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Top Five Greatest Monsters Marvel Created to Fight Godzilla

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2. Triax, Rhiahn and Krollar (Godzilla #13-14 by Doug Moench, Herb Trimpe, Fred Kida and Dan Green)

The giant robot Red Ronin aided Godzilla against the #1 monster on this list, but he also ended up helping Godzilla in his battle against the Mega-Monsters from Beyond. The first of which was called Triax…

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But then his two buddies show up, ready to destroy Salt Lake City…

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That’s an awesome visual, right?

Godzilla and his big giant robot buddy were holding their own until tragedy struck…

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Daaaaaaaaang.

Luckily, it was just a giant robot so the kid inside wasn’t killed. But then, to make matters worse, the monsters were then blasted with an energy ray making them even stronger than before. And now Godzilla was all alone!

The problem, though, it seems was more that Godzilla was fighting monsters who knew how to work together (unlike those stupid Demonicus monsters)…

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So Dum Dum Dugan comes up with an idea. Godzilla can handle these monsters, but only if it is a one-on-one fight, so Dugan and his SHIELD agents engage the OTHER two and let Godzilla fight one of them one-on-one and, naturally, Godzilla kills the Trollar…

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He then kills Triax…

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Leading to a rather grisly death in the battle between Godzilla and the final monster, Rianhn (sounds like a Fleetwood Mac song)….

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That is a twisted way to die and a pretty dang graphic death in a 1970s Marvel comic book.

1. Yetrigar (Godzilla #10-11 by Doug Moench, Herb Trimpe and Fred Kida)

Was there ever really any doubt?

Yetrigar was a Big Foot who was also irradiated and turned into a GIANT Big Foot…

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Yetrigar quickly etablishes his credentials by crashing a helicarrier (two helicarrier crashes in the first 10 issues of Godzilla – and this was back when crashing a helicarrier still meant something!)…

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Godzilla and Yetrigar fight in the freakin’ GRAND CANYON!!!

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What an awesome splash page.

The fight is pretty sweet (with whitewater rafters in the background)…

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Their fight is interrupted, though, by a new arrival…

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Yep, the next issue is a fascinating three-way battle as Red Ronin doesn’t want to hurt Godzilla but nor does he want to let Godzilla kill the innocent Yetrigar…

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The problem is that Yetrigar doesn’t appreciate that Red Ronin is trying to look out for it, so it instead attacks…

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This leads to Red Ronin, which, again, is piloted by a little kid, to make a tough decision – to KILL Yetrigar!

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{sniff}

We’ll pour a 40,000 ounce for you, Yetrigar. We’ll see you at the crossroads.

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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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