There was such a Godzilla


There was such a Godzilla


Teizo Toshimitsu of Toho Kinuta Studio’s special art department was in charge of modeling the first Godzilla, but there were several trials and errors before the design was officially decided.


Tyrannosaurus, Allosaurus, Iguanodon, and other dinosaurs were used as models, but Toshimitsu’s original design for Godzilla was said to have a large head, small hands, and round bumps on the skin.


However, because this lacks impact, the Godzilla with scales on the whole body is the second plan in the photograph (only a clay model was created. Some say that this is the first plan). In fact, before Toshimitsu started modeling, manga artist Wassuke Abe drew the initial design of Godzilla with a head like a mushroom cloud, but you can feel the remnants of that in the head. Also, it is interesting to see that the giant dorsal fin, which is a feature of Godzilla, has already been established at this point. Holding a beautiful woman in one hand is probably a place of respect.


The clay model shown in the photo below is an improvement to the second plan, with a crocodile-like skin. This became the decision plan Godzilla, and was also used for some posters.


The original Godzilla suit was also created based on this, but at that time the head was made smaller and the details were slightly changed.

Source: ゴジラ大辞書, p 41