Monster of the Day #698

I wonder what it was like to be a designer on one of these Japanese monster shows. You could (at least sometimes, one would imagine) work you ass off to design a really cool monster, knowing in advance that by far the most likely outcome is that the monster will never appear in anything ever again. Maybe the designers wrote each monster a haiku expressing the ephemeral quality of their existence.

In a best case scenario, you get something like Ultraman, that lives on from iteration through iteration, allowing for monsters to be reused occasionally, and even get radical new re-designs that at least pay homage to the past.

Still…the first episode of Japanese Spider-Man, for instance, features this really loveable Gorn-like monster. Five minutes onscreen, and poof, he’s gone. I mourn you, Gorn-like Japanese Spider-Man monster.

  • Red King about to become sushi.

  • The Rev.

    Whoever designed Red King obviously did something right; I think RK has been in more Ultrashows than any monster, bar perhaps the Baltans, including two appearances in the original series (which the Baltans also got).

  • Flangepart

    Red King also has a ‘fang problem’. Drop the head too far and it’s hello neck punctures.

  • Yeah, he has a name, but to me he’ll always be Corncobbasaurus.

  • The Rev.

    Completely understandable.

  • Eric Hinkle

    It looks like Japan put more time and effort int making unique monsters for their TV shows than the SyFy Channel does with their ‘major’ movies. This when the CGI ought to make creating something truly bizarre easier.