Essential Godzilla King of the Monsters
 Doug Moench
Pencils: Herb Trimpe, Tom Sutton Inks: Jim Mooney, Fred Kida, Dan Green, Jack Abel
Language: English Release: 2006
Publisher: Marvel Comics Pages: 440
Colors: - Cover: Herb Trimpe, Wil Glass
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, Red Ronin, Beta Beast, Ghilaron, Lepirax, Centipor, Batragon, Yetrigar, Devil Dinosaur Doctor Demonicus, Behemoth, Iron Man, Thor, Thing, Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, Vision, Wasp
Anthony Romero
This publication, released by Marvel Comics back in 2006, compiles all 24 issues of the 1977-1979 series Godzilla King of the Monsters. The fact that this book was released at all is somewhat of a modern miracle, although the agreement with Toho clearly stipulated a decent exchange of money, since it retails for more than any other release in the Essential line. The markup isn't too bad, though, since it roughly equates to $2-$3 more than its counterparts. Like other releases in this line, this book is entirely in black and white inside, with no coloring at all. So these releases are good for those wanting to catch up on a particular segment of the Marvel universe, but for many this aspect will undoubtedly disappoint. On the plus side, both the front and back covers are pretty eye catching, as Herb Trimpe and Ernie Chan's original artwork looks fairly stellar thanks to the modern coloring, complete with gradients and lighting shades, applied by Wil Glass.

Now in regards to the series this book compiles, it's a fun romp. Similar to the Godzilla movies of the early 1970's, these aren't too serious in terms of their outlook, although the title character does maintain a level of menace through out. Sadly, the original creations that Marvel came up with for the character to fight are extremely uninspired, as are their names such as Yetrigar. Thankfully, as the titular character reaches New York he gets a chance to throw down with a fair number of Marvel's more popular characters and establishments, including the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, SHIELD and a guest appearance by Spider-man. Overall, it's a fun read, and unlike a lot of other properties, is somewhat unique for having its slightly cheesy allure to it while still keeping Godzilla as a worthy antagonist.