Synopsis for "Godzilla - King of the Monsters!"
Reprint of the Marvel Godzilla series, see individual issues for synopsis.
This 454-page volume reprints the entire 1977 Godzilla ongoing series in black and white.
Synopsis for "The King Once More"
With Godzilla returned to present day Earth at full size, the monster goes on a rampage through New York City. With the Godzilla Squad and the Fantastic Four not enough to stop the monster's rampage, the Human Torch enlists the aid of the Avengers.
With the added might of Earth's mightiest heroes they manage to get Godzilla on the defensive, fighting the monster into New York Harbor. However, this is far from defeating the monster, as it rises from the water even more furious than ever before.
Letters (story pages): Saladino (uncredited) page 1, Watanabe pages 2-17.
Synopsis for "The Devil and the Dinosaur!"
As Godzilla aids Moon-Boy and Devil Dinosaur in repelling an attack by the Lizard Men, back on present day Earth, everyone is taking some much needed R&R time after battling Godzilla so long. Robert, however, is upset that they sent Godzilla to another time period where he may get killed. While in Reed's lab, Dr. Doom's time machine starts to become unstable after being exposed to Godzilla's radioactive physiology and is at risk of exploding.
Back on Moon-Boy's world, Godzilla, Moon-Boy and Devil Dinosaur successfully manage to repel the invading Lizard Men and save Moon-Boy's home of Flame Valley. At that time Godzilla suddenly resumes his original size. While on present-day Earth, Reed has the time machine taken to a safe place, but instead of exploding, it transports the full-sized Godzilla back to the present at full size, smack in the middle of New York City.
Synopsis for "The Doom Trip!"
With Godzilla knocked into a shark tank, the Godzilla Squad and Fantastic Four fish out the monster, and knock it out. Reed then suggests that they bring the monster to the Baxter Building. There Reed uses Dr. Doom's time machine to send Godzilla back in time.
In doing so, Godzilla is transported to the world of Moon-Boy and the Devil Dinosaur, where Godzilla meets and battles Devil Dinosaur. However, when the Lizard Warriors come to invade Moon-Boy's home, Moon-Boy manages to appeal to Godzilla to help him stop the invasion.
At this point in history, it was believed that the world which Moon-Boy lived was that of Earth's past, however it is later revealed that Moon-Boy lives in the alternate reality of Earth-78411. Godzilla's appearance in this reality may have something to do with his radioactive physiology effecting Dr. Doom's time machine (as shown next issue).
Synopsis for "A Night at the Museum"
With Godzilla roaming through the streets of New York City at risk of growing back to his full size at any moment, the Godzilla Squad continues to track the beast until they can contain it without hurting innocents. While at the Baxter building, the Fantastic Four hear the media reports of the creature's travel through New York and Reed decides that this a case for the Fantastic Four to investigate.
With the Godzilla Squad having lured the monster into the New York History Museum, the group are joined by the Fantastic Four who offer to subdue the monster and help them find a humane way to end Godzilla's menace. Battling the monster, the Thing knocks the creature into a giant shark tank.
Letters (story pages): Saladino (uncredited) page 1, Heinl pages 2-17.
This issue is reprinted in Essential Godzilla, Volume 1.
Synopsis for "With Dugan on the Docks!"
Rob and Godzilla emerge from the sewer systems of New York. Godzilla is now roughly six-feet tall. Rob tries to keep him calm and Godzilla seems receptive to Rob's pleas. The boy even finds a trench-coat and hat to obscure Godzilla's features as they try to hide in the back alleyways. Two muggers try to accost him, but Godzilla shreds through his disguise and sends them running after he blasts them with his atomic fire breath.
Later, Rob and Godzilla encounter Dugan's team on the docks. Dugan tries to fire a tranquilizer dart, but Gabe Jones, believing that Dugan was firing an actual gun, spoils his shot. Godzilla lets loose with a burst of fire, but Dugan deflects it with a trash can lid. He then picks up a pole arm and rushes the monster, but Godzilla easily disarms him. Failing that, Dugan tries fisticuffs, but Godzilla backhands him, sending Dugan sprawling. Gabe leaps upon Godzilla's back, but this too proves to be a poor tactic. Godzilla snaps his head forward, sending Gabe flying off the ledge of the dock. While the monster's attention is focused on Jones, Dugan attacks him from behind with a drop-kick. Gabe climbs back up onto the dock, but Godzilla grabs him with both claws and pitches him into the water. Turning, he punches Dugan in the face, knocking him to the ground. Godzilla lumbers off into the night and Rob screams "Come back!", but the monster doesn't heed him this time. Godzilla is alone and loose in the streets of New York. A look of consternation crosses Dugan's face as he realizes that Pym's shrinking formula is quickly wearing off. Godzilla is growing bigger!
Letters (story pages): Saladino (uncredited) page 1, Leferman (credited as S. Lefferman) pages 2-17.
This issue is reprinted in Essential Godzilla, Volume 1.
Godzilla was recently reduced in size to approximately six-inches tall after being exposed to Pym Particles. He has been slowly returning to his natural height over the course of the last two issues. In the beginning of this issue, Godzilla is approximately six-feet tall. By the end of the issue, he is nearly eight-feet tall.
"Dum Dum" Dugan has the distinction of being one of the only people in the Marvel Universe to get into a one-on-one fist fight with Godzilla.
Synopsis for "Fugitive in Manhattan!"
Arriving in New York where Professor Hawkins can study Godzilla, the creature's cage is accidentally dropped and Godzilla gets loose, ending up in New York's sewer system. With the amount of time that Pym's shrinking gas will last in question, it's a race against time as everyone fans out to try to find the creature before it returns to its normal size and rampages through the city.
While in the sewers, Godzilla comes face to face with a New York City sewer rat and easily kills the beast. Emerging from the sewers, the creature stumbles upon Rob who had snuck out of the helicarrier himself to find Godzilla to be sure nobody hurts the monster. As the boy is reunited with the monster, it suddenly grows in size to be on par in height with a human adult.
Letters (story pages): Saladino (uncredited) page 1, Albers (credited as Diane Albers) pages 2-17.
Synopsis for "Of Lizards, Great and Small"
Following Godzilla's rampage through Salt Lake City, the SHIELD Godzilla Squad has finally recovered and have redeployed following the damage done during Godzilla's battle with the Mega-Monsters. Joined by Paleontologist Gladstone Hawkings, the group decides to use a different method of dealing with Godzilla.
Calling in the help of Henry Pym, the group get a large batch of his shrinking Pym Particles and use them against Godzilla. However the monster grabs Dum Dum before they can take effect. The SHIELD Godzilla Squad then engages on a wild goose chase to try and capture the now shrinking Godzilla. He is finally caught by Hawkins who uses a net on the beast once it has become the size of a regular reptile.
Patterson is credited as Bruce D.
Synopsis for "The Great Godzilla Roundup!"
With Godzilla still on the rampage near Salt Lake City, John Hawk, after having his house trampled on, arranges another group of cowpokes to try and rustle up the creature which he believes has been eating his cattle.
The group end up surrounding the monster, and Hawk and his men try to rustle the giant monster, Hawk even managing to rope and "ride" Godzilla for a while. However, when Godzilla smashes open a canyon to flee, they find the monster leads them to the cattle, which have in actuality been stolen by Lefty Walsh and Bill Ford. When Ford tries to shoot Hawk, Godzilla knocks him off the canyon peak to his death. After the whole ordeal, Hawk and the others leave the monster to find its own way.