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Godzilla Comics Reading Order, From Marvel to IDW and Legendary

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Like King Kong, Godzilla is a monster and an international pop culture icon. This prehistoric reptilian monster made his debut in the 1954 movie directed and co-written by Ishirō Honda. A movie franchise was developed, and the kaiju appeared soon enough in various other media. It never stopped since.

Naturally, he was featured in several mangas, but we’re here today to talk about Godzilla in American comics.

Following a deal with Toho Studios, Marvel Comics published a Godzilla Comics set in the Marvel Universe. The King of Monsters was depicted more as an anti-hero way too big for our time! It lasted two years before Marvel lost the rights to the monster. Following this loss, Marvel would find a way to continue to use Godzilla for a few years afterward by introducing a mutated version of the character who no longer looked like the Toho versions.

Years later, Dark Horse acquired the comic rights to the Godzilla franchise. The company published various comic books (one-shots, miniseries, ongoing series) based on the monster for the next 12 years.

But no one has used Godzilla as much as IDW, a company that also published Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more. They began publishing Godzilla comics in 2011 and still hold the license, offering a variety of stories and several continuities (the miniseries are all standalone stories).

IDW is not, right now, the only publisher putting comics with Godzilla out there. Legendary has also released several tie-in graphic novels with Godzilla, all part of their Monsterverse Universe.

Godzilla Reading Order

Godzilla Marvel Comics (1977-1979)

Written by Doug Moench (creator of Moon Knight), Godzilla faced the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and Nick Fury and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He also battled Devil Dinosaur and other giant monsters!

Godzilla Dark Horse Comics (1987-1998)

From a translated version of the Japanese manga of the film The Return of Godzilla to an ongoing series and some one-shots, this is Godzilla from Dark Horse:

  • Godzilla
    Collects Godzilla (vol. 2) #1–6. T
  • Godzilla: Age of Monsters
    Collects Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special #1, Godzilla Color Special #1, Godzilla, King of the Monsters (vol. 3) #0–4 and 16, Godzilla versus Hero Zero #1, and a short story from Dark Horse Presents #106
  • Godzilla: Past Present Future
    Collects Godzilla, King of the Monsters (vol. 3) #5–15 and a short story from A Decade of Dark Horse #4 of 4

Godzilla IDW Comics Reading Order (2010-)

IDW Main Series

When Godzilla appears off the coast of Japan, the Japanese government must respond quickly to contain the disaster… but before long, other monsters begin appearing all over the world. Can humanity survive this mysterious onslaught of giant beasts? This is the beginning of the longest ongoing Godzilla story (with 25 issues!)

IDW Stand-alone Stories

Following are IDW trade paperbacks collection of all the stand-alone Godzilla miniseries taking place in their own continuities.

Godzilla Comics For middle school-age readers

This is Godzilla for the younger readers! When a coldly single-minded businessman uses an untested element to create clean energy for a profit, he inadvertently awakens the beast from the deep–Godzilla! Sensing the harm the new energy poses to the planet, Godzilla attacks the heart of the problem–humankind! It will be up to three intrepid middle-school students to show Godzilla that not all humans are bad… and that there is still hope for Planet Earth.

Godzilla Legendary Comics (2010-)

This is part of the Monsterverse! At the dawn of the atomic age, humanity awakens lifeforms beyond imagination, unleashing monumental forces of nature. You can discover more about it in the following comic book pages as well as in several movies including Godzilla (2014), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

Last Updated on September 8, 2023.

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