We're in for a real treat, a couple of King Features Flash Gordon comic book (issues #9 & #10) featuring Alex Raymond artwork! Raymond created Flash Gordon back in 1934, the year this particular story heralds from. He used live models in his work and inspired many a young artist, the likes of Jack Kirby, Bob Kane, Russ Manning and of course, Al Williamson. In fact, Raymond was a major influence to George Lucas on his Star Wars motion pictures.
Alex Raymond was asked by King Features to create a Sunday comic strip to compete with Buck Rogers. Alongside ghostwriter and pulp-fiction veteran Don Moore, he created Flash Gordon and the rest...is history.
Raymond's first Flash Gordon comic strip introduced the "world-famous polo player", improbably roped into a space adventure alongside love-interest Dale Arden and scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov. Transported by rocket to the planet Mongo, which was about to collide with Earth. The trio immediately became embroiled in the affairs of Mongo's inhabitants—particularly those of its insidious warlord, Ming the Merciless, who would become Flash Gordon's most infamous nemesis.
Flash Gordon #9
Cover by Alex Raymond!
"The Tournament of Mongo Part I"
Flash Gordon brings new hope to the people of Mongo. Under his leadership they are uniting against a common enemy, Ming the Merciless. Vultan of the Hawkmen announces a Tournament of Death.
Script & art by Alex Raymond.
Text, coloring and panel layout changed from the original Sunday strip.
"The Prison of Mongo"
Tale of prison break from the rugged mountain prison for hardened criminals, just outside the city of Alania.
Written by Gary Poole with art by Al Williamson.
Jack Sparling back-up story.
"The Tournament of Mongo" was reprinted in The Flash Gordon Comic-Book Archives Volume Two hardcover.
|Eric (Smallville) Johnson played Flash Gordon with Gina (Supernatual) Holden as Dale Arden.|
Recently, I remembered Sam Jones having appeared in the 2007 television series Flash Gordon. His cameo was as a character named Krebb, an old prisoner who claimed to have met Flash's father.
|Flash Gordon has been available on DVD a few times after the show was cancelled.|
|Flash Gordon Limited Collector Edition Volume One hardcover with slipcase, from Nostalgia Press in 1967, advertised in this issue of King Features Flash Gordon comic book.|