King Kong vs. Godzilla
1964 Japanese B2 20x28" (51x72cm)
Grade: Very Fine
English title: King Kong vs. Godzilla
Poster title: キングコング対ゴジラ
Poster Year: 1964
Poster Origin: Japanese
Size: B2 20x28" (51x72cm)
Film title: キングコング対ゴジラ
Film Year: 1962
Film Directors: Ishirô Honda
Film Plot: A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla.
Grade: C8 Very Fine. Rolled, single-sided. Theater used poster with only the most minimal handling/surface/edge wear, would grade higher if not 2 clean pinholes in each corner and a tiny tear in the lower left corner from rough removal. Pinholes were secured with acid free mending tissue on the verso and very lightly touched up with conservation safe acid-free watercolor pencils on the front.
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Kaiju is the name of the “giant monster” 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. King Kong vs. Godzilla was the 3rd film in the Godzilla series. It proved so popular that it had a whopping 4 theatrical releases over the years!
This is a very rare poster for the second release in 1964 — the film proved so popular it was released just 2 years later! The second release was a small one so quite a few collectors have confused this poster for a first release variant. To further confuse matters, this design was used for a 1980s video release. This one is the real deal, tho!