This early concept art for Godzilla depicts how the King Of Monsters could have looked

We’re mere days away from Godzilla hitting theaters, so there’s no shortage of teasers, trailers, and other elements of the Hollywood hype machine working overtime to keep our attention on the King of Monsters’ return to the big screen. And while that’s all well and good, a new book titled Godzilla: The Art of Destruction may offer one of the more unique, interesting looks at the origin of the new Godzilla.

Published by Insight Editions, Godzilla: The Art of Destruction appears to be the typical “Making Of” book that accompanies most blockbusters of this sort, but among all of the interviews with the cast and creative team on the film, it also features a series of early, rejected designs for Godzilla. Several images are accompanied by comments from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards regarding the reasons the designs were rejected.

From an early, fish-like design for Godzilla, to a more retro design that paid homage to the monster’s rubber-suited roots, the images serve up a fascinating look at what might have been for the King of Monsters.

Over at Shock Till You Drop, they’ve posted five images from the book depicting some of these early designs. You can check out some of our favorites (for various reasons) below, and you can see  Godzilla in theaters May 16.

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