At the end of the Godzilla 2014 movie, we joked that Nick Fury would show up to recruit the King of Monsters. Well, we make a Nick Fury joke at the end of EVERY movie we see in theaters, but in this case, it has the virtue that Godzilla was once part of the Marvel Universe! That's right, Marvel once held the license to make Godzilla comics, and just like Rom, Shogun Warriors or Micronauts, he was integrated into the MU! His series ran for 24 issues from 1977 to 1979, written by Doug Moench and drawn by Herb Trimpe, and Marvel characters showed up ALL THE TIME. Godzilla even appeared in OTHER series, just to make sure Marvel would have trouble reprinting complete runs of comics in trade format later. So whom DID the First Among Kaiju meet over there? Here are the highlights...
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Postscript: Ghost Rider was also a member of the Champions, but isn't in the issue. MORE MOVIE MAYHEM!
The Fantastic Four
J. Jonah Jameson
After losing the copyright, Marvel would continue to use Godzilla for a few years. Dr. Demonicus, a villain introduced in the series, would return and mutate Godzilla to make him unrecognizable:
Given how classic Godzilla movies can feature elements from all sorts of genres (alien invaders, superspies, family drama, etc.), why not superheroes in God2illa, eh?