Happy 59th Anniversary to my all-time favorite character, Godzilla. The most versatile movie monster ever created, in the course of 28 Japanese-produced films by Toho Company, Ltd., he has evolved from a poetic avatar of nuclear destruction to a reluctant antihero, an anthropomorphic superhero, a tragic force of nature, and even a specter of war. This monster has played many roles through the years, and people either appreciate them all or have a favorite. And this is what made Godzilla a timeless, enduring character. It is also hoped that the upcoming film by Legendary Pictures (to be released next year) will capture all of his best qualities.
In tribute, I did this quick illustration on tablet in Photoshop this morning. Enjoy!