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    Frankenstein Conquers the World (Toho, 1965). Japanese B2 (20" X 29"). Riding high on the success of their Godzilla series, Toho Studios cast about for other giant monsters with which to thrill the movie-going public. One idea was to have Godzilla fight the ever-popular Frankenstein Monster, but this idea was abandoned, as it was felt the fight scenes would be too implausible. The character of Frankenstein must have resonated with someone, though, as Toho soon devised a way to bring Mary Shelley's creation into their universe: in the closing days of World War II, the heart of the Frankenstein Monster is brought to Japan. Soon after reaching Hiroshima, that city is virtually obliterated by the atomic bomb, and the heart is thought lost forever. It is, however, found by a young scavenger, who eats it, and, years later, begins to mutate due to the bizarre properties of the heart and the effects of radiation. The boy grows to monstrous size and runs away before he can be destroyed by the authorities, but when the giant monster Baragon appears, the mutated boy is Japan's only hope for salvation. Originally titled Furankenshutain Tai Chitei Kaiju Baragon (Frankenstein versus the Subterannean Monster Baragon), it was retitled Frankenstein Conquers the World for its release in the U.S., a title by which many fans know it today. The film is notable for the lead roles played by Nick Adams, perhaps best known as TV's Johnny Yuma, and Kumi Mizuno, known to kaiju fans for her work in several Godzilla films. Offered here is the original Japanese B2 for this movie, in impeccable condition, with no flaws to mention. Looking as fresh as the day it was printed, this will certainly inspire some spirited bidding. Rolled, Near Mint/Mint.

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