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    Know your lizard for the ‘Godzilla’ marathon

    A scene from the latest “Godzilla” movie, which opens Friday.
    Warner Bros. Pictures
    A scene from the latest “Godzilla” movie, which opens Friday.

    Warner Bros. recently released some “Godzilla” fun facts (he’s 355-feet tall, his footprints are 60-feet long, there are 89 dorsal fins on his back. . .), which prompted us to come up with our own list of Godzilla-in-pop-culture trivia.

    The Godzilla films were the first to make use of the process known as Suitmation.

    Blue Oyster Cult released the song “Godzilla” in 1977.


    The Boston-based rock band Dogzilla played around town in the late-’80s and early-’90s.

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    “Mystery Science Theater 3000” aired, and tore apart, “Godzilla vs. Megalon” and “Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster” in back-to-back episodes in 1991.

    Godzilla appeared with basketball star Charles Barkley in a series of Nike ads in 1992.

    Dark Horse Comics began a 17-month series of Godzilla comic books in 1995.

    Random House Children’s Publishing started releasing books inspired by, but not based on, the Godzilla films in 1996.


    The MTV Movie Awards gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.

    Melle Shipwash Starsen wrote the novel “I Want to Marry Godzilla and Have His Children” in 2001.

    Godzilla was referenced in “Austin Powers in Goldmember” in 2002.

    He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (6925 Hollywood Blvd.) in 2004.

    “Giant Green Lizard! The Musical” was produced in California in 2006.


    Godzilla is featured in the new “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” Snickers ad.