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Posts Tagged ‘Rodan’

Draw A (Giant, Prehistoric) Bird Day

April 8th, 2011 No comments

Apparently, Draw a Bird Day is a thing that happens. So here’s Rodan.

31 (Japanese) Monsters #6: Rodan

October 6th, 2010 No comments

For a monster who has been around almost as long as Godzilla himself, Rodan just doesn’t seem to get the love. Most of his half-dozen appearances have been in supporting roles or glorified cameos.

Yet Rodan is the third giant monster–after Godzilla and Anguirus–introduced by Toho Studios. He’s the second to headline his own film. And he’s the first to debut in color.

If ever a giant, radioactive pterodactyl deserved respect, it surely must be…


Monster Island Nickname Tweety Bird
Hails From The Cretaceous
Movies Appeared In
(not counting stock footage)
Hobbies Skydiving, Pinochle
Quote “Cheewaaaarrrraaooo!”

Rodan was originally one of a mated pair of prehistoric beasts unearthed by Japanese miners. The colossal pterosaurs were able to reach supersonic speeds, creating hurricane-force winds that demolished structures and armies alike. Their brief courtship ended when the dormant volcano that served as their lair was reignited by a missile attack.

One of them later emerged intact and teamed with Godzilla on several occasions to defend the world against recurring enemy King Ghidorah. But in the last two decades, Rodan has been a minor leaguer, playing second-fiddle to Mechagodzilla and making a brief appearance among the kaiju army in Godzilla Final Wars.

Maybe he needs a better agent.