Toho Company Ltd., the makers of Godzilla, was going to sue Japan Radio Pictures, as they thought Agon looked too much like their famous monster. But when they found that director/writer/SPFX director Fuminori Ôhashi (who helped out in making the first Godzilla suit) was working on the show, Toho simply said, "Oh, it's you! Well, it's okay then!"
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Originally filmed in 1964.
Agon was filmed in black & white, but with a sepiatone tint, giving it an unusual look.
The Agon monster suit, with some modifications, was later reused in the tokusatsu series The Space Giants, first as a generic dinosaur, later as Giant Fire Monster Aron.
Although four episodes of Agon: Atomic Dragon were complete by 1964, Toho used the no-compete clause in creator Shinichi Sekizawa's contract to prevent them from being broadcast for four years, citing Agon's resemblance to Godzilla.