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Review: Godzilla #2                               


GODZILLA #2
(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
Penciler:Herb Trimpe
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.

Grade: B+

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]

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7 comments to Review: Godzilla #2                               

  • Would love to know who the other inkers are besides Giacoia and Tuska…most of the later pages don’t seem to match their styles.

  • Al:

    Thanks for stopping by. I don’t recall another inker’s style jumping out at me when I read this, but a couple months. Both the original comic and the Essential Godzilla collection only credit Giacoia and Tuska, as do the Grand Comics Database and Comic Book DB. If you find evidence of another inker, be sure to let me know!

    Cheers,
    Andrew

  • This was one of my favorite issues of the series. The first seven pages(in the original comic) seemed to me to be inked by Giacoia, gorgeously, and pp. 17-31 may have been by either him or Tuska in their clean, smooth style, but pp. 10-16 just seem different:

    Jim Woo’s facial features are inconsistent on pp. 7, 10 and 26.

    I have never seen either artist use background crosshatching such as on p. 11, panel 1 and p. 15 panel 2.

    Some of the uniformed characters have a kind of “stylized disproportion”, vaguely similar to Mike Zeck’s work, on pp. 10-11, which I’ve never seen in the previous work of either inker listed in the credits.

    Pp. 14-16 seem more like Jim Mooney’s style than either of the inkers, tho probably isn’t his work.

    It just seemed like the issue may have been a casualty of the “DDD” (Dreaded Deadline Doom), so that it may have been rushed, and/or other artists may have been called in. Still love it tho.

  • Alan:

    I’ll pull out my Essentials volume and have another look. All I know is I missed this issue as a kid. That’s a shame because, growing up in the Puget Sound, Little Me would have LOVED this issue!

    I’ll make sure to let you know if I ever track down a definite answer to your question, but I’m guessing your theory about the Dreaded Deadline Doom is correct, and that such info might be forever lost in the fog of time.

    Cheers!
    Andrew

  • I once had a roommmate named Roy who was from Bellingham WA, who told me about a media personality up there years ago named “Captain Puget.” I didn’t have my Godzilla issue with me at the time, but I’m sure Roy would have gotten a Kick out of it.

  • Alan:

    Captain Puget was before my time, I’m afraid. But I am familiar with Captain Seattle (and his beautiful Indian sidekick, Raindrop!) I was only able to find one image online, but these posters are sold at a gift shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. I think I’ve actually got the whole set … somewhere. If I ever get around to getting them framed, I’ll snap a picture and post them on Comics Bronze Age.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

  • Cool. It seems that there has been a tradition of localized adventure heroes both here in the U.S. and beyond. There was a newspaper strip with a superhero named Captain ‘Cuse in Syracuse NY where I was raised, who would have battles around local points of interest, facing a statue of Mercury come to life, etc. Would make for an interesting website devoted to the general subject, if there isn’t one already.

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