David Milner poses with legendary film composer Akira Ifukube in his home. Photo © David Milner. Godzilla fandom in the U.S. began to take shape in the early 1970s, and David Milner was there to witness its growth. As a contributor to the various Japanese monster movie fanzines that existed at the time, Mr. Milner … Continue reading REVISITING GODZILLA FANDOM’S GLORY DAYS! David Milner on Writing for the Early Kaiju Fanzines and Interviewing Toho Icons!
Photo © James Melkonian. Readers of Vantage Point Interviews probably know James Melkonian for writing and directing the mid-1990s comedies The Stoned Age (1994) and The Jerky Boys (1995), but he got his start in the film industry at New World Pictures in the '80s, working in the post-production department. During this time, he worked … Continue reading GODZILLA GETS A TRIM! James Melkonian on the Post-Production Process of ‘Godzilla 1985’ at New World Pictures!
Photo © John Roope. Bambi's Revenge (1976) is an unofficial sequel to Marv Newland's classic short film Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969). The 1976 cartoon was written and directed by Norman Gibson, produced by Frank Wetzel, animated by Ernest Geefay, and photographed by John Roope. Clocking in at about two minutes, the animated short picks up … Continue reading BAMBI BEATS GODZILLA! John Roope on the Making of the Comedic Short Film ‘Bambi’s Revenge’!
The back cover of Godzillamania #7. Image courtesy of Damon Foster. In the 1970s, fanzines were in wide circulation among horror and science fiction fans, and American Godzilla fandom was no exception. While most Godzilla fans tend to think of The Japanese Fantasy Film Journal and Japanese Giants as the most popular fanzines of the … Continue reading ‘GODZILLAMANIA’ HITS THE ’70S! Richard Campbell on Editing and Publishing the Kaiju Fanzine of His Youth!
Sadao Iizuka in December 2020. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on December 26, 1934, Sadao Iizuka joined Toho Studios in 1954 during the production of the original Godzilla, working as an assistant in the tokusatsu art department. Mr. Iizuka stayed at Toho for many years thereafter, eventually pioneering Toho's trademark optical effects that would become … Continue reading THE MASTERFUL MAKER OF MONSTER BEAMS! Sadao Iizuka on His Early Life and Career at Toho!
Photo © Ezra Tucker. Ezra Tucker is accomplished artist who specializes in depicting wildlife, but he got the chance to portray arguably the wildest creature of all when he was selected to create the American release poster for Godzilla 2000 (1999). At the time, Mr. Tucker was no stranger to painting movie posters, as he … Continue reading THE KING OF THE MOVIE POSTERS MEETS THE KING OF THE MONSTERS! Ezra Tucker on Creating the American Release Poster for ‘Godzilla 2000’!
A recent photo of Bradford Boyle in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Photo © Bradford G. Boyle. In the mid-1970s, Bradford Boyle took over the publishing duties of the Godzilla-oriented fanzine Japanese Giants from its creator, Stephen Mark Rainey, after issue #1. However, following the publication of issue #4, Mr. Boyle decided to move on to other … Continue reading MEMOIRS OF A GODZILLA FANDOM PIONEER! Bradford Boyle on Publishing the Seminal Fanzine ‘Japanese Giants’!
Photo © Stephen Mark Rainey. Horror novelist Stephen Mark Rainey (who also goes by Mark Rainey) has written countless shockers over the years, but his audience may not be aware that, during his teen years, he published a fanzine on Godzilla and other giant monsters from Japan. His fanzine, Japanese Giants, would eventually see other … Continue reading DOCUMENTING GIANTS FROM JAPAN! Stephen Mark Rainey on Creating the Celebrated Fanzine ‘Japanese Giants’!
Photo © Richard Krown. Born on February 17, 1931, Richard Krown grew up in the Los Angeles area and joined United Productions of America in the 1960s. At UPA, Mr. Krown worked on some of the most beloved Americanizations of Toho monster films, usually as production (or post-production) supervisor. Among his Toho monster movie credits … Continue reading GODZILLA’S CROWNING MOMENT! UPA’s Post-Production Supervisor Richard Krown on Americanizing Toho Classics!