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Monday, December 26, 2016
"Rodan" released 1956
Following its success with Godzilla, Toho went with using prehistoric monsters as a winning formula and released Rodan in Japan, December 26, 1956. The original name of the monster was Radon, an abbreviated word from 'pteranodon' but was changed to Rodan for American audiences.
He was meant to be a stand-alone monster with his own franchise but was incorporated in the Godzilla franchise.