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The Creature From The Black Lagoon Gets His Very Own Art Show!

If I haven't already been crystal clear over the years, what with him knowing how to throw a party and looking amazing in The Monster Squad 'n all, the Creature from the Black Lagoon (aka: "Gill-Man") is my absolute favorite Universal Studios classic movie monster. He's always felt like the loner of the group... probably because he spends much of his time at the bottom of a lagoon.

Being such a fan of ol' Lagoony, I'm sure you can imagine just how happy I was to see that Creature Features (one of my favorite local shops) had put on a group art show completely dedicated to him. They had some truly fantastic pieces on display and it made me wish my pockets were much deeper, as I'd love to have many of the fine works in my home. Fortunately, taking photographs to preserve the memories doesn't cost a dime, so today I'd like to share with you a handful of my favorite pieces that were on display at the Creature from the Black Lagoon's 60th anniversary group art show. Enjoy!

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Black Vavoom indeed! This piece is clearly modeled after the classic "Weird-Ohs" model kits by Bill Campbell. I love that the chassis for his car is a bathtub, and he comes complete with a surfboard and a deep sea diving helmet.

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I've seen these life-sized Creature statues a few times before, but that doesn't make them any less impressive, and man what I wouldn't give to have one on display at home. Just look at all the fine details in it; the massive claws, the killer paint job, and thousands of tiny scales. Soooo nice! I really dig the "Criatura da Lagoa Negra" painting next to it as well.

Hit the jump to see the rest of the artwork:

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Now this is just fantastic. You have Gill-Man driving an ice cream truck, delivering frozen fish sticks to all the happy children in the neighborhood. And just look at them, they're green popsicles with fish bones inside! This is a product that needs to exist! To add to the madness, there's a big T-Rex and a mom filling a kiddie pool with water for her mutant squid baby. Yep, just another average day in suburbia.

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I really wish these were mass-produced, because I'd be the first in line to buy a can of Trader Gore's "Deluxe Chunk Creature in Black Lagoon Water". Seriously, with those hands bursting from within the can and green ooze leaking all over the plate, who wouldn't want this as a centerpiece in their horror collection?

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Here's another one I'd love to see the artist turn into a series of prints, because the colors are absolutely killer. Frame it with some neon green lights and you've got one hell of a nice Creature tribute.

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I really love the idea of the creature leaving his lagoon to catch some sun rays as he leans up against a happy napping dimetrodon. Living the dream!

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This is a piece where the photos don't quite do the artwork justice. The artist actually had the lagoon water backlit so it was constantly changing colors, creating some seriously awesome mood lighting that really made the Creature pop.

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If this one looks 3-D, that's because it is. The artist built this one up in layers, complete with one of the Creature's vicious claws bursting right out of the frame with a splash of lagoon water.

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Finally, somebody has taken answered that age old question: What kind of bait does one use when fishing for a Creature from the Black Lagoon? The answer? TWINKIES.

Of course.

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Who wants to send a message in a bottle when you can send a Creature in a bottle to deliver that message instead? Glug, glug.

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I'm not sure how long it took to place and fuse all these melty beads together to create this impressive homage to the Creature, but I guarantee it wasn't a quick job. Also, this really makes me wish there was an 8-bit game starring ol' Gill-Man.

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I thought framing a nice painting of the Creature with a porthole window to push the whole nautical theme was a great idea.

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THIS IS YOUR GOD.

So those were some of my faves at the Creature from the Black Lagoon 40th Anniversary group art show. I hope you enjoyed checking 'em out. Be sure to drop a comment below and lemme know which ones were your favorites!

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Boo Berry Bebop on 09/24/2014 8:13 pm

It's good that the creature gets recognition for once!



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Boo Berry Bebop on 09/24/2014 8:14 pm

I want an 8-bit gill man.



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All Hail Duke on 09/24/2014 10:05 pm

good stuff

had planned to do a monster cereal painting of the gill-man, but was beaten to the punch by robot chicken



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Al Boondy (Guest) on 09/25/2014 11:10 am

That 8-bit Gill Man reminds me of The Amazon from NES Pro Wrestling ...



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AllHallowSteve (Guest) on 09/25/2014 3:33 pm

The closest we got to an 8 bit Gil Man game was Eternal Champions' "Trident" character from the Sega Genesis game.



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-RoG- on 09/25/2014 6:37 pm

Al Boondy - I thought the same thing. Gotta love The Amazon and his piranha bite!

AllHalloSteve - Wow, haven't thought of that character in a loooong time! Trident was classic:



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baronterror on 09/25/2014 11:40 pm

I've always kinda loved Gill Man best myself. Always loved suit monsters and he was the best if not the first. Turned me on to all kinds of madness. Also I saw it broadcast in 3D on Son of Svengoolie when I was like 3. Got glasses and everything and got special permission to stay up and watch it with my dad. Marked me for life. Oh, and it may have been Revenge of the Creature but I prefer to remember it as the original.

Anyway these are some great pieces and I could totally make that cool tuna can escape piece.



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A-bomb (Guest) on 09/27/2014 4:22 pm

Gill-man is definitely one of the most underrated of the classic monsters, so it's nice to see him get his own art tribute. I think the frozen fish stick ad is my favorite, and I agree some ice cream company needs to get on the ball making them a reality.



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eL GUAPO on 09/28/2014 11:20 pm

Rog, now just score Gill-man aka Creature with a deal with General Mills getting him his own monster cereal and it's a wrap. This will finally give Gill man the credit he so long deserves. You hear that General Mills? It's time for a new monster added to this list!



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-RoG- on 09/29/2014 7:35 am

baronterror - Agreed. Creature is by far the best of the suit monsters; and yes, I'm including Robot Monster on that list. ;) Also, you can replicate that tuna can escape? Let's see it!

El Guapo - Yep! Been saying it for ages, if there's one monster out there that would be perfect as an addition to the Monster Cereals line-up, it's gotta be Gill-Man. Make the cereal green and have it taste something like Apple Jacks and I'll buy 'em by the truckload. It's time for General Mills to deliver a new monster to join us at the breakfast table.



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miguel (Guest) on 04/13/2016 10:33 pm

Does anyone know who did a picture/drawing of the creature saying "I'd fish me..."? I would like richer this tattoed but I would like richer permission from the artist first.



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