(C) directed by Fred F. Sears 1957 Art by the Dominating MonsterKingOfKarmen
Monster Class: Alien
Monster Type: Prehistoric bird of prey from outer space
Size: Big as a battleship (...............sigh)
POWERS and ABILITIES:
- Enormous strength - Powerful flyer that creates typhoon when close to the ground - Breathable in space - Armed with horrific claws able to crush metal - Powerful jaws - Protected by invisible force field, deflects almost any harm. Also disables radar so cannot be detected - Intelligence=unknown
This subject was chosen at the request of and honestly I thought it might end up being a bit boring on the redesign side after watching the movie. However once I started thinking about how to approach this I really got into it...much to my regret lol! Let me explain, The GB is essentially a carnivorous sauropod (I love how all dinos ate meat back in the day!) and while a sauropod form makes for a tremendously powerful beast it doesnt really fit the bill for a good design given its film attributes. In the film the creature had to very marine oriented and while Ive no doubt that sauropods could swim, they arent built for extended aquatic life. So I began to reference aquatic reptiles both prehistoric and modern/ This lead to studies of pliosaurs of all sorts, alligators, sauropods, turtles, the Sando Aqua Monster and even Fell Beasts from the LOTR films.
Suaropod paid homage to the original's build giving me a good base to start from. From here I looked at the Sando Aqua Monster (from Star Wars ep 1) as its a kiaju sized sea beast that hasnt fully adapted to ocean life yet. That changed my leg structure making me think more along the lines of seal locomotion. Combining Brachiosaur leg posture with this idea and some alligator thrown in gave me my beast's final body structure. Something that could move about on land but like alligators spent more time in the water. Pliosaurs gave me good ideas for the head and tail (certain artists have done mosasaurs with paddle shaped tails) and my study of the Fell Beasts was perfect for the thick muscular neck I had in mind as in the film it needed to be powerful enough to life many tons of steel and iron. Note the GB is only 70 feet tall making him more of a true dino in size that a real kaiju. Lastly the eye is pure turtle (red iris, brown ring, yellow cornea) who knew there eyes were such sinister colors?
So were does the regret come in? In choosing alligator hide for my scale pattern. I try very hard not to repeat textures if I can so I decided alligator fit this monster's nature well and even the original had of square shaped scales. Oy vey! Im a detail fanatic but damn thats a lot of scales and several variations along the way! Sometimes I get mad that I discovered the amazing work of Richard Delgado (Age of Reptiles - BUY IT NOW!) because his books gave me scale fever and apparently there is no cure. But now finally it is done and Im happy with it. Another kaiju down....and on to the next (as work permits).
Edit: I added a radioactive glow to the Behemoth at the suggestion of , Id have to say, I like it.
No one knows where it came from. Some say it emerged from a crashed American spacecraft. Others say it clawed its way out of the sulfur pits of Mount Etna. Nobody can say for sure.
But whether it came from the bowels of a volcano or from 20 million mies from earth, the Ymir was a strange beast indeed. When exposed to oxygen and sunlight, it grew at uncontrollable speed. A shy beast by nature, it lashed out viciously when attacked. With heavy claws and large canines, the Ymir was a beast to be reckoned with, even when small. But it did not stay small. By the time it was brought down by the Italian Military it was far larger then an elephant.
The body of the Ymir was removed by the authorities, and in the political turmoil following its appearance and subsequent death, the body was lost. But some have claimed that other Ymiri exist, feeding in secrecy among the welcoming warmth of the volcanic sulfur pits of Mount Etna. But nobody knows for sure. ------------- Ymir is copyright Ray Harryhausen. The redesign, however, is mine.
I must have an affinity for sea Kaiju. Adding to my ever-growing gallery of favorite Toho monsters, Dagarla, or Dagarah, or however you like to call him, is another admired design. He, like Varan, gets very little love. Barely any vinyl figures exist of this guy, save for a few tiny, rare ones.
He's the best thing about "Rebirth of Mothra 2", which isn't saying much, but this bastard was loaded with offensive attributes, and had a pretty cool growl too.
One of the things that I wanted to do, was to play up the fact that he was created to eat pollution. I guess if it were Dagarla, not Godzilla, who would be the first to fight Hedorah, then that fight would be over quick. The only issue after is who's going to clean up all the Berem?
Here is my submission for the 100th issue of the Godzilla-centric magazine "G-Fan", featuring three giant monsters who originate from Japan's past - hence the term Jidaigeki, as in 'Period Drama'.
This will also be a print for sale at this year's Am2Con Anime Convention (2012, July 15-17).
On the top left is King Caesar from "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla"; on the top right is the 'Idol of Terror' himself, Daimajin from his own trilogy of 1966 films; and last, but certainly not least, is the heroic ninja and occasional fire breathing toad Jiraiya, from "The Magic Serpent" (1966).
Big thanks to and for the last minute LiveTrace assistance.
And extra thanks to for some constructive criticism, that helped me improve this picture from its lesser original version and related inks (namely King Caesar's face and head regions).
That above was the short description for this upload...NOW onto the horrifically informative Extended Description.