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Godzilla: King of the Monsters - A History of Rodan

Don Kaye May 29, 2019

Giant winged monster Rodan was the second major inhabitant of Godzilla's shared universe.

After Godzilla (known as Gojira in his native Japan) had starred in two enormously successful movies -- 1954’s original Gojira and 1955’s Godzilla Raids Again -- Toho Studios was interested in producing more giant monster movies based around new creatures.

Writer Ken Kuronuma (real name Soda Michio) was tasked with coming up with a screenplay about a winged beast. He combined both the idea of a still-living prehistoric animal (in this case a member of the Pteranodon family), awakened like Godzilla by nuclear testing, with a story he had heard about a Kentucky Air National Guard pilot who was killed as he pursued a UFO in his plane.

The result was Rodan, released in 1956 in Japan and in 1957 in the U.S. as Rodan! The Flying Monster! It was the third major kaiju film of Toho’s initial run,

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