12/18/17

Godzilla Jokes and Riddles Coloring Book (Cinnamon House, 1979)

Here is an exquisite rarity that I learned about last year, when I missed out on a Japanese Yahoo auction due to the time difference.  I had known about the other three Cinnamon House activity books, which I own:  Godzilla Dot-To-Dots (has a very similar cover), Godzilla Search-A-Word Shapes, and Godzilla Puzzlers, which all three also came out in 1979.  We will have to do a post on them at some point--all four of these books are pretty rare! And, there are very few items tied to the Hanna-Barbera cartoon.


The premised of this coloring book (unused, thank goodness) is exactly what the title says.  Pages to color, interspersed with several original, but really bad jokes.  This would have been right up my alley in 1979, but even small me wouldn't have told some of these.  Let's take a look:

Nope....this one was phoned-in.  At least Godzilla is "on-model," that's the nicest thing you can say for this coloring book!
Groan...that's not a potato!
Through the dimming prism of time, we can look at the design of the Stone Creatures and laugh, because they look like California Raisins...or wait, exactly like a Geodude, a Pokemon!

Lizard Minnelli? What kid is going to get that? Or, Studio 54 for that matter? Wait a second, what was that?
Oh dear! My daughter said this "looks like the woman on Shark Tank." At least now we have an idea where Minya might have come from....!
Another phoned-in oldie on the left...on the right: it's funny to stop and think about how omnipresent the Goodyear Blimp was in the 1970's.  It was a huge deal at the time.

Both of these are confusing...Roston Ruins? Did this turn into the Scooby Doo jokebook? I do like the way Godzilla is sitting on cars at the drive-in, but I'm not sure the illustrator had seen REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, to come up with this:
Looks more like THE GODZILLAFATHER to me...oh crap, now I'm doing it. Help.

I'd like to say the bad puns are over, but...Smashbrowns. The worst joke, to me, was a page that didn't get photographed...no amount of discussion can prepare you for this, so here goes...get ready:

Why did Godzilla get divorced?
Because he's a home-wrecker.

Really, Cinnamon House? You just did that?

"It's a laugh riot!"

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