Some monsters are surprisingly small, no bigger than a person or smaller still. They intimidate psychologically or with supernatural powers, not with size and strength. But then there are monsters that are big. Giant monsters are easy to understand. They are to humans what we are to ants, and we all know all too well how many ants we've stepped on.
With Monsters Unleashed going on at Marvel, and Kong: Skull Island currently in theaters, this feels like a great time to pay tribute to the various giant beasts and kaiju that have graced the covers of comic books for about as long as comics have existed.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.
This week we’re taking a look at some of our favorite giant monsters and kaiju in comics. Though kaiju are generally more closely associated with the silver screen and its many examples of actors in oversized suits fighting among undersized buildings, comics have an abundance of city stompers to celebrate as well. Hopefully this list will help you settle any and all future kaiju-related arguments.
When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
If you've got a friend who got into kaiju with this summer's Pacific Rim, then here's a good gift that'll let 'em see the influences: A box set of the '90s Gamera trilogy on BluRay for eight bucks. Eight. Bucks.
Once again, the fine folks over at Pink Tentacle have blown our minds with an insanely awesome piece of Japanese pop culture: a set of Pachimon Playing Cards.
Released in the early '70s by the QP Corporation as promotional material for mayonnaise -- a secret origin that only makes them even crazier -- the set features 53 truly ridiculous knockoffs of the only-slightly-less-riduclous original monsters from Japanese pop culture...
One can't say enough about the disgraceful state of our children's education system, particularly its pronounced contempt for biology and the other life sciences. It's as if we decided as a society to to fill the heads of a generation of kids with only the most useless and asinine facts, figures and images rather than what actually matters: Once, a long time ago, it was really, really important that kids knew what Japanese movie monsters looked like on the inside...
For those of you who have been experiencing a distinct lack of giant monster fighting in your lives today, take heart, because we've found exactly what you need! This week, the Monster Brains blog has been posting a truly amazing collection of kaiju movie posters from all over the world, in which the distinctly Japanese Godzilla rampages all over Poland, France, Germany, and elsewhere:
It all adds up to an incredibly fun collection, and we've got a few of our favorites -- featuring appearances from other monsters, including a giant, wolrld-conquering Frankenstein -- after the jump...
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