The Backbrain doesn’t usually do birthdays, but there was a highly significant one that occurred in 1 January and we missed it! 1 January 2009 was the 80th birthday of Haruo Nakajima. Don’t know who he is? Here’s a clue?
My co-editor for the Daikaiju! books, Robin Pen, has written a tribute on the Planet blog.
And here is another that takes a different tack by kaiju expert August Ragone (which is where the above picture comes from).
Happy birthday, Haruo-san — albeit in retrospect. You are the Man!