Characters Appearing: Dum Dum Dugan LMD, Gabriel Jones, Godzilla, Hugh Howards, Jimmy Woo, Red Ronin, Robert Takiguchi, Tamara Hashioka, Yuriko Takiguchi
Issue(s): Godzilla #6, Godzilla #7, Godzilla #8
...but he escapes again. The construction of Dr. Takiguchi's anti-Godzilla weapon is completed. It turns out to be a giant samurai mecha called Red Ronin.
It's almost predicting the Shogun Warriors (and isn't it a shame that Godzilla and the Shogun Warriors never crossed paths in the Marvel Universe? When i was a kid, there was a Shogun Warriors toy line that included Godzilla and Rodan. That was awesome.).
Anyway, Takiguchi's grandson Robert gets inside Red Ronin and pilots him out to "talk" to Godzilla, but they wind up in a fight, which is fairly well depicted by Trimpe.
In the end, Robert proves to Godzilla that he wants to be friends by attacking the mini-carrier. Robert lets Godzilla wander off to Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Woo is failing to impress Tamara Hashioka.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The next issue tag at the end of Godzilla #6 refers to Red Ronin as "Future Fighter".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 17, 2011 1:05 AM
According to Doug Moench in an issue of FOOM, Red Ronin was based on the Shogun Warrior Raydeen. It's probably no coincidence that Moench wrote the Shogun Warrior comic afterwards.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 28, 2011 1:56 AM
FOOM#19(9/77) announced a Godzilla Treasury with an adaptation of "Godzilla On Monster Island", but I'm guessing Toho killed it by asking for a hefty licensing fee.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | April 14, 2013 2:17 AM
Just as an aside: not too long after these issues with an actual "piloted giant robot", Marvel actually helps create their own giant robot show of their own: the Japanese "Supaida-Man" tokusatsu, complete with the giant "Leopardon". Most of the main staff from this Spider-Man adaptation had actually just were brought over from Sentai (the Japanese team show that eventually became "Power Rangers") and amazingly after this they brought the giant robot to the team show through the likewise Marvel-produced "Battle Fever J" in 1979. (even further, the main writer of Supaidaman and BFJ, Susumu Takaku, was also the main writer of a little anime called "Golion", better known in the US as "Voltron")
Posted by: Ataru320 | February 24, 2015 1:52 PM
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