This Free Promotional Comic is VERY Rare!
For U.S. Godzilla fans in the 1970s, comic books about the King of the Monsters were one of the few collectibles available to us outside of monster magazine covers. While most of us fondly recall Marvel Comics Godzilla series, it was not the first American comic book to feature the King of the Monsters.
In 1976, Godzilla vs Megalon made it’s way to U.S. theaters by way of a distribution company called Cinema Shares International. Movie goers received a free promotional comic book adaptation of the film courtesy of Cinema Shares that is now considered the first U.S. comic book of Godzilla. This four-page, cover-less, newspaper print comic is quite rare and, thus, quite sought after by collectors.
While an adaptation of the film, the comic is pretty crazy and one can only assume the uncredited creative team didn’t have access to an English dub of the film. In the comic, Jet Jaguar is called “Robotman” and Gigan is “Borodan” along with a pretty kooky narration that is pure 70s camp:
The colossal, Hell-spawned misanthropoid fearfully known as Megalon,
Godzilla realizes he stands little chance of subduing the boorish might of Megalon unassisted.
As I said, the creative team is uncredited and I can’t find any information on who might have been involved in writing, drawing and inking this little gem of a collectible.
Here is the comic book in all 4 pages of it’s full color glory for your to enjoy – click for a larger image of each scan:
This comic is very rare and demands a hefty price tag. Current price guides list NM as
A CGC 9.0 copy is currently available on Amazon.com for $5,499!
Some lower grade copies are currently available on eBay at far more reasonable prices.
Did you get this comic at the theater? Do you recall your experience reading it? Share your memories with us in the comments section.