So this my version of Barugon from the Gamera series. In the original he was a mythical end-bringer from New Guinea, he ultimately lost to the combine forces of the JSDF and Gamera, being drowned.
I have set aside my own version of Barugon, sort of like a modernized version:
After Barugon's death, a division of the JFDS decided to record and study the monsters, hauling the carcass away to a location shrouded in secrecy for experimentation. They soon began to subject the corpse to several scientific queries, and began to learn of his origin and powers.
After studying the creature, they found the source of his power: the ability to manipulate and control the temperature within its own body. Barugon's body acts as an oven, heating and cooling the chemicals within. Barugon's long tongue acts as a cooling station, chemically lowering it's tempurature to below freezing. As water vapor travels through the tube, the sub-zero mist is created. Barugon's rainbow beam was found to be the product of manipulating water particles in the air to relfect and intesify his own body heat through his dorsal horns, creating a destructive ray. Barugon's only weakness was ironically found to be water. Water of a different temperature can create distortions in the creature's body, rendering it sloth-like and imobilized. Water must be a different temperature than it's own.
Barugon was found to be hundreds of millions of years old, preexisting the dinosaurs. Ancient inscriptions found in several Locations in New Guinea state that he was a form of punishment for the wicked, a weapon sent by the Gods to chastise the wicked ways of man. After many millenia, the human tribe of New Guinea kept the ancient beast satisfied and secret. Only the intervention of Others caused the beast to appear once more.
This is my version of Guiron, from the Gamera series:
Guiron was once the mighty protector of the planet Tera, a planet that remained obsure to Earth's scientist as it orbited the sun exactly opposite our planet. Unbeknownst to the human children entering the alien atmosphere, the dominant race of the planet, the Terans, had recently suffered from external sources. The raiding Space Gyaos had taken their toll on the planet, though the Teran forces fought back valiently with their own monster, Guiron. After years of turmoil, the strife of war began to take its toll on the inhabitants, monster and Teran alike. The psychological trauma of the decades long battles had warped their minds turning them into power-hungry sadists. Even the mighty Guiron suffered, his hatred towards foreign invasion overpowering his every thought. As the human boys landed, they're intrusion was not met with welcome. Gamera, protector of Earth's children arrived and soon battles ranging from planet Tera to planet Earth took place. Gamera eventually overpowered the knife-headed giant, sending his bloodthirsty soul from whence it came. Perhaps though, if the Teran people were ever threatened again, Guiron would rise from the ashes, ready to take up the charge once again, much as Gamera has done for Earth.
Guiron's Powers come from his brutish body. His intense physical strength allows him to wield his sword-like head with great proficiency, and allows his body to make tremendous leaps. The shuriken-like missiles that form on either side of Guiron's head are formed of the same, metal like substance that composes the creatures head. A buildup of pressure behind the projectiles allows the monster to fire them with accurate presicion. If all the missiles are lost, they are organic and over time, Guiron's body will produce a new set.
So that's it. I rather like Guiron's almost rediculous design as well as his role as "protector". I wanted him to seem a little more like a defender than a maruader, so I invented the whole sadism thing. I couldn't help but put the decapitated Gyaos head in there... because it's awesome.
The 2nd time I tried to for a G-Fan wrap around cover, I submitted this piece. Since G-fan is primarily a Godzilla/toho monster fan rag, I felt it appropriate to give some of the lesser-known kaiju a spotlight. I imagined a "Destoy All Monsters of the Sea" and threw as many water monsters as I could in this. The serpent-god Manda does battle with Ebirah the mutant lobster. Varan the Unbelievable fights Gezora, the giant cuttlefish from "Yog Monster from Space". His other co-stars Kameba (the turtle that's catching an atomic facial from Godzilla), and Ganime (seen squaring off with Titanosarus on the far right) also make an appearance. And finally the giant sea serpent from "King Kong Escapes" is in the hairy grasp of Gaila, the green Gargantua. Ultimately, this was chosen to be a subscribers' exclusive centerfold (which is still great!) rather than a cover. I recently looked at it and decided to add some touch-ups to improve it.
Something I've had in cold storage for a long while (pun intended), which I've only recently finished, and just in time for my Annual Halloween Uploads.
Awe, Halloween - the only time of the year where little children have power to vanquish evil spirits through simple joy and laughter, as opposed to the rest of the church-supported calendar, where apparently the Devil is invincible, and there's not a blessed thing we mere mortals can do about it!
Sorry for that cynical bit of satire, but it's kind of true. Anyway, this is my rendition of Barugon, the title antagonist from 1966's "Gamera vs Barugon" (AKA "War of the Monsters").
Not to be mistaken with Toho Studios' floppy eared burrowing dinosaur BarAgon (from "Frankenstein Conquers the World" and "GMK: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack", BarUgon (or Balgon in some circles) was the first adversary of the giant fire-breathing turtle, and would set the bar for the enemy monsters to follow in the Gamera franchise.
Insane creatures with very non-humanoid designs, and an even crazier array of almost mechanical, but otherwise organic body weaponry and powers.
The latest addition in a long lineage of jungle dwelling demons, Barugon was a feared evil of a South Seas island, whose native inhabitants have always been able to slay the monsters upon every rare generation. However in modern times, a group of Japanese treasure hunters come to the island, and mistaking the opal-like egg of Barugon for an actual opal, foolishly takes the unborn demon back to civilization.
On the way there, the egg is exposed to the unnatural heat of an infrared lamp, causing the newly hatched Barugon to quickly mutate into a bigger, far more dangerous version of its already terrible species.
The gigantic adult Barugon appears in Kobe Harbor, and proceeds on a nearly endless rampage across Japan. Fatally freezing hundreds of hapless victims with his icy breath, and knocking down tall buildings with its powerful chameleon-like tongue.
And the ability to project a devastating rainbow-beam from his dorsal plates, which fries anything and anyone, unluckily enough to stand within its kill-zone.
Even Gamera, having return from his brief imprisonment in space, has great difficulty in fighting Barugon. And ends up being frozen by the demon for the majority of the movie (it really was a Barugon vehicle after all).
Ultimately, the Japanese military succeeds with a mirror-based method to physically handicap Barugon with its own rainbow beam. And its Barugon's secret weakness to water that finally ends the villain's reign, as the newly freed Gamera sinks his tusks into the demon's neck during their climactic conflict, and drags Barugon to its doom beneath a lake.
Although this was Barugon's only true film appearance, it did return by the magic of stock-footage in the disjointed, possibly non-cannon 1980 film "Super Monster Gamera", as the last of evil alien Zanon's monstrous champions (the others also being stock footage of past Gamera foes).
Barugon was than given a modern re-imagining in manga (Japanese comic) form in 2003, retelling the film's original tale by setting it between the events of "Gamera 2: Advent of Legion" (1996), and "Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris" (1998).
And than there was also Zedus; a gluttonous, if not downright mean-spirited, sea monster from 2005's Gamera the Brave, who shares a number of similarities with Barugon; most notably a long extending tongue, and crocodilian / lizard shaped body. But beyond this, and for the most part, Zedus is his own original character.
For the majority of my life, my only exposure to "Gamera vs. Barugon" was the shoddy Sandy Frank version of the film, released by Celebrity Home Video in the early 1990's.
Because of the full-screen pan and scan, among other factors (like the movie itself taking place largely at night), I've always assumed that Barugon was dark Navy Blue in skin color. Only recently, thanks to Shout Factory's recent re-mastered DVD, with the Japanese version intact, do I now know that Barugon's a rather dull Pale Brown instead.
'Screw that' I said to myself, and decided to do a purely nighttime scene, based on the evil Barugon of my childhood, whose brief conquest the city of Osaka was a Winter Wonderland...OF DEATH!
I was going to add the infamous rainbow beam (hence such a wide skyline above), but it clashed with the cool icy colors and related elements of the illustration, so I gladly left it out.
I'm a rather sensitive soul who feels bad for fictional victims in monster movies, but I really want to display the terrible power of giant monsters, and what better way for Barugon than some frozen, sacrificial subjects littering the streets around it. I hope horror fans, even if they're not particularly Kaiju Eiga fans, will get a kick out of this morbid tidbit, along with the rest of you guys.
"Barugon's Icy Domain" ended up being my first published submission to the magazine "G-Fan". And the following (I hope) will be the second:
NEXT UP IN THE HALLOWEEN 2010 UPLOADS: 'Guilty! Guilty! My evil self is at that door, and I have no power to stop it!'