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Top Five Greatest Monsters Marvel Created to Fight Godzilla

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

From 1977-79, Marvel did a Godzilla ongoing series. The series was popular, but after one year’s worth of stories, Toho charged Marvel more to renew the license for a second year. After that second year, they wanted an even larger increase in the license fee. The comic was no longer worth it so Marvel canceled it. As I detailed in a recent top five, Toho also wanted SEPARATE licensing fees if Marvel were to use any of their OTHER monsters, so Marvel had Godzilla fight Marvel heroes like the Fantastic Four, the Avengers and that bunch of lovable losers (well, losers, at least) the Champions. However, writer Doug Moench and artists Tom Sutton and Herb Trimpe also created BRAND-NEW monsters for Godzilla to fight. Here are the top five monsters Marvel created to fight Godzilla.

5. Ghilaron, Lepirax and Centipor (Godzilla #5 by Doug Moench, Tom Sutton and Klaus Janson)

In issue #5, Godzilla travels to an island of monsters created by Doctor Demonicus. The good doctor sends three of his best and brightest to take on Godzilla. They’re not exactly really all that great, so they’re the last on the list, but they’re still pretty cool…

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Lepirax actually temporarily leaves Godzilla to go try to kill Dum Dum Dugan in a SHIELD helicopter, leaving Godzilla just Ghilaron and Centipor to deal with…

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but Centipor does not last very long…

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Damn, Godzilla just SMOKED him.

Then, pretty much off panel while Dr. Demonicus is telling a captured Gabe Jones his life story, Godzilla was kicking Ghilaron’s butt…

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Now Godzilla steps into the battle between Dugan and Lepirax…

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Burned one monster to death and just squished the other one. Too awesome. I also LOVE the grin at Dugan.

4. Batragon (Godzilla #4 by Doug Moench, Tom Sutton and Tony DeZuniga)

The first one of Demonicus’ creations that Godzilla fought was an issue earlier, Batragon…

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Godzilla then tracked it down to Demonicus’ island lair…

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This led to the fights we saw in #5. Batragon did not put up an awesome fight, but the design was pretty awesome, so I have him at #4.

3. Beta-Beast (Godzilla #12 by Doug Moench, Herb Trimpe and Fred Kida)

In this issue, aliens bring Godzilla to the moon (and provide him with an aura of breathable air) and test him out by letting him fight the Beta-Beast. Yes, Godzilla versus an alien creature on the freakin’ MOON!

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It is crazy how violent these fights were. Godzilla is killing monsters like crazy. Too cool.

The aliens, as it turned out, were testing him to see if he could handle three rogue alien monsters. Those aliens come up on the next page!

The top two are on the next page!

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Arigato Godzilla! Arigato Red Ronin!

no pics of Beta Beast?

How shortsighted of Toho to price him out of Marvel’s range. He might have had a big movie release by now:)

Wow. I always assumed Yetrigar was some kind of Asgardian monster. I remember him showing up in ACTS OF VENGEANCE during the breakout at the Vault. I guess Marvel retains ownership of these things, eh?

Yetrigar was in the Vault there because earlier, towards the end of Steve Engelhart’s WCA, Mockingbird had freed him from the rockpile where Red Ronin and SHIELD left him in order to distract the team from following her to her confrontation with the ghost of the Phantom Rider. *whew*

Anyway, Doctor Pym — as Hank Pym called himself then — defeated Yetrigar by the not-at-all cruel method of enlarging a metal brace inside his ear, causing him to pass out from the pain. Then I guess they shipped Yetrigar off to a supervillain prison to be shoved into a cramped cell. That sure taught him to…er…exist!

No. The Mega Monsters battle is number one. Yetrigar doesn’t even rate.

Marvel owns all of the original characters from most of their licensed comics, which is why Yetrigar and Doctor Demonicus have shown up since Godzilla, and why Marvel can still use the Dire Wraiths and the non-ROM Spaceknights; and MOKF characters like Clive Reston, Black Jack Tarr, Midnight (Sun), Shockwave, Brynocki, and Razor-Fist. The Transformers and GI Joe licenses were exceptions, which is why characters like Death’s Head and Short Circuit got Marvel-only “early” appearances to ensure that Marvel retained ownership.

Well this lists shows why he’s “King of All Monsters” . Also is safe to assume that “Godzilla” is still in Marvel Continuity? Which means he could pop up again sometime soon perhaps?

The Godzilla stories are in continuity, but just like ROM, they can’t actually use him since they don’t have the license. I think there was a story that made it clear (but was legally vague enough) that Godzilla had turned into a new monster, but I think that monster is dead now.

The impact of the copyright rules is annoying, though, because not only can Marvel no longer use these characters, they can no longer REPRINT anything with these characters. (Marvel did release an ESSENTIAL GODZILLA collection a few years ago, but I think there was some weird burp in the license which gave Marvel a very limited window in which to do so.)

To illustrate: Marvel recently released a collection of 1980s Hulk comics which included issues #285 to #300. However, issue #296 guest-starred ROM. Marvel’s solution was to include #296, but ONLY the pages which ROM didn’t appear on–which is pretty annoying, because ROM was instrumental to wrapping up the events of that story. They did include a one-page text recap which explained what happened, referring to a “cyborg” which showed up.

Is there any particular reason we know of as to why Marvel redesigned Godzilla so badly. It really is a poor likeness that I imagine had to be intentional for some reason. They couldn’t even get the atomic breath right.

I think using Tom Sutton as the artist is probably part of the reason Godzilla’s look changed. He was the artist on DC’s first STAR TREK comic, and his rendering of the Enterprise — and sometimes the characters — didn’t place a premium on accuracy, let’s say.

By the way, Rhiahn’s “bio-blades” are posterior (at the rear), not anterior (at the front). Dictionary fail!

I’ve never understood why the owner of ROM hasn’t licensed it back to Marvel. It’s not like they’re doing anything with it. I loved that series as a kid.

this list proves that even in other media some creature has to be nuts and have almost a wish of death to go after godzilla. the king of all monsters.

The ROM thing really doesn’t make any sense why they can’t get the license. The toy was never very popular to begin with, and the comic is pretty much all people remember of ROM nowadays. Why wouldn’t the people that own the license give Marvel the rights to the comic appearances? It seems like even getting a little bit of money out of Marvel would be better than the zero amount of money they’re making off of ROM now.

Although I managed to put together a complete run of ROM in the bargain bins, and I’m sure other people have too. The longer they don’t allow Marvel to reprint those comics, the more people won’t be interested in them if and when they finally do.

Yetrigar was weak.
The Mega Monsters were the the s#*t!!!

I had no idea 1970’s Marvel Godzilla was so awesome.

“Eerie in pitch, like a thousand banshees wailing through a thunderbolt of glass, it grows louder…”

Travis Pelkie

May 19, 2014 at 1:12 am

Oh, man, I love that with the page where Dum Dum and crew take on 2 of the monsters so Godzilla can go one-on-one.

“Now, if this works, it’ll leave Godzilla with the horny one.”

Which is how baby Godzillas are made, I think.

Hasbro now has the license for ROM (or a ROM).

What did Doctor Demonicus say when Godzilla squashed Lepirax?
Oh, me and my big moth!

The creators of the new movie obviously read Godzilla #14.

And I don’t know who decided on the Godzilla look in America, but it leaked over into record albums too.

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And of course, the cartoon that came out at the same time.

http://youtu.be/oTItRfN-LO8

Omar:”Marvel owns all of the original characters from most of their licensed comics, which is why Yetrigar and Doctor Demonicus have shown up since Godzilla, and why Marvel can still use the Dire Wraiths and the non-ROM Spaceknights; and MOKF characters like Clive Reston, Black Jack Tarr, Midnight (Sun), Shockwave, Brynocki, and Razor-Fist. The Transformers and GI Joe licenses were exceptions, which is why characters like Death’s Head and Short Circuit got Marvel-only “early” appearances to ensure that Marvel retained ownership.”

Frankly, I’ve never been able to understand why MARVEL just doesn’t rebrand Rom. Give him a new visual and a new name.

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