Noriyoshi Ohrai's Original Godzilla Posters Are Freaking Amazing
Noriyoshi Ohrai is a Japanese illustrator with a prolific 50-year career spanning multiple popular culture franchises, including Star Wars, Metal Gear, and, since 1984, the Godzilla pantheon. Although the daikaiju has undergone numerous transformations at the hands of different creative directors, no one has quite captured Godzilla's awesome terror quite like Ohrai did.
Godzilla is an allegory for nuclear weapons, in case this poster doesn't make it obvious enough.
Despite looking like a traditional Chinese dragon (and thus, screaming allegory of Japan vs. China), King Ghidorah is portrayed as a heroic defender of Japan against Godzilla, and was inspired by the hydra of Greek mythology.
Rodan is taken from the word pteradon. The 'a' and the 'o' were switched for marketing purposes in English-speaking markets only, with his original Japanese name being Radon. Radon also happens to be the name of an element which is, surprise surprise, highly radioactive.