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Alright, so - inspired by the Video Game Kaiju Scorecard thread, I decided to post my own list I made a little while back for IDW's Godzilla run. As of this writing, IDW has finally reattained the Godzilla license, so there may be interest in seeing a comprehensive, visual list of all the kaiju who appeared in the original run from 2011-2016. I spent quite a bit of time making it long ago so I hope you all enjoy!

First, a few notes:
  • My list is primarily organized by series, but continuity is a factor as well. Each issue of the anthology series Godzilla: Legends and Godzilla In Hell appear to exist independently of one another and are not part of a shared continuity; thus, they are listed as separate categories. However, this does not apply to the third anthology series, Godzilla: Rage Across Time - while each issue is similarly handled by a different creative team, there are recurring human characters and an overarching story with them, thus establishing shared continuity.
  • The list does not include characters who only appear on the covers, such as Gigan in Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths, where he is seen on the cover of issue #4 but not in any interiors. Or several of the Matt Frank "kaiju covers" of Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters.
  • On occasion, different incarnations of the same character will appear within one series; the most common is Mechagodzilla, though sometimes we'll see other characters, like two Gigans (Showa and Millennium) and two Ghidorahs (Heisei and Showa) in Rulers of Earth. These characters have been given separate entries.
  • A few monsters have new “forms”, such as Biollante’s small, plant-like form in Godzilla: Cataclysm. I didn't think this tiny, hand-held Biollante quite fits under the preexisting "Rose form" or "Final Form", so I took it upon myself to consider it a "new form". Feel free to disregard them if you disagree.
  • Adding to the above, I made up names for some of these monsters. Some are totally original, others are just different or new versions of preexisting characters. For instance, both Showa and Millennium Gigan appear in Rulers of Earth, so I’ve dubbed the latter “Gigan II” for simplicity’s sake.
  • Rodan appears as a baby in two series; in Kingdom of Monsters, there is only one Rodan who we see grow from baby to adult, but in Legends, the baby is a second, separate Rodan, and so has been included as a separate entity. Just my own preference; feel free to add "Baby Rodan" to the KOM list or remove "Baby Rodan" from Legends.

Without further ado, here is THE LIST -

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Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters
Godzilla
Anguirus
Rodan
Battra Larva
Kumonga
Mechagodzilla
King Ghidorah
Battra Imago
Spacegodzilla

Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths
Rodan
Kumonga
King Ghidorah
Battra Larva
Godzilla
Mothra Imago
Titanosaurus
Anguirus
Mechagodzilla

Godzilla: Legends #1
Destoroyah
Godzilla
Anguirus
King Ghidorah
Gigan

Godzilla: Legends #2
Rodan
Baby Rodan

Godzilla: Legends #3
Rodan
King Ghidorah
Godzilla
Mothra Imago
Destoroyah
Titanosaurus
Mechagodzilla

Godzilla: Legends #4
Mechagodzilla
Hedorah (Final Form)
Hedorah (Flying Form)
Godzilla
Hedorah (Water Form)

Godzilla: Legends #5
Godzilla
Kumonga
Mutant Birds

Godzilla (Ongoing)
Kumonga
Rodan
Battra Imago
Godzilla
Anguirus
Titanosaurus
Mechagodzilla - 2nd Generation [Kiryu]
Mothra Imago
Hedorah (Final Form)
Spacegodzilla (Final Form)
Gigan
Spacegodzilla (Flying Form)
Monster X
Hedorah (Water Form)
Hedorah (Flying Form)
Keizer Ghidorah
Baragon

Godzilla: The Half-Century War
Godzilla
Anguirus
Rodan
Battra Imago
Kumonga
Megalon
Mothra Imago
Ebirah
Hedorah
Mechagodzilla
Spacegodzilla (Flying Form)
Spacegodzilla (Final Form)
Gigan
King Ghidorah
Mechagodzilla II [Kiryu]

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth
Godzilla
Shockirus
Gigan
Kumonga
Anguirus
Titanosaurus
Mothra Imago
Rodan
Battra Imago
Hedorah (Water Form)
Spacegodzilla (Flying Form)
Zilla
Destoroyah (Juvenile Form)
Manda
Gezora
Gigan II
Destoroyah (Final Form)
Mothra Larva
Destoroyah (Aggregate Form)
Varan
Gaira
Hedorah (Final Form)
Mechagodzilla
Sanda
Moguera
Orga
Jet Jaguar
Biollante
Gorosaurus
Megaguirus
Kamoebas
Megalon
King Caesar
Ebirah
Baragon
Battra Larva
Mechagodzilla - 3rd Generation [Kiryu]
Fake Godzilla
Mechagodzilla (Mass Production Model)
Mecha-King Ghidorah
King Ghidorah (Earth)
Spacegodzilla (Final Form)
Meganulon
Meganula
Trilopod (Beta Form)
Trilopod (Alpha Form)
Trilopod-Megaguirus Hybrid
Trilopod-Spacegodzilla Hybrid
Trilopod-Baragon Hybrid
Trilopod-Rodan Hybrid
Trilopod-Kumonga Hybrid
Trilopod-Battra Hybrid
Trilopod-Gorosaurus Hybrid
Trilopod-Godzilla Hybrid
Kamacuras
King Ghidorah (Alien)
Gigan (Modified)
Trilopod-Gezora Hybrid
Trilopod-Titanosaurus Hybrid
Trilopod-Gaira Hybrid
Trilopod-Kamoebas Hybrid
Trilopod-Anguirus Hybrid
Trilopod-Varan Hybrid
Trilopod-Sanda Hybrid
Trilopod-Manda Hybrid
Trilopod-Kamacuras Hybrid
Magita

Godzilla: Cataclysm
Manda
Anguirus
Mothra Imago
Godzilla
King Ghidorah
Kamacuras
Biollante (Final Form)
Ebirah
Biollante (Plant Form)
Megaguirus
Meganula
Battra Larva
Mechagodzilla [Kiryu]
Rodan
Destoroyah (Final Form)
Destoroyah (Juvenile Form)
Destoroyah (Flying Form)
Mothra Larva

Godzilla In Hell #1
Godzilla
Nuclear Reactor Demon
Doppelgänger Demon (Godzilla Form)
Doppelgänger Demon (True Form)

Godzilla In Hell #2
Godzilla
Rodan
Anguirus
Varan
King Ghidorah

Godzilla In Hell #3
Moguera
Godzilla
Spacegodzilla

Godzilla In Hell #4
Godzilla
King Ghidorah
Destoroyah (Final Form)
Destoroyah (Flying Form)
Destoroyah (Aggregate Form)

Godzilla In Hell #5
Godzilla
Flying Demon
Gatekeeper Demon

Godzilla: Oblivion
Fire Rodan
Mechagodzilla (Earth-2) [Kiryu]
Godzilla
Mothra Larva
King Ghidorah
Mechagodzilla (Earth-1) [Kiryu]
Mecha-King Ghidorah
Mothra Imago
Biollante
King Caesar
Anguirus
Zilla
Hedorah
Battra Imago

Godzilla: Rage Across Time
Gigan
Megalon
Orochi
Godzilla
Hydra
Meganulon
Megaguirus
Mothra Imago
Ebirah
Gezora
Rodan
Baragon
Varan
Anguirus
Kumonga
Battra Imago
Titanosaurus
Manda
King Caesar
Gorosaurus
Kamacuras
Keizer Ghidorah
Monster X


RANDOM TRIVIA:
  • IDW is the first American comic publisher to feature Toho kaiju besides Godzilla in their comics. IDW started their Godzilla run in 2011 with the rights to 13 Toho kaiju – Godzilla, Anguirus, Rodan, Battra, Kumonga, King Ghidorah, Mothra, Mechagodzilla, Titanosaurus, Destoroyah, Gigan, Spacegodzilla, and Hedorah. In 2012, they renegotiated their deal and gained the rights to over 30 kaiju, covering the majority of the Godzilla catalog.
  • Adding to the above, Godzilla: The Half-Century War is the first series to feature new kaiju as part of IDW's expanded deal, with Ebirah and Megalon added to the roster.
  • At least two kaiju IDW acquired the rights to, Ganimes and Minilla, were never used in any comics, though both were planned to appear in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. Ganimes appears in a cave drawing in issue #9, while Minilla appears on an early, unused cover concept for issue #8, back when it was planned to be the final issue of the series.
  • IDW was generally not allowed to redesign the kaiju and had to choose from preexisting designs. Of course, some artistic liberties were taken with some of the designs throughout the entire series. The closest to a full redesign is Godzilla's appearance in Godzilla: Legends #1; while primarily based on Godzilla 2002, the design features some notable deviations. As it was created by artist Matt Frank, it has been nicknamed "Frank-Goji".
  • Minor Toho kaiju make cameo appearances. Toho’s Snowman from Half Human (1958), Matango-like mushrooms and a giant dragonfly resembling the Meganula appear in Godzilla: Rage Across Time #1. The “Mystery Bones of Infant Island”, also called “Skeleturtle”, appears in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #18.
  • Fake Godzilla – Mechagodzilla in disguise – appears in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, utilizing a new design based upon a Bullmark toy from the 1970’s. This is not the first time Fake Godzilla has been given a new design, as the character previously appeared in several video games and the Godzilla Island TV series utilizing a Heisei Godzilla design.
  • Though Godzilla: Rulers of Earth utilizes the Godzilla 2002 design, the Godzilla 2000 design appears in the human protagonist's nightmare in issue #13.
  • By coincidence, both of the Showa Mechagodzilla’s appearances depict the character as a mass-production model as opposed to a single robot.
  • Several characters appear on the covers on comics without appearing within the interiors in any capacity. These include – Mothra, Mothra Larva, Gigan, Hedorah, and Titanosaurus in Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, Gigan in Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths, Mothra Larva in Godzilla (Ongoing), and Biollante Rose in Godzilla: Cataclysm. Biollante Rose may be most notable for not appearing in any of IDW's comic series, though Biollante's final form appeared in three series.
  • In addition to all of the Toho kaiju, IDW introduced several original kaiju. Most of these are either minor characters, demons from Godzilla In Hell, or new adaptations of mythological monsters, such as the Hydra or Orochi – the latter being separate from Toho’s own movie take on the character. However, one prominent original kaiju was introduced – the Trilpods! Created by Chris Mowry, Matt Frank, and Jeff Zornow, the alien kaiju has the ability to “copy” the abilities of other kaiju. Matt Frank has even suggested that, in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Orga was essentially a prototype of the Trilopods! The monsters and their queen, Magita, serve as the primary antagonists in ROE.
  • Godzilla, Rodan, and Anguirus appear at least once in every series. King Ghidorah appears in all but two series, Godzilla (Ongoing) and Godzilla: Rage Across Time; however, Keizer Ghidorah appears in both of those series, so at least one Ghidorah makes an appearance in every series.

And there you have it! Lots of kaiju, huh? Especially Trilopods - there's an awful lot of those! Love those guys!

I'll also see if I can update this when the new run begins, though I may not be able to promise a consistent update schedule. But at least I covered the entire first run, so enjoy! :D :D :D
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Wow, this is absolutely fantastic! Great job!
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I forgot how big Godzilla's mouth was in that picture of Godzilla in Legends #3. That is quite a list with all the Trilopods.
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Amazing work!!!

Just remembered too, didn’t a Shockirus appear in ROE #1?
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Thank you all for the comments! :D

kaijukurt wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:01 am Amazing work!!!

Just remembered too, didn’t a Shockirus appear in ROE #1?
Ah yes, I believe it did - forgot about that. Good catch! I will say that there are a few little "cameos" from minor characters; I think that "Skeleturtle" thing appears in ROE as well. Not sure if they should be included on the list or just acknowledged as "trivia", really. Though maybe at least Shockirus should since it is a "real" monster.
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Shenanigans wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:03 am Thank you all for the comments! :D

kaijukurt wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:01 am Amazing work!!!

Just remembered too, didn’t a Shockirus appear in ROE #1?
Ah yes, I believe it did - forgot about that. Good catch! I will say that there are a few little "cameos" from minor characters; I think that "Skeleturtle" thing appears in ROE as well. Not sure if they should be included on the list or just acknowledged as "trivia", really. Though maybe at least Shockirus should since it is a "real" monster.

Was Skeleturtle ever acknowledged as a living creature? It definitely seems more “trivia” territory than Shockirus.
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As promised, here's my list of kaiju that were used by IDW. This includes all appearances regardless of where they were and the kaiju are all listed according to their first film appearance (if there was more than one kaiju in any film, they're listed in the order of their appearance in that film):

*Godzilla the King of the Monsters
*Anguirus
*the Snowman (this kaiju very briefly appears in the lower right-hand corner of the bottom panel of pg. 2 of Godzilla: Rage Across Time #1)
*the Meganulons (Showa version)
*Rodan (Showa version; this is the version that appears in the mainstream storyline)
*Varan
*Orochi of Yamato (I think that's how this kaiju's Japanese name is translated into English, but I'm not sure - please tell me if I'm right or wrong)
*Mothra (Larva and Imago)
*Manda
*King Ghidorah a.k.a. Mecha-King Ghidorah (the version in the mainstream storyline is a combination of both the Showa and Heisei versions - the Showa version because he's a space monster and the Heisei version solely because of both his appearance and his revival as Mecha-King Ghidorah)
*Baragon
*Gaira the Green Gargantua
*Sanda the Brown Gargantua
*Ebirah
*Gorosaurus
*Kamacuras
*Kumonga
*Gezora
*Kamoebas
*Hedorah the Smog Monster
*Gigan (Showa version; in the mainstream storyline this version and the Millennium version are one and the same, see below for further details)
*Jet Jaguar
*Megalon
*Mechagodzilla (Showa version; there was more than one in both the mainstream storyline and Godzilla: Legends #3)
*King Caesar
*Titanosaurus
*the Shockiruses (there are more than one in the mainstream storyline)
*Biollante
*Battra the Black Mothra (Larva and Imago)
*Mechagodzilla (Heisei version)
*Rodan (Heisei version) a.k.a. Fire Rodan (this version appears in Godzilla: Legends #2-3 and Godzilla: The Half-Century War #3, all three times in his Fire Rodan form)
*SpaceGodzilla
*MOGUERA (Heisei version; the name as used in the mainstream storyline is not an acronym for Mobile Operations Godzilla Universal Expert Robot - Aero-type)
*Destoroyah
*Zilla
*Orga
*the Meganulons (Heisei version (larvae)) and the Meganulas (imagos)
*Megaguirus
*Kiryu a.k.a. Mechagodzilla (Millennium version)
*Gigan (Millennium version (with both hook hands and double chainsaw hands; in the mainstream storyline, the Showa version is upgraded twice into both variations of this version))
*Monster X a.k.a. Keizer Ghidorah

Hey, if you want, I can even give you a complete list of the Bandai Creation/Bandai America/Bandai USA Godzilla vinyl toy figures according to box color. Whaddya say?
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Shockirus has been added to the list!
kaijukurt wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:15 am
Was Skeleturtle ever acknowledged as a living creature?
Kind of? It was given the official name "Mystery Bones of Infant Island" by a toy/statue/ornament. Damn thing even has an official t-shirt now! Still, I don't consider it a real kaiju either.
mikelcho wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:48 am
*the Snowman (this kaiju appears in the lower right-hand corner of the bottom panel of pg. 2 in Godzilla: Rage Across Time #1)
Firstly, good list!

And I actually don't think I ever caught Snowman in there; nice catch! I had to go back and see it for myself. There's an awful lot of easter eggs in that issue, but I suppose that's to be expected of Matt Frank. ;) I see that he always snuck in a Meganula-like dragonfly and some Matango mushrooms in that same issue! Among probably even more easter eggs. I'll be sure to add those to a trivia section in the future.

BTW, MOGUERA is officially an acronym and usually spelled all-caps, though I personally don't usually bother; lowercase is also acceptable. Oddly, when split, the smaller vehicle "Land Moguera" is always lowercase though.
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Where did the Matangos come from? Were they just the mushrooms or the humanoid mushroom kaiju? Is this a thing similar to the Snowman's situation? Please, show me the page they're on and the place where they're at and if it's the latter, I'll put them in my list, but only if it's the latter. If it's the former, however, show me anyway just for the fun of it.

Btw, I wouldn't even have seen the Snowman if someone on this forum hadn't pointed him out (and thank you, pal, whoever you are).

As for MOGUERA, what I meant to say was: are the acronym and the splitting-into-two-separate-vehicles ability used in the mainstream storyline or not? Sorry about that, I guess I should've been more clear on that one.
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Added some trivia! Tried to keep it tied to the kaiju and not just random comic trivia, as there'd be an awful lot of that. But of course, if you have anything else you want to share, feel free to add it!

mikelcho wrote: Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:39 pm Where did the Matangos come from? Were they just the mushrooms or the humanoid mushroom kaiju? Is this a thing similar to the Snowman's situation? Please, show me the page they're on and the place where they're at and if it's the latter, I'll put them in my list, but only if it's the latter. If it's the former, however, show me anyway just for the fun of it.

Btw, I wouldn't even have seen the Snowman if someone on this forum hadn't pointed him out (and thank you, pal, whoever you are).

As for MOGUERA, what I meant to say was: are the acronym and the splitting-into-two-separate-vehicles ability used in the mainstream storyline or not? Sorry about that, I guess I should've been more clear on that one.
The Matango-like mushrooms are just mushrooms, not the creatures. An easter egg, not an actual monster appearance, at least to me.

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As for Moguera, no, they never indicate that his name is an acronym in the comics and thus never spell it out (least as as far as I remember). He does indeed split into Land Moguera and Star Falcon in ROE, though.
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Shenanigans wrote: Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:35 pm Added some trivia! Tried to keep it tied to the kaiju and not just random comic trivia, as there'd be an awful lot of that. But of course, if you have anything else you want to share, feel free to add it!

mikelcho wrote: Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:39 pm Where did the Matangos come from? Were they just the mushrooms or the humanoid mushroom kaiju? Is this a thing similar to the Snowman's situation? Please, show me the page they're on and the place where they're at and if it's the latter, I'll put them in my list, but only if it's the latter. If it's the former, however, show me anyway just for the fun of it.

Btw, I wouldn't even have seen the Snowman if someone on this forum hadn't pointed him out (and thank you, pal, whoever you are).

As for MOGUERA, what I meant to say was: are the acronym and the splitting-into-two-separate-vehicles ability used in the mainstream storyline or not? Sorry about that, I guess I should've been more clear on that one.
The Matango-like mushrooms are just mushrooms, not the creatures. An easter egg, not an actual monster appearance, at least to me.

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As for Moguera, no, they never indicate that his name is an acronym in the comics and thus never spell it out (least as as far as I remember). He does indeed split into Land Moguera and Star Falcon in ROE, though.
Thanks! At least I know one of them happened.
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Ah thanks I was curious about Matango too. I am still pleased to see them because they are really only known by the diehard fans.
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