Saturday, October 31, 2009

Episode 02. Nucleon, The Magic Globe

Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot:
The Complete Episode Guide
Nucleon, The Magic Globe
Originally aired Jan 8, 1969

Emperor Guillotine brings a huge robot globe to the earth -- and orders the agents of Gargoyle to kidnap Johnny and capture Giant Robot when they come to destroy it. The globe falls to the top of Mt. Makone and starts to roll down the mountain toward the town; the tank corps of the Defense Force attack it in vain and town people are thrown into confusion. Johnny, now a full-fledged member of Unicorn, comes flying to the town and calls Giant Robot to save the day ...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Episode 01. Dracolon, The Great Sea Monster

Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot:
The Complete Episode Guide
Dracolon, The Great Sea Monster
Originally aired Jan 1, 1969

The Earth is under attack by Gargoyle, a terrorist group led by the alien Emperor Guillotine -- who plans to conquer the Earth with an army of giant monsters. The first monster is batting planes out of the sky and attacking ships at sea. On one of those ships, a young boy named Johnny Sokko meets Jerry Mano, a member of top-secret peacekeeping organization Unicorn. When the monster sinks the ship, Johnny and Jerry drift to an island base of Gargoyle. While running from the gang, they find a scientist building a giant robot. The scientist explains that Giant Robot works by atomic energy and only obeys the person who gives the first order. Aware of Gargoyle's evil plans, he plants a bomb -- an atomic bomb -- to destroy his lab. After Johnny and Jerry escape from the explosion, Giant Robot rises from the ruins -- apparently, the atomic bomb activated its brain -- and Johnny is the first to speak to it ... and thus, only Johnny can control it.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ultraman Vol. One -- 5 BUCKS!!!

This morning at Target, I saw a special packaging of Ultraman Season One, Vol. One -- the first 20 episodes -- for a paltry five dollars! That's half the classic 1966 series.

If you need the whole set -- all 39 episodes -- you can still snag Ultraman: The Complete Series at Amazon for less than $15.

ASTRO BOY in theaters Friday

Osamu Tezuka's classic manga and anime icon Astro Boy hits your local cineplex this Friday (Oct. 23) in a big-budget, 3-D animated film from Summit Entertainment. According to Newsday, the film gives the '60s character a topical '09 spin, grappling with "topical issues, cosmic questions and metaphysical disorientation. If anyone still thinks animation is only for children, this first Astro Boy film will happily disabuse them."

More info at the Astro Boy official site.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Return of Robot-13

The creative team of writer Thomas Hall and artist Daniel Bradford returns with a second issue of the acclaimed robot vs. giant monsters comic Robot-13. (See sample art at their MySpace photo album.)

ComicNews.Info says: "Robot 13 continues to trek forward with the same original vigor and excitement that was set into motion in the first issue. Hall and Bradford allow themselves full liberty in borrowing from Greek mythology, providing a buffet for the imagination. Full disclosure: I’ve been in love with ancient legends since my youngest years. I also adored Clash of the Titans when I was a kid, and to say that I was once obsessed with Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Series is an understatement. Robot 13 manages to not only rekindle all of that long-forgotten passion, but it also injects a new flavor into the pleasure of remembrance."

Here's the press release from publisher Blacklist Studios:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Giant Robot: An Introduction

The next several Saturdays, we'll be posting a complete episode guide for the classic 1960s TV series Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot. The show originally aired in Japan as Giant Robo, a tokusatsu (special effects) series based on the manga (comics) by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, creator of Tetsujin 28-go (Gigantor).

Toei Company Ltd. produced 26 episodes of the original Giant Robo TV series, which aired in Japan from October 1967 to April 1968. The English dub version was produced by American International Television as Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Scared Silly

My friend Paul Castiglia, a noted comic book writer and editor, is launching a blog dedicated to comedy-horror movies, and working on a book.

In fact, he has a press release and everything:

Monday, October 12, 2009

Giant Monster Movies: Mothra

A kaiju that first appeared in the novel The Luminous Fairies and Mothra by Takehiko Fukunaga, the giant lepidopteran Mothra made her film debut in 1961's Mothra. Over the years she has appeared in several Toho tokusatsu films, and has both teamed with and fought with Godzilla on more than one occasion.

Here is Mothra's filmography, pulled from our master list of
Giant Monster Movies:

I'm a Marvel, I'm a DC

I was just watching these Mac/PC parodies from 2007 starring Spider-Man and Superman and wanted to share. Written and filmed by Michael Agrusso, they also include guest stars Batman, Wolverine, Hulk, Jor-El, and Uncle Ben. Click here to watch the YouTube playlist Hi, I'm a Marvel...and I'm a DC: Round One (10 videos)

And some selections right here:

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This blog is for fans of classic giant monsters and monster-fighters from the movies, TV, and comics -- including King Kong, Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, Dogora, Johnny Sokko and Giant Robot, Ultraman, Fin Fang Foom, Titano, The Host, and more. We also salute the classic genre and special effects films of Toho Studios Universal Studios, Hammer Films, not to mention the Frankenstein Monster, Count Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, giant robots, sci-fi, manga, and anime.