Toho's monsters don't begin their existences as bodysuits. Illustrators must first sketch out every atomic spike, nuclear fang, and cybernetic proboscis adorning their rubbery hides. Check out Toho's designs for such classic kaiju as Mechagodzilla, Mothra, and Ghidorah.

There's loads more concept art at the blog Toho Kingdom from both old-school and modern Godzilla flicks. Also, marvel at the insignia for the most awesome United Nations gig ever - the United Nations Godzilla Countermeasure Center! That's perhaps the most macho resume builder ever.

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


King Ghidorah from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


Mothra (1961)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


Mothra (1961)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


Mothra (1961)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


Gorath (1962)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


Gabara from All Monsters Attack (1969)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


Mechagodzilla from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


King Caesar from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


Godzillasaurus from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


UNGCC Logo from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2 (1993). BEST JOB EVER.

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


Mechagodzilla from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2 (1993)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


Godzilla (1998)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


Godzilla vs. Meganula from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

The art that inspired Godzilla and other giant monsters


Godzilla Fighting Megaguirus from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)