla Fights Against Marvel Heroes

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Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve one over the years.

For two years in the late 1970s, Marvel licensed the use of Godzilla for a comic book series. It was very popular, but soon became SO popular that Toho asked for a large license increase after the first year and an even larger increase after the second year and it just no longer made sense for Marvel fiscally, so they ended the series after 24 issues. For the most part, writer Doug Moench invented brand-new monsters for Godzilla to fight (as Toho required separate licensing fees for any of their other monsters) but throughout the series, SHIELD agents Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones and Jimmy Woo pursued the monster and on occasion Godzilla faced off against Marvel heroes (including one created for the series). Here, then, are the five best fights between Marvel heroes and Godzilla!

5. The Champions vs. Godzilla (Godzilla #3 by Doug Moench, Herb Trimpe and Tony DeZuniga)

I am surprised that the Champions didn’t just disband as soon as this fight was over, that’s how poorly they did against Godzilla.

First, let’s see the Champions at their base…

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Woah, woah, Black Widow, I wanted to know what Darkstar was doing! Was she doing her vaudeville routine? Doing her Yakov Smirnoff-inspired comedy act? I need to know!!

Man, even their Champscraft is awful (and what a terrible name for their vehicle, too)…

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What’s interesting is that that style of no roof flying craft was the standard type of vehicle for a while there in the Marvel Universe. Even the first Quinjet was like that. I guess that they were all based on the original Fantasticar.

The Champions were such an awful team that as soon as they arrive, they’re already being jerks to each other…

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Iceman, buddy, trust me, no one else gives a crap that you and Angel have been teammates before.

The Champions did have ONE notable moment in the battle, when Hercules impressively flips Godzilla…

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Of course, Godzilla gets right back up, but hey, Hercules DID at least knock him down.

Godzilla then destroys much of the Golden Gate Bridge (there’s a great point where, I shit you not, Blsck Widow yells to Hercules, “The Champscraft! It’s still on the bridge! Let’s save THAT at least!” Yes, Widow is already basically just calling it a loss and wants to at least not lose her shit).

I love this fight between Dugan and the Champions…

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YOU FORGOT ABOUT THE GIANT MONSTER?!? Also, Angel shouldn’t talk so soon, as the Coup de grâce is about to come…

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Yes, so not only did they not stop Godzilla, not only did they not stop Godzilla from destroying the Golden Gate Bridge, but Hercules flat out crashes a helicarrier! And this was back when crashing a helicarrier MEANT something!

4. The Fantastic Four vs. Mini-Godzilla (Godzilla #20-21 by Doug Moench, Herb Trimpe and Dan Green)

In the previous issue, Hank Pym had used Pym Particles to shrink Godzilla down to size. He still escaped, though, of course, and he found his way to a museum where the Fantastic Four got involved in the fight….

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You have to love Ben’s umbrage. Not even a blamed Japanese dionsaur, indeed.

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The reason this fight is low on the list is because it is just mini-Godzilla.

Sue tries to contain Godzilla but can’t pull it off. So Godzilla races away further into the museum and it ends up, of course, in a big shark tank…

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The fight continues to the next issue and is resolved very quickly…

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Reed uses Dr. Doom’s Time Machine to send Godzilla back in time to the age of dinosaurs. That sets up one of the later fights on this list!

3. Red Ronin vs. Godzilla (Godzilla #8 by Doug Moench, Herb Trimpe and Fred Kida)

The first few issues of Godzilla were leading to the creation of Red Ronin, a giant robot just like the popular giant robot Gigantor as well as the Shogun Warriors toyline (Red Ronin is essentially a Shogun Warrior). The robot was designed by this guy whose grandson was all, like, “No way, Godzilla’s cool! Don’t kill him!” and accidentally ends up stealing the robot and his brain is imprinted on the cybernetic controls, so only this little kid Rob could use the giant robot. In Godzilla #8, the robot is finally put into action against Godzilla and Rob initially tries not to fight…

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but soon he is right there with Godzilla and tries to transport him away from the city (Godzilla was terrorizing San Diego) but Godzilla breaks free, leading to the coolest sequence in the book…

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What an awesome splash page!

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However, Rob still feels he can redeem Godzilla, so when SHIELD attacks, he tries to defend Godzilla and has a momentary breakthrough…

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A few issues later, Red Ronin and Godzilla have a sort of team-up against a giant monster in the Grand Canyon. That’s cool, too, but since it was really a team-up, I don’t have it on the list.

The top two are on the next page!

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Yeah, the Champions. Definitely one of MARVEL’s less inspired creations.

I rather like the concept that they’d be heroes looking to protect ordinary people rather than fighting cosmic battles. Except of course, they proceeded to fight the same battles as everyone else.

I used to love this book as a little kid. Even then, though, although Trimpe had his moments, I never thought he got Godzilla right. The long skinny arms and too long snout just made him look weird.

Fraser:”I rather like the concept that they’d be heroes looking to protect ordinary people rather than fighting cosmic battles. Except of course, they proceeded to fight the same battles as everyone else.”

Yeah, when you can’t even stick to your mission statement, you know that you are in trouble. Frankly, the whole book came across as the Avengers-lite.

Man, it was great to be a little kid back then! My cousin had every issue, and I read as many as I could when my family would go visit. He and my brother and I each had the big Shogun Warriors toys too!

Man, those Godzilla and Red Ronin pages bring back some memories. Herb Trimpe was great.

One of my all time favorite series! This was one of the reasons why Marvel totally dominated the 70’s!

RE; The Champions,

I seem to recall reading somewhere that someone had observed that MARVEL’s team books* in the ’60s and ’70s all had names that were derived from TV shows: The Avengers (cf Steed and Peel, although Cathy Gale was Steed’s partner when MARVEL’s Avengers started), The Defenders (1961-65 TV show with E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed), The Invaders (1967-68 alien invasion TV show), and The Champions (1968-69 TV show about a trio of super-powered secret agents). Frankly, the idea seems somewhat dubious. Would Stan and Jack have even been aware of The Avengers in 1963, seeing as how the show did not appear on US television until 1966?

*Obviously barring the FF and X-Men.

That is awesome! Brings back a lot of childhood memories Thank you!

Wow, I had those comics back then. That’s some nostalgia there. Thanks for that!

“Iceman, buddy, trust me, no one else gives a crap that you and Angel have been teammates before.”

Brian, I love it when you’re this snarky. And no, that’s not sarcasm.

hulk vs Godzilla seria uma boa luta em

Marlowe, I think Fantastic Four and X-Men pretty much kill that one (and I believe the Defenders were originally going to be Titans Three). Though that said, it is an amusing pattern.

There was this Iron Man issue in the early 80s where Iron Man and the West Coast Avengers fight this giant, Godzilla-like monster. As a kid it always annoyed me how much it looked like Godzilla but was clearly a ripoff of him.

I later found out that it effectively WAS Godzilla. Marvel had lost the rights to him by then, so the character was “mutated” just enough to pass Trademark laws but the reader would know who he still was.

Wow…the Challengers VS Godzilla has to rank among the top ten epic fails by a super hero team.

Well that takes me back. I use to love that series growing up, always wondered what happened after he got shrunk and how the fight with the Avengers went.

My 7th grade Latin teacher took my issue of Mini-Godzilla vs. The FF. As revenge, I’ve forgotten almost all the Latin I ever knew.

NOT LITTLE BOY BENJi !!!

That splash page with Red Ronin, and the sequence leading up to it, is pretty fantastic. I wish they’d do something decent with the idea. :(

The Champions were ok, IMO.

With this segment, I believe Disney is now talking with the people in Toho for a potential crossover between Godzilla and the Avengers.

You guys messed up, the number one fight was Dum Dum vs Godzilla!!!! LOL

Actually, the Champions rocked! Read the books. Good stuff.

With this segment, I believe Disney is now talking with the people in Toho for a potential crossover between Godzilla and the Avengers.

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More like Disney will be in talks with Toho to buy the entire company so that they will now own Godzilla.

Travis Pelkie

May 15, 2014 at 10:32 pm

@Mark:

Cogito sum ergo Gojira!

I thought for sure the top spot would go to J. Jonah Jameson vs. Godzilla. But Devil Dinosaur was a lock for second.

Forget what Darkstar was doing. The real gold in that page is that Natasha makes it seem as if, had Daredevil stayed in San Francisco, she’d be all “Hey, that’s the blind man’s turf. Hope he takes care of the giant monster. Let’s get ack to enjoying that quiet moment Herc.”

I would love to Godzilla and Galactus go toe to toe

Great rundown! I loved this series as a kid and was surprised when it ended. Now I know why! Thanks for the information.

I wasn’t a big fan of Trimpe’s art on this. When the series first started, I thought he did a great Godzilla. As time went on, the Big G started looking a big overweight. Also, I think that his size kept changing (not just because of Pym particles). One last thing: I ‘m pretty sure Godzilla was not trying to climb the Empire SB – he was going to push it over. Hence the push-battle with Thor (who, quite frankly, should have lost).

What was Bing Crosby doing on the bridge of the Heli-Carrier?

A dionsaur… would that be a lizard that sings pop hits from the ’60s, like “The Wanderer” and “Runaround Sue”?

Also, there’s an awesome panel in #23 where Jonah chews out Godzilla from his window.

“Would Stan and Jack have even been aware of The Avengers in 1963, seeing as how the show did not appear on US television until 1966?”

It showed in Canada as early as 1963. Sooo…. slightly more plausible?

haha, who was the Fantastic 4 even fighting? That wasn’t Godzilla.

Loved this series, IMHO the only good American Godzilla project. Interesting to see how it prefigured so much of the second film series from TOHO.

Interestingly, these stories remain canonical, even if they can’t reference Godzilla. In fact, Red Ronin I believe has appeared since. I think when it’s brought up it’s just referred to as “that lizard-monster” or somesuch.

Doug Moench, writer of many dark, serious Batman tales…

Red Ronin showed up in Avengers. And as noted in this week’s Legend, Godzilla came back too.

Yeah, pretty much every character introduced for this series has shown up since, and a lot of the tech too.

That double-page spread of Big G vs the Avengers and FF led to many of my own fan drawings in the early 80s. Good stuff.

Also, Rob/Red Ronin? There are 30 miles of suburbs between San Diego Bay and the desert. You just killed thousands of suburbanites in sending him that way.

” There was this Iron Man issue in the early 80s where Iron Man and the West Coast Avengers fight this giant, Godzilla-like monster. As a kid it always annoyed me how much it looked like Godzilla but was clearly a ripoff of him. ”

That was a good issue in a really great run, as it was shortly after Tony had stopped drinking and was (gradually) resuming the role of Iron Man. Which meant that he fought Godzilla in a crappy makeshift armor resembling the original grey suit, and still managed to win (or at least drag the big G out to sea and not die in the process).

If nothing else, this post reminded us of how awesome Herb Trimpe is. People should be reminded of this more often. :)

I want to hear more about the Black Widow’s landing strip.

Chris Schillig

May 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Let me just go on record here and say that GODZILLA, which I bought off the rack back in the ’70s, is my favorite Marvel series of all time. The idea of members of the Marvel U interacting with Godzilla is perfect, and Moench and Trimpe, along with Tom Sutton on issues 4-5, milked it for all it was worth. A few years back, I bought the ESSENTIAL omnibus and read it straight through. So much nostalgia and so much fun.

Godzilla is so…. green.

@Donald- Oh no, you didn’t! ;-)

I particularly love the follow up issue of FF where the Human Torch dies of radiation poisoning.

And ShaunN is right. It wasn’t climbing, but a push of war. It actually ends not because either was winning but because the building was crumbing. Though how Thor is getting any force of push flying….oh, right, magic.

The fact that #1 wasn’t a Hulk/Godzilla battle is this series biggest missed opportunity.

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