1954 Japanese B2 20x28" (51x72cm)
Grade: Very Fine
English title: Godzilla
Poster title: ゴジラ
Poster Year: 1954
Poster Origin: Japanese
Size: B2 20x28" (51x72cm)
Film title: ゴジラ
Film Year: 1954
Film Origin: Japan
Film Directors: Ishirô Honda
Film Plot: American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.
Grade: C8 Very Fine. Tri-folded, single-sided. 100% unused and unrestored original release poster with no fading whatsoever! The poster would grade considerably higher if not for some very, very minor damage incurred during handling and storage. Primary areas of concern are some compression marks from being stored in a loose trifold (with one very small line of ink loss near the center of the lower trifold), a small area of edge damage on the left side of the lower trifold, and in approximately 1/2” edge tear near the couple in the lower left. Nearly every example of this poster that has surfaced has been restored on linen. Japanese collectors highly frown upon restoration making this one of, if not the nicest known fully original examples!
Framing: List prices are for posters only. Please inquire to discuss framing options.
The term kaiju translates to “giant monster” or “strange beast” and has become synonymous with a wildly popular film genre in Japan. Interestingly, the Godzilla film series was inspired in-part by the 1952 re-release of “King Kong” in Japan followed quickly by “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” in 1953. The Japanese title of the latter was “原子怪獣現わる”, which translates to “An Atomic Kaiju Appears”. Godzilla premiered in 1954 the rest, as they say, is history! 14 more kaiju films followed until the original Toho series ended in 1975 with Terror of Mechagodzilla. However, the series has been rebooted several times since and the series now boasts over 30 films and counting!
When Godzilla was released in 1954 it was played straight & had a very serious tone. To this day it remains one of the most influential science fiction/horror films in cinema history. The importance of this completely unused and unrestored, first release, country-of-origin poster simply cannot be overstated. This is quite possibly one of the finest examples of this poster still in existence!