First Manga Appearance of Godzilla, Certified by CGC, Towers in Heritage Sale

Posted on 6/7/2024

The 1954 first manga appearance of Godzilla is the only graded example in the CGC Census, and it's available in a Heritage Auctions sale in June.

A rare, larger-than-life manga authenticated and graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) is stomping its way through a Heritage Auctions sale on June 20-23, 2024.

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Towering above the auction is a Science Adventure Picture Story Godzilla #nn graded CGC 3.5 (lot 91114). Published by Shueisha in 1954, this is the first manga appearance of Godzilla, a huge sea monster awakened and empowered by nuclear radiation. This example is the only CGC-certified copy of this rare manga book in any grade!

Godzilla first emerged on the big screen in 1954 with Ishirō Honda's film “Gojira.” This groundbreaking Japanese film, produced by Toho Co., Ltd., was a response to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as the Lucky Dragon 5 nuclear testing incident. Godzilla quickly became a cultural icon, appearing in numerous Japanese films, where he battled a host of monstrous adversaries, often shifting from a villain to a more heroic figure.

The franchise expanded globally, leading to multiple American adaptations, including the 1998 film “Godzilla,” and Legendary Pictures' Monsterverse series that started with “Godzilla” in 2014, and built up to pit the Tokyo titan against the iconic King Kong in the epic 2021 showdown in “Godzilla vs. Kong.”

In 2023, Toho released “Godzilla Minus One,” a film that returns to the franchise's roots with a more somber and reflective tone. The film won the Academy Award in 2024 for Best Visual Effects.

Godzilla's presence extended beyond the silver screen into various media, including comic books. Following the monster’s first manga appearance in this book, his introduction to US comics came through Marvel Comics in the 1970s with a series titled “Godzilla, King of the Monsters.” Later, Dark Horse Comics and IDW Publishing produced their own Godzilla series, exploring new narratives and pitting him against both classic and original kaiju.

For more CGC-certified comics from this Heritage sale on June 23, check out this article!

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