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The Thing #31 (January 1986) and the Godzilla Marvel Legacy


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Godzilla, man, you got a drooling problem! It needs to be said…


The Thing #31 – Devil Dinosaur: The movie! (January 1986)
Writer – Mike Carlin
Penciler – Ron Wilson
Editor – Mark Gruenwald
The Thing 31 Godzilla

Godzilla just wants to be friend with his old metal pal!


Godzilla made one last official appearance in Marvel comics canon before disappearing into the ether. There have been several Godzilla-like creatures that will be discussed below, but as far as I can tell, they’ve never been officially counted as Godzilla. So let us tackle The Thing #31. The Thing is among the first comic books I ever bought. I bought two of those “comic book 3-packs”, one containing 3 issues of The Transformers and one with 3 issues of The Thing. While The Transformers became the series I would get every month and subscribed, The Thing became a series I would get in the quarter bins at comic shops, but it was still a good read (hence my buying them.) I was never that into the Fantastic Four, because Spiderman ruled all, but I often had extra money for cheap comics that would be good. Several images here are take from the Marvel Chronology’s entry of The Thing #31.

Ben Grimm (aka The Thing) goes to visit his friend, stuntwoman Sharon Ventura, who is working on a movie about Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur. Ben likes Sharon because she reminds him of a lost love, Tarianna. Sharon Ventura would eventually become Ms. Marvel, be a hero for a bit, be a villain for a bit, and then get replaced by a Skrull. Welcome to Marvel continuity!

Ben arrives and starts attacking Devil Dinosaur, because he doesn’t realize it’s a robot! But he’s not the only one to make the mistake, as out of the sea arises the reason we’re writing this entry: Godzilla!

Yes, he’s actually called Godzilla! Looks like someone forgot or thought that The Thing would be too under the radar for Toho’s lawyers.. .Godzilla has escaped from captured jerkoff Dr. Demonicus, thanks to Godzilla’s cunning plan of distracting the evil Dr. with Iron Man’s suit so he could get captured, at which point Godzilla probably just wandered out of the undersea headquarters. Or maybe SHIELD got off their lazy duffs and raided the compound and Godzilla got set loose that way.

The Thing 31 Godzilla

How dare that coward Godzilla not mindlessly destroy the robot and instead leave when he realized his mistake!


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Posted by Tars Tarkas - December 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm

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Godzilla #11 (June 1978)


Godzilla Marvel 11

Red Ronin is in the Choom Gang!


Godzilla #11 – Arena for Three! (June 1978)
Writer – Doug Moench
Penciler – Herb Trimpe
Editor – Archie Goodwin

When last we left Godzilla, a rumble was afoot between Big G, Yetrigar, and Red Ronin. And now the rumble will happen! If you need a reminder of the cast, stop by the Godzilla Marvel Splash Page, and check in on everything with March of Godzilla 2013!

The three monsters (Godzilla, Red Ronin, Yetrigar) battle, with Robert trying to help Godzilla, but Yetrigar is good at fighting them both. Some river rafters get caught in the crossfire, while Robert in Red Ronin is oblivious to their plight.

Dum Dum and Gabe get in a fighter and fly after the monsters, while the crashed Behemoth begins repairs.

Robert also doesn’t want to kill Yetrigar because the yetrigar of legend are supposed to be related to men. Even though this one has clearly lost it and is a danger to everyone. Of course, Robert also doesn’t try any real nonlethal attacks, either.

Robert eventually sees the Yetrigar is mad with rage and can’t be reasoned with, and will kill them both if he doesn’t kill it first. Robert has learned that sometimes the world is shades of grey. An important lesson. Robert buries Yetrigar under the side of the canyon (where he will remain until he pops up some time later in the West Coast Avengers!?!!) Dum Dum and Gabriel Jones end up saving the river rafters, if you were worried about the safety of these random one-issue flavor characters.

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Red Ronin is just making excuses now…


Godzilla then wanders off, his work done. His work being to start a fight and then watch someone else end it. Robert flies away in shame that he had to take a life and is a fugitive from SHIELD.

Now that Robert is a murderer, will he come to grips with the fact that Godzilla might have to be put down like a foaming mouth dog? Or will Robert have learned an important lesson about monster morality, and which monster is good and bad? More likely, Robert learned that being an adult means you have to sometimes make adult decisions that you don’t like, but have no other choice.

And just wait until you find out what he learns next month!

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - May 23, 2013 at 6:38 am

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Godzilla #10 (May 1978)


Godzilla Marvel 10

I might be just a tiny yeti now, but I’m drinking milk!


Godzilla #10 – Godzilla vs Yetrigar (May 1978)
Writer – Doug Moench
Penciler – Herb Trimpe
Editor – Archie Goodwin

A new monster who will be a King Kong analogue, sort of, and more giant robot action as Red Ronin returns. Yes, it’s more Marvel Godzilla comic fun! If you need a reminder of the cast, stop by the Godzilla Marvel Splash Page, and check in on everything with March of Godzilla 2013!

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Godzilla is a big fan of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid!


In the deserts near Arizona, Godzilla wanders near a nuclear test area, where an underground blast a few months back somehow traveled via underground caves to Alberta, Canada, and a frozen Yeti-caveman was thawed out and irradiated so he grew huge. This is an actual origin story, folks. The now gigantic Yeti-caveman then wandered all the way back to the desert nuclear blast site without anyone noticing.

Yetrigar tosses a giant rock at the Behemoth carrier, which promptly crashes. D’oh!

Soon Godzilla and Yetrigar battle at the Grand Canyon. It is the grandest fight the canyon has ever seen since Pecos Bill and Teddy Roosevelt exchanged fisticuffs.

Robert steals Red Ronin again while Jimmy Woo and Tamara Hasioka are making googly eyes at each other. Can’t anyone take the keys out of Red Ronin and keep them in their pockets or something?? This robot is easier to steal than candy from a sleeping baby.

Robert in Red Ronin flies to Godzilla’s location, and sees him battling the mosnter. Robert claims yetrigar are a giant yeti legend from Japan, and thus we now have a name for the new monster.

Red Ronin soon pops up in the middle of their battle, turning it into a three-way brawl. At least, it will be so, next issue! Until then, we gotta wait. And wait. And wait! Thanks goodness this isn’t 35 years ago and I already have the next issue!

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Yetrigar goes all Captain America!


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Posted by Tars Tarkas - May 11, 2013 at 6:44 am

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