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Top Five Greatest Monsters Marvel Created to Fight Godzilla

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Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve one over the years.

From 1977-79, Marvel did a Godzilla ongoing series. The series was popular, but after one year’s worth of stories, Toho charged Marvel more to renew the license for a second year. After that second year, they wanted an even larger increase in the license fee. The comic was no longer worth it so Marvel canceled it. As I detailed in a recent top five, Toho also wanted SEPARATE licensing fees if Marvel were to use any of their OTHER monsters, so Marvel had Godzilla fight Marvel heroes like the Fantastic Four, the Avengers and that bunch of lovable losers (well, losers, at least) the Champions. However, writer Doug Moench and artists Tom Sutton and Herb Trimpe also created BRAND-NEW monsters for Godzilla to fight. Here are the top five monsters Marvel created to fight Godzilla.

5. Ghilaron, Lepirax and Centipor (Godzilla #5 by Doug Moench, Tom Sutton and Klaus Janson)

In issue #5, Godzilla travels to an island of monsters created by Doctor Demonicus. The good doctor sends three of his best and brightest to take on Godzilla. They’re not exactly really all that great, so they’re the last on the list, but they’re still pretty cool…



Lepirax actually temporarily leaves Godzilla to go try to kill Dum Dum Dugan in a SHIELD helicopter, leaving Godzilla just Ghilaron and Centipor to deal with…

but Centipor does not last very long…


Damn, Godzilla just SMOKED him.

Then, pretty much off panel while Dr. Demonicus is telling a captured Gabe Jones his life story, Godzilla was kicking Ghilaron’s butt…


Now Godzilla steps into the battle between Dugan and Lepirax…





Burned one monster to death and just squished the other one. Too awesome. I also LOVE the grin at Dugan.

4. Batragon (Godzilla #4 by Doug Moench, Tom Sutton and Tony DeZuniga)

The first one of Demonicus’ creations that Godzilla fought was an issue earlier, Batragon…




Godzilla then tracked it down to Demonicus’ island lair…




This led to the fights we saw in #5. Batragon did not put up an awesome fight, but the design was pretty awesome, so I have him at #4.

3. Beta-Beast (Godzilla #12 by Doug Moench, Herb Trimpe and Fred Kida)

In this issue, aliens bring Godzilla to the moon (and provide him with an aura of breathable air) and test him out by letting him fight the Beta-Beast. Yes, Godzilla versus an alien creature on the freakin’ MOON!







It is crazy how violent these fights were. Godzilla is killing monsters like crazy. Too cool.

The aliens, as it turned out, were testing him to see if he could handle three rogue alien monsters. Those aliens come up on the next page!

The top two are on the next page!

2. Triax, Rhiahn and Krollar (Godzilla #13-14 by Doug Moench, Herb Trimpe, Fred Kida and Dan Green)

The giant robot Red Ronin aided Godzilla against the #1 monster on this list, but he also ended up helping Godzilla in his battle against the Mega-Monsters from Beyond. The first of which was called Triax…



But then his two buddies show up, ready to destroy Salt Lake City…



That’s an awesome visual, right?

Godzilla and his big giant robot buddy were holding their own until tragedy struck…



Daaaaaaaaang.

Luckily, it was just a giant robot so the kid inside wasn’t killed. But then, to make matters worse, the monsters were then blasted with an energy ray making them even stronger than before. And now Godzilla was all alone!

The problem, though, it seems was more that Godzilla was fighting monsters who knew how to work together (unlike those stupid Demonicus monsters)…



So Dum Dum Dugan comes up with an idea. Godzilla can handle these monsters, but only if it is a one-on-one fight, so Dugan and his SHIELD agents engage the OTHER two and let Godzilla fight one of them one-on-one and, naturally, Godzilla kills the Trollar…


He then kills Triax…


Leading to a rather grisly death in the battle between Godzilla and the final monster, Rianhn (sounds like a Fleetwood Mac song)….



That is a twisted way to die and a pretty dang graphic death in a 1970s Marvel comic book.

1. Yetrigar (Godzilla #10-11 by Doug Moench, Herb Trimpe and Fred Kida)

Was there ever really any doubt?

Yetrigar was a Big Foot who was also irradiated and turned into a GIANT Big Foot…



Yetrigar quickly etablishes his credentials by crashing a helicarrier (two helicarrier crashes in the first 10 issues of Godzilla – and this was back when crashing a helicarrier still meant something!)…



Godzilla and Yetrigar fight in the freakin’ GRAND CANYON!!!


What an awesome splash page.

The fight is pretty sweet (with whitewater rafters in the background)…



Their fight is interrupted, though, by a new arrival…


Yep, the next issue is a fascinating three-way battle as Red Ronin doesn’t want to hurt Godzilla but nor does he want to let Godzilla kill the innocent Yetrigar…


The problem is that Yetrigar doesn’t appreciate that Red Ronin is trying to look out for it, so it instead attacks…



This leads to Red Ronin, which, again, is piloted by a little kid, to make a tough decision – to KILL Yetrigar!



{sniff}

We’ll pour a 40,000 ounce for you, Yetrigar. We’ll see you at the crossroads.