I was going through some of my old stuff and I came across a folder of old forgotten childhood treasure. First a little backdrop, the 70's were a different era; access to media at that time was very limited. We had 3 or 4 television channels, depending on the antenna's rabbit ear configuration and a little luck. Movies and magazines were the other main entertainment media outlets in that day.
As a kid, I was a huge Godzilla fan. Once in a while I'd get to see the latest Godzilla film in the theater. Otherwise, I'd flip through the TV Guide from cover to cover, hoping to find a Godzilla film showing on TV.
The other main medium for Godzilla was magazine articles, mainly appearing in Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. I'd always hope for the big G's appearance on the cover of the next Famous Monsters. In issue 132 of Famous Monsters, I came across the announcement of the Godzilla Fan Club. I remember being so excited about the prospect of a Godzilla focused periodical! Sweet!
I recall being so excited to get the fan letters, and so disappointed when it was abandoned. They were a prized possession of mine.
Having recently come across them, I decided to search the internet to see what existed about these fan letters. To my amazement, I could find very little mention of their existence, let alone copies of them. I think this is the first time I've searched for something on the internet that couldn't find. I actually have something that doesn't exist on the internet :-)
I decided to see if I could get in contact with the creator of the Godzilla Fan Letters, Richard Campbell. Luckily enough, I was able to contact him, and had a very pleasant interaction with him. He was very gracious that I had these copies; he no longer has copies of the fan letters he authored.
He was only 17 or 18 years old when these were created. That's quite a feat given the technology available back then. Typewriters were not the best word processors :-) Mr. Campbell was happy that these letters can now be shared with all Godzilla fans. I thank him for creating them in the first place, they made a kid very happy.
Mr. Campbell mentioned that he created another Godzilla publication named Godzillamania, of which there were two issues. One of my hopes is to see if anyone still has copies of the Godzillamania fanzines. I'd love to read them. Along with these fan letters, they would be a very cool piece of Godzilla fan history.
There were only 5 issues of the Godzilla Fan Letter, totaling 21 pages printed front and back, including my welcome letter. I've scanned them all and created various formats, which I'll make available on this blog post. The letters are quite worn and have yellowed with age. I've made some black and white versions, along with the current form of the letters. I have blacked out any personal addresses and signatures that were on the letters. It is a different day now, I want be careful in that regard.
You can view the letters on my blog using the following link: Godzilla Fan Letters from 1977.
I'm also providing the letters in comic book format (CBZ) and PDF. If you are not familiar with CBZ readers, then you probably just want the PDF. If you haven't heard of comic book readers, you might want to check out ComicRack. It is a very cool program. The CBZ format has the highest quality images.
You might get stuck on the Wii Lego Harry Potter Expelliarmus Lesson. You can end up in the room stuck on the tables unable to get off. I searched a bit and found the solution on this Lego Harry Potter walkthrough. The short of it is to press C to skip the video of Snape attacking the other teacher :-)
I watched Godzilla Final Wars the other night with my son. He thinks Godzilla is cool! Hopefully I’m not raising him to be too much of a nerd :-)
I grew up watching Godzilla movies in the theatre during 70’s and have been hooked ever since. I was a huge Godzilla fan as a kid. If only we had a VCR back then so I could have taped the creature features.
Godzilla is definitely a love hate thing. Either you see a guy in a suite or you see a giant monster trashing everything in sight. I’m still a kid at heart, so I still see a giant monster. It is not as magical as it was back in the day, but I still love it.
What I really enjoyed about Final Wars is that it pulls out all the stops and throws in every campy idea including aliens, bad acting, tons of monsters, and a ridiculous story line which make for a good Godzilla flick :-D
Check out the Godzilla Fan Letters from 1977
I gave Godzilla Final Wars 7/10 on IMDb.
Here are some highlights of the film:
You have to love how Godzilla gets hit with a blast like the following:
Then he is standing there in an enormous crater :-D He’s one tough customer!
I love how the Hollywood Godzilla makes an appearance in the film only to end up at the end of a bit of atomic fire :-)
I like to call the Hollywood Godzilla Giguana. It certainly looks more like a giant iguana than Godzilla.
I thought the latest kaiju, Monster X, was cool.
You have to love the alien’s shades.
I love the M. Bison look!
Godzilla taught his son well.
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