I hadn’t watched a GODZILLA movie in years. Then I saw one of the movies from the 90s one night while randomly trying to find something to watch.
I think it was GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA, not to be confused with the 1974 original GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA or 1993’s GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA II. Not that such a thing could ever happen to any GODZILLA fan worth their salt.
In any case, whichever movie it was, the childhood memories came flooding back. The sheer joy of cities being destroyed and monsters slugging it out was completely reawakened.
If there was ever any chance of me walking away, it was destroyed by a special Godzilla retrospective here in LA by the Secret Movie Club. They showed all the original “Showa Era” GODZILLA films, on the big screen, in a theater.
I was hooked. Like really hooked. Addicted even.
And then I came across a great source for small Japanese movie posters called “Chirashi.” These little posters were used in theaters to advertise movies. Although only 7″ x 10″ in size, they often feature identical artwork to the full-size, “B2” posters. Often, very interesting, different art from the bland, boring posters we have been stuck with in the US for so many decades.
And guess what? This source had a ton of GODZILLA Chirashi. So, me being a recently amped up giant lizard addict and all, I bought some. And then I bought more. And more…
I now own a version of every single poster featured on this page.
Over the span of a single year, I managed to assemble a pretty nifty, if small, collection. A poster gallery featuring many Godzilla Chirashi and a few of the larger posters.
I’m not bragging. In terms of GODZILLA poster collections, it’s not really that big and there’s nothing exceptionally rare in it. Even my most expensive poster is only worth a few hundred dollars.
And it’s not some out of control thing, at least not any longer.
Aside from a limited budget, there’s another factor which keeps me from getting too crazy. I have an aversion to too many things on my walls.
Which, I admit, is kind of weird for someone that collects movie posters. But it’s the truth. I don’t have every inch of wall space covered floor to ceiling with posters. Far from it.
My walls are probably more bare than most, by design. Which is another reason I like smaller pieces. I can have them out when I want and put them away when I don’t without much of a hassle.
So, those of you picturing my little apartment as a GODZILLA shrine filled top to bottom with toys, trinkets and art honoring giant lizards and such, you are mistaken.
My home is remarkably adult-like considering the clearly immature soul that lives there.
Having said that, I did choose my hotel on a trip to Japan based almost purely on the Godzilla factor. I stayed at a hotel in Tokyo with a giant fire-breathing Godzilla on its roof. But that was vacation, so that doesn’t count.
One odd fact about GODZILLA posters, some of the best art is probably for some of the worst movies. During the GODZILLA franchise’s darkest years an artist named NORIYOSHI OHRAI created the posters. The top and bottom posters on this page are his. I think most of you will agree with me they’re pretty slick.
Someday, I’d still like to own a few of the original posters from the very early films. They are expensive now, of course. Sometimes very expensive.
The market is also flooded with reprints and digital reproductions of them. Which is fine for some people. However, I’ve grown to really like the idea of a poster as a more of a historical artifact. Something directly connected to the release of the film.
So, I still want more. It’s the nature of collecting. But in all honestly, I am pretty content with my current assortment of GODZILLA posters.
It might not be the ultimate blue-chip GODZILLA poster collection. It’s honestly pretty minor league. But I don’t care.
As long as I can look at them and hear that roar in my head, nothing else really matters.