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Special X # 12: WWII in the Pacific

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Postby Slade » Sun Nov 13, 2005 4:56 pm

Good replies, both of you.

You'll find them in #12.

So "Americanized" am I that when I was addressing the WWII vets at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind Remembrance Day luncheon, I noticed wincing in the group when I mentioned by dad's RAF rank: Flight Lieutenant.

When it happened again, the reason clicked.

Halfway through the address, I switched to Flight Leftenant and the old guys settled down.

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Postby slyragz » Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:59 pm

I didn't realize that Martha Stewart was imprisoned in the same federal pen as Tokyo Rose (Billie Holliday and Squeaky Fromme, too).
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Postby Slade » Fri Nov 25, 2005 12:08 am

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Postby PohlSE » Fri Nov 25, 2005 12:29 am

Godzilla was atomic, Mothra was not. They fought several times, sometimes as enemies sometimes as allies.

Plot Synopsis for Rodan: When a village is besieged by giant caterpillars, a more horrifying discovery is made in their underground home...a giant flying creature that resembles the prehistoric pterodactyl. Soon after, a second Rodan appears and the two monsters begin to destroy Japan. So he isn't atomic either.

From a different Japanese film company we were treated to "Gamera!" A giant, atomic, mutated turtle. He was created to compete with the Godzilla Franchise. Gamera also had several popular films.

Megalon was not radioactive, per se, but he was sent to destroy the surface world because of recent nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean.

Here are some fun giant monster films; some radioactive, some not:

Them (1954)
Tarantula (1955)
Day of the Triffids
Gammera the Invincible (Daikaiju Gamera)
It Came From Beneath the Sea
Mothra (1961)
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms



I love giant monster movies. :)






That link has some good B.G. information.
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Postby MarylandManson » Fri Nov 25, 2005 12:31 am

Slade: Of those monsters, I'd say only Godzilla qualifies as an "atomic monster." Rodan is prehistoric, although H-bomb blasting might have led to its "discovery" in those mineshafts. Mothra is a mythical, quasi-magical beast.

I have a copy of JAPANESE SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY AND HORROR FILMS by Stuart Galbraith IV. It's the most definitive work I've yet seen on the subject, although it's a 1994 book. I'll comb through it and extract everything Galbraith offers about Japanese atomic monsters, then post the results here. I just need a little time to do it.

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Postby PohlSE » Fri Nov 25, 2005 12:36 am

Here's another link that might be useful:



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Postby MarylandManson » Fri Nov 25, 2005 2:58 am

Bottom line: Of the Japanese monsters, Godzilla is the only clearly radioactive "big one."

More than probably called for, courtesy of the aforementioned Galbraith unless otherwise noted, follows...

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RODAN (1958) Bill Warren, author of KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES! says of Rodan, "H-bomb testing releases a number of large insect larvae in a mine." Galbraith says, "Carbon dating places the creature in the Cretaceous period."

THE H-MAN (1958) Humans (and at least one frog) are mutated into blob creatures by fallout from an H-bomb.

MOTHRA (1961) Mothra is anti-radiation, hailing from the portion of an island that is magically immune to A-bomb tests.

DAGORA, THE SPACE MONSTER (1964) "...Dagora is a space cell transformed by a pocket of radioactivity."

GAMERA THE INVINCIBLE (1965) Gamera is prehistoric, released by a radioactive explosion courtesy of a crashed American plane carrying atomic weapons.

EBIRAH, HORROR OF THE DEEP (1966) Ebirah lives near an island where heavy water is produced for atomic bombs, but it's unclear whether Ebirah was spawned by radioactivity.

And here's something probably best ignored except for the fact that it includes a nice list:

DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968) "On Ogasawara Island in the Pacific, an underwater research team studies marine life, including artificially evolved animals. In an area of the island known as Monsterland, all the world's giant monsters have been gathered in the interest of world security. The monsters--Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra (caterpillar form), Manda, Minya, Angilas, Gorosaurus, Baragon, Spiga and Varan--are free to roam the island..."
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Postby Slade » Fri Nov 25, 2005 4:43 am

Thanks.

Godzilla it is. And, luckily, he's the most famous.

I have no idea how I ever wrote the books before this Board.

Just post and it's answered. He seem to have an expert on every subject.

Want some more fun that might end up in # 12?

Imagine that you are at a convention of Pacific vets. WWII, Korea, Vietnam.

There's a big convention hall with lots of exhibits, and there's going to be a running gunfight with a bad guy through it.

So what sort of exhibits do you imagine in there?

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Postby PohlSE » Fri Nov 25, 2005 3:00 pm

Lots of photos, is the first thing that comes to mind. I can also see quite a few weapon exhibits, and glass cases with medals and plaques.

Depending on how big and well known the convention is there may also be a statue or two.

But defiantly a lot of photos… With a running gunfight that would make for a lot of flying glass.


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