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Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters Comic Book

Godzilla is a daikaijū, a Japanese movie monster, first appearing in Ishirō Honda's 1954 film Godzilla. Since then, Godzilla has gone on to become a worldwide pop culture icon starring in 28 films produced by Toho Co., Ltd. The monster has appeared in numerous other media incarnations including video games, novels, comic books, television series, and an American remake.

Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters is the latest comic book release from the Godzilla franchise. From Wikipedia.com: In 2010, IDW Publishing obtained the rights for the license to Godzilla, and began publishing a new ongoing series called Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters. Originally titled Godzilla: Monster World, the new series launched with a painted cover by Alex Ross as well as a record 100 plus variant covers that were mostly retailer incentives. This promotion allowed comic book shop owners to have personalized variants featuring their store being demolished by Godzilla's foot, if they ordered over 500 copies. As such, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1 was able to sell out of its first printing.

Unlike the previous companies who licensed Godzilla, IDW was able to acquire the rights to other Toho movie monsters. These included Mothra, King Ghidorah, Rodan, and other monsters from the Toho shared universe as well as fresh new monsters to make appearances in later issues.

Eric Powell and Tracy Marsh co-wrote Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters with Phil Hester supplying the art. Artist Matt Frank will also supply variant covers for future issues.

The first issue was released in March 2011 and focused on introducing Godzilla, who destroys Japan, and the Japanese Prime Minister even orders for nuclear weapons to be dropped on him, causing his trademark atomic ray.

Outside of the ongoing series, IDW will publish a 5 issue miniseries called Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths.

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