GODZILLA vs. MEGALON (1973)
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- In Spain, the movie was titled Gorgo y Superman se citan en Tokio (Gorgo And Superman Meet In Tokyo). I guess Jet Jaguar is the so titled "Superman," but did the Spanish confuse Godzilla with UK's Gorgo?
- In Germany, the movie was re-titled to King Kong - Dämonen aus dem Weltall (King Kong - Demons From Outer Space). In the German dub, Jet Jaguar is reportedly named King Kong but no other connection to the famous ape is explained or implied.
- In America, Godzilla vs. Megalon was released in 1976, the same year as the Dino De Laurentiis-produced King Kong remake. American distributor Cinema Shares attempted to ripoff King Kong's poster art by also depicting Godzilla and Megalon atop the Twin Towers in New York although no such scene ever occurs.
- Before he appeared in Marvel comics, Godzilla's first ever American comic book appearance was in a four-page magazine released by Cinema Shares into theatres to promote the release of Godzilla vs. Megalon. Existing copies of the comic are hard to find, but scans exist online...and make the film seem way more exciting than it is. Note the mistaken naming of Jet Jaguar as "Robot Man" and Gigan as "Borodan."
By 1973, there wasn't much life left in the Godzilla franchise. Godzilla vs. Megalon might as well be a death rattle. But fear not, G-fans. There is a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel. Next on 30 Days of Godzilla, we take a peek at a real fan-favorite film and a much needed return to some semblance of quality. Join us tomorrow for the film that marked the 20th Anniversary of the King of the Monsters: 1974's GODZILLA vs. MECHAGODZILLA.