"Beginning with his birth in the heart of a nuclear explosion in the 1954 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, The Official Godzilla Compendium has everything you ever wanted to know about the King of the Monsters. Published in cooperation with Toho, the Japanese studio that produced Godzilla's first 22 films, it takes an intimate peek behind the cameras and a nostalgic look at all of his movies. It even compares all of Godzilla's giant monster friends and foes by height, weight, wins and losses! Packed with photos and illustrations, movie summaries, and entertaining essays that cover all aspects of the last 40 years of Godzilla, this is the only official compendium published in America.
Written by J. D. Lees, editor and publisher of G-Fan magazine, and Marc Cerasini, a New York Times best-selling author of nonfiction."
The Official Godzilla Compendium is 144 pages long and was released on March 24, 1998, published by Random House. The book was written by J.D. Lees and Marc Cerasini, with original illustrations by Arthur Adams and guest essays by Kenneth Carpenter, Randall E. Osborne, John J. Pierce, Randy Stradley. It was compiled and edited by Alice Alfonsi and the cover and interior design were done by Susan Lovelace. Stills, posters and official concept art are included in the book's pages from Toho.
The book contains an introduction, information and images from all 22 of the Showa and Heisei Godzilla movies, profiles of the main series monsters, an overview of the Dark Horse Godzilla comics, the Random House Godzilla books, the Godzilla suits, guest essays titled "A Dinosaur Paleontologist's View of Godzilla," "Godzilla at Dark Horse Comics," and "Godzilla as a Parenting Tool," a filmography table of Godzilla movies, and the copyright icons of many of the monsters.
- M.O.G.U.E.R.A.'s copyright icon in the first page is accidentally used twice, and the first time it appears it's backwards.