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Marvel Comics Shogun Warriors

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A group of humans armed with giant Robots. They called themselves the Shogun Warriors and lived and worked in Japan.  The team even teamed-up with the Fantastic Four. After this, the Shogun Warriors have not been seen again.[]

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Shogun Warriors were licensed in 1979–1980 for a 20–issue series by Marvel Comics, written by Doug Moench and featuring art by Herb Trimpe. In the comic, the Shogun Warriors were created by a mysterious group called the Followers of the Light. Human operators were chosen from all around the world to operate the massive robots in order to battle evil.

Marvel was only able to license three Shogun Warriors for the comic:

  • Raydeen, piloted by Richard Carson, an American stuntman
  • Combattra, piloted by Genji Odashu, a Japanese test pilot
  • Dangard Ace, piloted by Ilongo Savage, an oceanographer from Madagascar.

The series was firmly rooted in the Marvel Universe, as evidenced by their interactions with the Fantastic Four in the last two issues. Issue #15 was a fill-in written by Steven Grant with art by Mike Vosburg. The series took a dramatic turn with issue #16, as the Shogun Warriors' mentors were destroyed by the Primal One and his followers. This alien force decided that Earth's technology had outpaced its morality, and so it was their duty to destroy the Shogun Warriors as well as other powerful humans, including Reed Richards and Tony Stark. Between February 1979 and July 1979, Marvel had the comic book rights to both Godzilla and the Shogun Warriors. While the characters never crossed paths in their respective comics, artist Herb Trimpe (who did the artwork for both of the series) drew a variation of Godzilla and Rodan alongside Daimos, Great Mazinger, Raydeen, and Gaiking on the top page of a comic book ad soliciting the Shogun Warrior toys. Mattel, which had the license to the Shogun Warriors, also had the licence to produce toys based on Godzilla, and Rodan at this time.

After Marvel lost the rights to the characters, they had a huge robot called The Samurai Destroyer destroy the three robots offscreen before encountering the Fantastic Four and robot pilots Richard, Genji, and Ilongo.

Though he never appeared in the comic series, Red Ronin, a robot created for Marvel's Godzilla comic book series, was mentioned occasionally and was frequently written about in the letters pages. 

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Shogun Warrior 1976 Commercial

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Shogun Warrior vs Godzilla Commercial 1970's

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