Godzilla is an icon of pop culture that had its first appearance in the 1954 film "Godzilla". Since then it featured in 28 films of Toho Co., Ltd. and a number of American remakes. It appears in video games, novels, comic books and (animated) TV series. Its last appearance on screen was in the 2004 film "Godzilla: Final Wars" by Tomoyuko Tanaka. Japanese Monsters are the coolest and strangest. Maybe because Japanese culture offers so much more monster background. Godzilla – like Spiderman – was created by radioactivity, but not with a bite as much as a bang: a nuclear explosion is responsible for his existence which made him a walking metaphor for nuclear weapons in general. Godzilla – unlike Spiderman – is an outcome of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Some films saw him as a hero, while others saw a destructive monster that needed to be destroyed. His epic roar is copyrighted. Composer Akira Ifukube invented it for the 1954 film. To create this unique sound he used a resin coated leather glove, rubbed it along the loosened strings of a double-bass and then slowed down the playback. American remakes were not allowed to use the original roar due to copyright and had to create their own. The countless number of film posters is also amazing. Here are a few from films like: "Godzilla" (1954, Japan), "King Kong vs. Godzilla" (1962, Japan/USA), "Godzilla Raids Again" (1955, Japan), "Godzilla vs. Monster Zero" (1965, Japan) and "Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster" (1966, Japan).
Source: Amazing Godzilla Posterart 1954-1975 at wrongsideoftheart.com (http://www.wrongsideoftheart.com/2011/10/godzilla-gojira-1954-japan/)