The King of the Monsters
As one of the most enduring - and to millions of moviegoers, endearing - science fiction creatures of all time again surfaces from the depths of the sea, this time in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, editors at LIFE bring you an inquisitive and celebratory exploration with the special edition Godzilla. You'll begin with The Birth of the Monster, an important look back at the 1954 film that started it all, Godzilla (Gojira, in Japan). More than just an implausible horror film, director Ishiro Honda crafted an inventive, at times sublime film that went far beyond its genre expectations, masterfully making the surreal believable and relevant in a world newly threatened by nuclear weapons. Then revisit Godzilla's Many Lives, the more than 30 incarnations and remakes that followed in the giant monster's wake. Finally, Godzilla Goes to Hollywood and a complete Godzilla's Filmography move you through his destructive, six-decade stomp through history and lead you to the his current battles on the big screen. Plenty of historic images and photographs make LIFE's Godzilla a great, collectible way revisit one of the most infamous creatures in all of cinema, step by massive, earth-shaking step.