The movie Gill-Man is perhaps better known by the title of his film, ‘The Creature From The Black Lagoon’.  (Not to be confused with the creature from the blue lagoon…  That’s Brooke Shields.)  Gilly (his friends call him Gilly) managed two cinematic sequels by 1956, which is more than Robby Reed’s H-Dial alter-ego pulled off.  Though some Dial H heroes have made return engagements, Gill-Man and his frogman/man-frog chic were a one-shot deal.

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  1. I think you mean 1986’s Manhunter, not Red Dragon. Red Dragon was the loose re-adaptation of Manhunter from 2002.

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