The Large Complete Works of Godzilla
 Seiji Yamada
Language: Japanese Release: 1995
Publisher: Data House Pages: 160
Genre: Non-Fiction ISBN: 488718364X

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Anthony Romero

Released by Data House, this extensive book by Seiji Yamada covers the numerous posters of Toho's science fiction productions. Released to commemorate the death of Godzilla, and the closure of the Heisei Godzilla series, the book covers Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) in the beginning with three pages dedicated to it, containing 27 color photos, before the book dives into the meat of its contents: the posters.

The Large Complete Works of Godzilla has quite a few of the posters to Toho's Sci-fi films, from Godzilla (1954) up to the, then recent, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995). Containing mostly Japanese posters, and including the numerous posters dedicated to the re-releasing of the films, the book also has some of the English, International and other foreign posters of these films. The book only covers Toho produced movies, with the sole exception of the Daigoro vs. Goliath (1972). In terms of picture quality, the brightness and contrast on a lot of them is turned down, but the pictures appear sharp. Or at least the majority do. There are some exceptions, such as the one for the Three Treasures (1959), where they look very out of focus. The condition of the posters is also a variable, as some have obvious fold marks and other inconsistencies. Thankfully, more often than not, the condition tends to be pretty pristine. Below each poster is a short blurb on the film, in Japanese, along with the date of release, for the Japanese posters, of that particular version. For example, a re-release poster of King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) will list 1964, 1970 or other dates if it was attached to one of those screenings.

What makes the book note worthy compared to other books dedicated to Japanese posters, though, is the sheer size of it. Measuring in at an impressive 11 1/2 inches tall and just under 8 1/2 inches wide, some posters, like the US Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster one, have never looked this good in publication before.

Although there are other books out there with more Japanese posters than The Large Complete Works of Godzilla, none can really compare in terms of the size of its presentation. For that reason alone, some might be interested in picking this book up. Collectors might also take note as it also includes some obscure stuff, including the self banned Half Human (1955), Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974) and other promo posters for unfinished projects like Nessie and Continuation: Submersion of Japan.