Tuesday, August 9, 2016


With Gold Key Comics Flash Gordon #23 we get back to the great creative team of John Warner and Carlos Garzon, carrying on in the fine tradition of Al Williamson. I enjoyed their fine work on the exciting Gold Key/Whitman series. 

Awesome looking logo!
The comics of Flash Gordon follow a handsome polo player and Yale University graduate, with his companions Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. The story began with Earth threatened by a collision with the planet Mongo. Dr. Zarkov invented a rocket ship to fly into space in an attempt to stop the disaster. Half mad, he kidnaps Flash and Dale and they travel to the planet. Landing on the planet, and halting the collision, they come into conflict with Ming the Merciless, Mongo's malevolent ruler.

Flash Gordon #23
"The Game of Death Part 1"
On exploratory mission, Flash and Dale are attacked by Warlord Moran.
"The Game of Death Part 2"
After their ships crash-land in an uncharted jungle, Morlan and Flash are forced to hunt each other by the local indigenous tribe of Jaguar Men.
Written by John Warner (Bloodstone) with art by Carlos Garzon (Star Trek).

Flash Gordon #23 was also published under the Whitman Comics logo, with the same publication date. It was later reprinted in Dark Horse Comics Flash Gordon Comic Book Archives Volume 4. These hardcover editions were a magnificent treatment, also featuring ads from the original comics.

Covers for the Norway (Knut Westad cover) and Portugal reprints.

Avon Books published seven Flash Gordon paperbacks by Conn Steffanson with great painted covers by George Wilson. Here's hoping Hermes Books will reprint these novels, as they are soon reprinting The Phantom Avon paperbacks, with the original covers!

I enjoy the looks of this cover, grabs my attention!
Street Comix #2 (Flash Gordon and His Adventures in Space #1) published reprints of Flash Gordon newspaper strips from 1952 written and illustrated by the incomparable Dan Barry (Predator) in a 7-in. x 10-in. black & white paperback with 32 newsprint pages. Street Enterprises published Comic Reader.

A real nice looking wraparound cover by Jerry Ordway!

Comic Reader (created by Paul Levitz & Paul Kupperberg) featured covers by Jerry Ordway (Superman) and John Byrne (Doomsday+1) . One of the back covers (#108 I believe) was James Bond by Jim Aparo (The Phantom), from an almost fiorgotten, proposed series at one time

Flash Gordon has been translated into a wide variety of media, including motion pictures, television and animated series. One of the latest version, a fun Flash Gordon television series, appeared on the Syfy channel in the US from 2007–2008.

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