Posted By Art Baxter





Episode #4 - "Five Seconds Before the Explosion"
Written by Ryu Minamikawa.
Directed by Mimachi Nonagase
Original Broadcast Date: August 7, 1966

RAGON is a kaiju that lives in the sea and is similar in design to the Creature from the Black Lagoon. A bargain basement version that is. It doesn't matter. I really like this fish-faced goon. As for the story...who cares. What this episode has going for it are it's very nice special effects with the giant creature and humans interacting. I must say, that the miniature sets in these shows can vary wildly from beautifully detailed to cheap cardboard boxes with windows, but the optical effects are almost always seamless and very handsome.

It must also be noted that whoever was in this monster suit, most likely sweating profusely under hot studio lights, gives an especially fine performance here. Often the actor will give each kaiju a gesture or a movement that will give the creature a memorable characteristic. Granted, this kaiju is more flexible than most. It doesn't have a giant headpiece that is impossible to see out of let alone breathe in. This is probably the most free-moving costume in the series aside from its titular star. This episode is thrilling and moves at a fast pace. It's good dumb fun!

Generally, I draw from the figure once a week. There weren't any classes between mid December and the beginning of February but I wanted to keep my hand in it. I thought it would be fun to draw some monsters from Eiji Tsuburaya's late 1960s TV show, ULTRAMAN. This is the second one.

1 Comment(s):
RENO - リノは、サン said...
WHOAA!! thats Cool...
Thursday, March 24, 2011 03:44:37 AM
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