|In the summer of 1976, Godzilla vs. Megalon was released in the U.S. and I fell in love with movie monsters.|
|Godzilla King of Monsters #10.|
Art by Herb Trimpe and Fred Kida
After impatiently waiting for the next model to arrive at a local craft store, the Presque Street Godzilla Fan Club would gather to watch the our defacto leader shave plastic nubs from freshly separated pieces and glue delicate joints. Assembly was required and it was magical. From a makeshift paint set, we were entranced as he meticulously painted the characetrs' scales and eyes: gold and red for the evil Ghidorha (or Monster X or Monster Zero) and dark green and black with white accent for Godzilla. Far too impatient and clumsy myself to build such beautiful creatures so paying a $1 to spend afternoons seeing my film idols come to life seemed an extremely fair trade at the time.
Each of us had a role. My role at the time, as it remains today, was to be the ever diligent expert fanboy. What American actor was spliced into the original Godzilla King of the Monsters! (released in 1954 Japan as Gojira) when it was released in the USA in 1956? I knew that that. Who won the epic battle in King Kong vs. Godzilla? Trick question, and I had that too!
Elementary school friendships end, movie theaters fall into disrepair (sadly, the Riviera showed x-rated movies before eventually being torn down) and hard copy magazines are pushed even further to the media margins thanks to the Internet, but in the end, some 30+ years later, for me, Godzilla carries on.