Kamerus ケーマーラズ

Kamerus
Kamerus

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Powers / Weapons

None

Appearances

Godzilla King of the Monsters (1987); Godzilla King of the Monsters #12

Series // Dark Horse

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Description

For countless centuries, an eons-old stone slab covered in ancient runes lay buried deep within the earth on the Japanese island of Honshu. But as time marched on and human civilization progressed, the slab eventually became unearthed by a construction crew in 1940s Tokyo. Thinking it an amazing discovery, Professor Morio Yoshiwara investigated the stone, finding that it was releasing increasing amounts of radiation. After a large, leech-like creature emerged from a hole within the slab and attacked one of his assistants, Yoshiwara began to obsess over it, trying to find the answers to the stone's origins.

Having finally deciphered the strange carvings on the stone slab, Yoshiwara ran to the construction site to warn his superiors as well as the construction crew. The markings served as a warning to anyone who read them and referred to an age of monsters. The slab had been buried on Honshu thousands of years ago, long before humans had settled on the island, in order to protect the world from a race of beasts known as the Disaster Monsters. Every three to four thousand years, the destructive creatures would wake up en masse and seek out the slab, as if somehow called to it.

One of these so-called Disaster Monsters was Kamerus, an enormous quadruped snapping turtle, its shell lined with spikes. Though Kamerus did not make an appearance as the slab began to call to his monstrous brethren, the beast was seen in flashbacks to the age of monsters, once locked in battle with Godzilla, and later defending a kill he'd made from an intruding Soran. Whether Kamerus tried to answer the slab's call or not is uncertain, but ultimately the beast never made his presence known to modern day mankind.


Powers / Weapons
None

None

Kamerus displays no special abilities in the two brief flashbacks he is seen in. That having been said, he most likely has the ability to swim as he's shown to be emerging from the water when facing Soran and, as a gigantic snapping turtle, no doubt possesses the deadly crushing bite the species is known for.


Background and Trivia
  • Created by Randy Stradley and Steve Bissette.
  • While Kamerus goes unnamed in Godzilla King of the Monsters (1987), his name is spoken by Professor Yoshiwara in the slightly altered flashback featured in Godzilla King of the Monsters #0, when he tries to warn Helzer and his superiors of the Disaster Monsters.
  • Writer Randy Stradley later said on Facebook that he came up with Kamerus' name based on the Japanese word for turtle ("kame," which Stradley mistakenly referred to as "kamera") and that the evolution from that to "Kamerus" seemed natural.
  • In concept art by writer and artist Steve Bissette, Kamerus is called "Great Turtle - 'Anzilla/Angurus' archetype," and is referred to as an Earth elemental, as well as a "reptile/insect/mole creature." An apparent origin is also provided for him in the artwork: "Grows from piece of flesh found in 'bugnest' at excavation," though this may not hold true for the final version of the character as it implies Kamerus is a relatively new creation when the final version of Godzilla King of the Monsters (1987) shows him fighting Godzilla in prehistoric times.
  • Also in the concept art, Kamerus is referred to as a digger, which his large foreclaws are said to assist with. Instead of the turtle shell with spikes lining the edges seen in the final version, in the concept artwork he possesses a shell completely covered in spikes, with a comment on the art specifically noting that the shell drew inspiration from Anguirus and the Ankylosaurus.
  • Lastly, Bissette's concept art reveals that Kamerus has multilayered claws on his hind legs, as well as large spikes along his tail with a large stinger on the end of it. While it's possible that the final version of Kamerus also possesses the multilayered claws and stinger, it is impossible to be certain, as Kamerus' back half is out of view in all panels he appears in.
  • In Godzilla King of the Monsters #12, after the villainous Professor Mason has used his time travel technology to bring Godzilla to the futuristic city of Harmony Cluster Nine for his own evil purposes, he ponders doing the same to other cities of the future by using other "historic monsters" to accomplish similar results. One of the creatures he pictures running amok throughout time for his scheme is Kamerus.
  • In Godzilla King of the Monsters (1987), Kamerus is shown to be brown in color, while in Godzilla King of the Monsters #12, he has been changed to green.