(Cover by Herb Trimpe)
Published and © by Marvel, Sept. 1977
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“Thunder in the Darkness!”
Synopsis: Injured by S.H.I.E.L.D. in Alaska, a pain-enraged Godzilla emerges from the Puget Sound to cause mass destruction in Seattle.
Writer: Doug Moench
Inker: Frank Giacoia and George Tuska
Review: Two issues into Godzilla and your Comics Bronze Age editor is beginning to regret missing this series as a kid. As a Pacific Northwest native, seeing the King of Monsters stomping through Seattle offers big geek thrills. Writer Doug Moench sprinkles in just enough NW factoids to make this one at least superficially authentic. Meanwhile, artist Herb Trimpe is proving to be a fine choice for this series. His simple storytelling and journeyman rendering fit the tone nicely. And his image of Godzilla staring into the Space Needle is priceless. Again, not high art, but really quite fun.
Cool factor: Godzilla stomps Seattle! (Where are Bill Willingham’s Elementals when you need then?)
Not-so-cool factor: Some of the local details are a little whack. (Where exactly are those cliffs?)
Collector’s note: According to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, there’s a 35¢-cover-price variant of this issue.
Character quotable: “It’s only driven him berserk with pain — and Seattle is stuck with pickin’ up the tab.” — Gabriel Jones, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Collected in: Essential Godzilla [Buy from Mile High]