FIGHTO! by Bob Kessel
Bob Kessel has created a new art series titled “KAIJU” featuring Japanese movie monsters like Godzilla, Mothra, Ghidorah and Rodan. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.
KAIJU are Japanese monsters. Kaiju are typically modeled after conventional animals, insects or mythological creatures; however, there are more exotic examples.
While the term kaiju is used in the West to describe monsters from tokusatsu and Japanese folklore, monsters like vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein’s Monster, mummies and zombies would fall into this category. But Frankenstein’s Monster was once a kaiju in the film Frankenstein Conquers the World, which was created by Toho.
Kaiju are depicted as cannon fodder serving a greater evil. Some kaiju are elite warriors which serve as the right-hand man to the greater villain and are destroyed by the heroic forces. Others have a neutral alignment, only seeking to destroy buildings and other structures. During the early eras of tokusatsu, “heroic” monsters were seen in Daikaiju Eiga films, and it wasn’t until later when television tokusatsu productions began using kaiju which aided the hero, saved civilians, or demonstrated some kind of complex personality. These kaiju adopted many classic monster traits, appearing as the “Misunderstood Creature.” Some kaiju hung out with the heroes and provided comedy relief, in contrast to the darker approach to these characters from more mature franchises, like Kamen Rider.