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Monday, August 5, 2013

CLASSIC COMICS : Godzilla #1 "The Coming!"

Godzilla Vol 1 #1
Publisher: Marvel Comics
August, 1977
Editor-in-Chief: Archie Goodwin
Cover Artists: Herb Trimpe

"The Coming!"
Writers: Doug Moench
Pencilers: Herb Trimpe
Inkers: Jim Mooney
Colourists: Janice Cohen
Letterers: Joe Rosen
Editors: Archie Goodwin

Appearing in "The Coming!"
Featured Characters: Godzilla (First appearance)
Supporting Characters: S.H.I.E.L.D.
Col. Nick Fury
Godzilla Squad (First appearance)
Commander Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan
Jimmy Woo
Robert Takiguchi (First appearance)
Tamara Hashioka (First appearance)
Dr. Yuriko Takiguchi (First appearance)
Other Characters: Johnny
Frank
Eddie
Angel Squad
Agent R
Agent L
Locations: Alaska
Alaskan Pipeline
year 1956 (Only in flashback)
Japan (Only in flashback)
Canada
Vehicles: S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier

Synopsis for "The Coming!"
Out of the frozen Alaskan waters comes Godzilla, king of the monsters, and his first order of business on American soil is to destroy an Alaskan oil pipeline. The destruction brings the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D., who assigns a "Godzilla Squad" consisting of Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan, Gabriel Jones, Jimmy Woo, and Nick Fury brings in resident Godzilla expert Yuriko Takiguchi his assistant Tamara Hashioka and his grandson Robert Takiguchi to help.
As a S.H.I.E.L.D. battalion tries to stop the King of Monsters with various weapons, it all proves nothing more than an exercise in aggravation for the giant monster. After the monster destroys everything SHIELD throws at it, it manages to leave the scene unscathed. Meeting up with Fury, Dugan is introduced to Takiguchi and his clan and they begin to discuss how they may stop Godzilla. Tamara talks of a secret weapon that they have been devising to use against the monster.

Notes
This issue was published with a 30 and 35 cents cover price.
First appearance of Godzilla in the Marvel Universe.
This issue is reprinted in Essential Series #Godzilla.

Trivia
Godzilla's first appearance in the Earth-616 universe is similar to his re-emergence in the 1963 film King Kong vs Godzilla.
Panels from this issue have been used for the Godzilla View Master reel collections.

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