Vintage Pulp Dec 20 2015
TOP 100
Ironfinger is exactly what it sounds like—a low budget Bond. But a particularly entertaining one.


The poster above was made for the Japanese spy movie Hyappatsu hyakuchu, a title which translates to “100 shots in 100”—i.e. to be infallible—but which was called Ironfinger for its English language run. A French-Japanese Interpol agent is assigned to break up a gun smuggling ring led by a mystery man known as Le Bois. The James Bond-inspired action starts in France, ends in the Philippines, and is preposterous the entire distance between, which we suppose we might have expected from the studio that made Godzilla. Our favorite moment: Mie Hama is flying a small airplane and sees minor villain Huang Chang Ling making an escape by parachute. She decides the best solution to the problem is to run into him with the plane—cue buzzsaw sound effect and bucketful of red paint. That isn't even the most gruesome demise on display here, but the movie isn't particularly violent—it just reserves a few clever deaths for those who deserve them. It also has a pretty rocking burlesque number right in the middle, performed by Hatsui Tanooka, who you may remember we mentioned a few years ago. Hyappatsu hyakuchu premiered in Japan today in 1965, and a sequel—which for a movie this weird was needed beyond doubt—came a few years later.

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Vintage Pulp Jun 6 2013
FATHER BLOWS BEST
Godzilla’s kid is a real son of a beast.

Above is an unusual poster for the 1967 Toho Co. flick Kaijū-tō no Kessen Gojira no Musuko, aka Monster Island's Decisive Battle: Godzilla's Son, which was shortened in the U.S. to Son of Godzilla. Below are eight lobby cards. Probably the centerpiece of the film is the proud rite of passage when Godzilla’s son, named Minilla or Minya, learns to gout radioactive fire. At first he can only manage what looks like a smoke ring. Pretty much harmless, we gather. In order to get his boy to blow a stream of proper radioactive chaos Godzilla resorts to stepping on the little one’s tail. That does the trick, but certainly such a move would constitute child abuse today. But you know what they say: Spare the claw, spoil the child. Anyway, we’d like to recommend Godzilla’s Son, but there’s no way—it’s laughably cheesy. But if you tend to be entertained by utterly ridiculous vintage sci-fi, well then, maybe it’s your cup of radioactivity.

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Modern Pulp Dec 13 2012
MOTHRA TO THE FLAME
Love him or hate him, there’s only one Godzilla.

Above is a colorful Japanese poster for the monster epic Mosura tai Gojira, aka Mothra vs. Godzilla. It was originally released in 1964, but we’re guessing from the big “93” at the bottom of the art that this piece was made for a nineties re-release, though we can’t find any info on that. For many Godzilla fans this is their favorite entry in the series. We tend to agree. But is it even appropriate to talk about best when referring to Godzilla movies? No matter what, it’s still just a guy in a rubber suit. Like satire, you either enjoy it or you don’t. It isn’t a matter of intelligence, but of temperament (which in this case can definitely be made more amenable to rubber suit chaos by psychoactive compounds, if you’re inclined). Anyway, maybe give this one a try. 

Update: We recived an email from Dekk, who informs us that this is a poster for a competely separate Godzilla/Mothra movie that was made in the 1990s, which helps clear up our confusion about the 93 on the art. It was actually entitled Gojira vs. Mosura, aka Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth. Thanks Dekk for straightening us out on that.

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Vintage Pulp Jul 24 2010
THE FINAL POLLUTION
Air quality index severe—all individuals should avoid outdoor activities.

Original poster for Gojira tai Hedorâ, known in the West as Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster. It premiered in Tokyo today in 1971. 

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Vintage Pulp Dec 9 2009
SHLOCKY FIVE
Weapons of mass destruction.

German language 8mm box covers for five Japanese monster films, circa 1969 thru 1973. The Germans got stuck with rather obtuse titles for some of these, whereas in English the films are simply, top to bottom, Atragon, Godzilla vs. Hedora, Godzilla vs. Megalon, Godzilla vs. Gigan, and Destroy All Monsters.     

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Vintage Pulp Jun 2 2009
SERIAL ’ZILLA
Forget that Cloverfield monster. No beast destroys a city like ’Zilla the killa.

Series of random Japanese Godzilla posters, circa 1950s & ’60s.  Look closely and you’ll see Raymond Burr peering from the bottom of 1956’s Godzilla, King of the Monsters. 

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Vintage Pulp Mar 17 2009
NATURAL BORN ’ZILLA
I am the lizard king, I can do anything.

Today’s nuclear theme continues with this poster for the Japanese monster flick Gojiratai Megaro, aka Godzilla vs. Megalon. If the title of the film sounds like a WWE undercard, then it’s fitting the climax consists of a tag-team wrestling match pitting Godzilla and a giant robot named Jet Jaguar against the fearsome twosome of Megalon and Gigan. Of course, if this were a wrestling match neither of the villains would be able to tag in or out, because neither has hands. Instead Gigan has at the ends of his arms what look a bit like Viking mead horns, and Megalon sports models of the Chrysler Building. The story here involves the aquatic Megalon deciding to destroy Tokyo in retaliation for nuclear testing that has endangered the seas, which actually makes him the good monster, in our view. Godzilla, on the other claw, is radioactive by nature, which presumably means weakness, baldness, anal bleeding, and slow, agonizing death follow wherever he goes. But none of this truly matters. All that matters is this is the Godzilla film with the kick. The kick. Don’t know what we mean? Your online search terms are: "Godzilla," and "kick." Trust us, you’ll almost believe a lizard can fly. Gojiratai Megaro  premiered in Japan today in 1973.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
June 24
1938—Chicora Meteor Lands
In the U.S., above Chicora, Pennsylvania, a meteor estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons explodes in the upper atmosphere and scatters fragments across the sky. Only four small pieces are ever discovered, but scientists estimate that the meteor, with an explosive power of about three kilotons of TNT, would have killed everyone for miles around if it had detonated in the city.
June 23
1973—Peter Dinsdale Commits First Arson
A fire at a house in Hull, England, kills a six year old boy and is believed to be an accident until it later is discovered to be a case of arson. It is the first of twenty-six deaths by fire caused over the next seven years by serial-arsonist Peter Dinsdale. Dinsdale is finally captured in 1981, pleads guilty to multiple manslaughter, and is detained indefinitely under Britain's Mental Health Act as a dangerous psychotic.
June 22
1944—G.I. Bill Goes into Effect
U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Servicemen's Readjustment Act into law. Commonly known as the G.I. Bill of Rights, or simply G.I. Bill, the grants toward college and vocational education, generous unemployment benefits, and low interest home and business loans the Bill provided to nearly ten million military veterans was one of the largest factors involved in building the vast American middle class of the 1950s and 1960s.
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