Ultra Q Kaijus Appearing On Manga Magazine Covers


As I wrote in my yesterday’s post, Peguila and the other “Ultra Q” Kaijus such as Garamon, Pagos, Gorgos, Peter and M1 appeared on the covers of the magazine issues for boys in color back then.

While I don’t remember I actually saw them as a kid because I was too young, “Ultra Q” should have got a lot of coverage in the magazine “Bokura” and “Bokura Magazine” that used to be published from Kodansha as the publisher still releases the famous manga magazine “Weekly Shonen Magazine.”


The word bokura is used by a male speaker to refer to himself and the rest of people (male or female), and, given the magazine was intended for boys, it might be translated as “We Boys” or something.  In addition, the word shonen signifies a boy/boys.

“Bokura” was a monthly magazine that started being published in 1954 and “Weekly Bokura Magazine” took over in 1969 as the “younger brother magazine” of the “Weekly Shonen Magazine” launched in 1959 even though the Bokura Magazine ceased publication allegedly in the form of being absorbed or combined into the “Weekly Shonen Magazine” in 1971.

“Weekly Shonen Magazine”

Although it is said a larger portion of such a manga magazine was taken up by reading materials instead of manga than today, it is true that these manga magazines turned out many famous manga artists and products as they laid down the basis for the current rise of world-wide manga popularity.

“Kamen Rider” authored by Shotaro Ishinomori (Ishimori back then) was originally one of the manga products that appeared in the “Bokura Magazine” serialized in parallel with the TV tokusatsu show aired around the same time.

“Weekly Shonen Magazine”

2 thoughts on “Ultra Q Kaijus Appearing On Manga Magazine Covers”

  1. These pictures show all their textures so well. The rugged skins really make them look “real” or at least better than the suits used today. I wonder what happened. What a lucky kid that one with Peguila!

    1. Yeah, the reality and sort of “animatedness” should be one of the greatest feats about the Takayama sculpting including the monsters’ eyes that appear to make them look alive for real to the extent that I feel like no one else can imitate it.

      Right, the appearances of such kids on magazine covers should have made kid readers so envious back then. 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your view!

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