Unfinished Kaiju #2 – Anguirus

I did this drawing prior to the Black Scorpion one but during the same burst of energy. This is a “re-imagined” version of Anguirus. Anguirus was Godzilla’s first sparring partner. He and the Big G fought it out in the little seen first sequel to Godzilla. The sequel is little seen most likely for two reasons: one, it was titled Gigantis, the Fire Monster when it was first released, and two, it’s not nearly as interesting as any of the movies that followed. Anguirus gets killed before the climax of the movie.

When I was a kid I’d try to draw the Japanese movie monsters as I’d seen them on TV – looking like men in big rubber suits. These days I don’t worry about it. I don’t have to try and fit a man into a costume. In the movies that meant that the poor actor playing Anguirus had to spend the movie crawling around on his hands and knees. (With the exception of Baragon in GMK: Giant Monsters Attack all the kaiju have been played by men.) So here Anguirus is depicted as a dog like quadruped.