Kaiju Cross-Section Trading Cards, 1979

Mechagodzilla 80 1979

Baragon 80 1979

Hedorah 73 1979

King Ghidorah 73 1979

King Caesar 68 1979

Mogera 68 1979

Balun 59 1979

Gigan 59 1979

These large cards detached from a manga magazine published by Kodansha in 1979, demonstrating once again the Japanese art of cross-section. The kaiju pictured are, from top to bottom, Mechagodzilla, Baragon, Hedorah, King Ghidorah, King Caesar, Mogera, Varan, and Gigan.

I think it’s pretty fascinating that, on the one hand, the kaiju genre is all about sustaining an atmosphere of childlike wonder and fantasy; but on the other hand, all of the monsters here are presented as objects of science, methodically dissected and classified.

It sort of reminds me of the analytic-creative duality of D&D.

See more of this set and others at the Bromide Store on eBay.

2 Responses to “Kaiju Cross-Section Trading Cards, 1979”

  1. 1 leftylimbo April 17, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Almost too much goodness to digest this morning. Ho-ly crap. What I would do to have posters made of these cards. Wow.

    Have you seen those “Incredible Cross Section” books by Stephen Biesty? I used to geek out on those back in the ’90s.

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