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The second of Checker's re-issue of the color Flash Gordon strips from the pen and brush of its unsurpassed originator, Alex Raymond! The work of a master at his best, these color strips were originally published in 1935 and 1936.
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Overview

The second of Checker's re-issue of the color Flash Gordon strips from the pen and brush of its unsurpassed originator, Alex Raymond! The work of a master at his best, these color strips were originally published in 1935 and 1936.
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Outstanding art overcomes weak scripts in this sci-fi classic, which started in 1934 as a rival to the extremely popular Buck Rogers. The story begins as three Earthlings-muscular Flash, beautiful Dale and brilliant Dr. Zarkov-are dropped on the alien planet Mongo, ruled by Emperor Ming the Merciless. Much swashbuckling hugger-mugger ensues, as Flash, Dale and Zarkov bounce from one realm to another, from one crisis to the next. Uncredited writer Don Moore relies on melodramatic conventions to keep things moving: handsome but humorless Flash is irresistible to any alien queen he meets; Ming is a standard, creepy Yellow Peril villain; Dale alternates between simpering and pouting. Nevertheless, Raymond's wonderful brushed ink illustrations bring the characters to life. His work recalls the tradition of magazine illustrators such as Joseph Clement Coll and J. Allen St. John, and is superbly composed and executed. The notion of Flash wrestling with a monstrous "constrictosaurus" while chained to the wall of a dungeon is a clich , but Reynolds's rendering makes the silly beast appear menacing. His Dale is more attractive than irritating. Even Ming looks wily enough to be convincingly dangerous. The terrific art makes ignoring the slapdash writing worthwhile. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974166469
  • Publisher: Checker Book Publishing Group, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/15/2004
  • Series: Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon Series, #2
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2004

    A key period for Raymond's art

    The second volume in this reprinting carries us on into Raymond's work from 1935 - and spectacular, sketchy, organic-looking, pulp-influenced work it is, too. Raymond seemed to retool the art for this strip every couple of years or so, so the simple, cartoony line work from 1934 is gone. Replacing it is a shadowy, sometimes crosshatched style that infers and suggests, letting the mind's eye fill in the rest. Also, the coloring here is ingenious - sometimes the art looks as if it's just had a watercolor glaze put over it. That's the beauty of not trying to recolor these pages. The stories, chock full of S&M and weird creatures, depict a world that will be gone by 1937, as the King Features strips were abruptly tamed down (supposedly at the request of Hearst's mistress). The reprinting is competent, but I have a couple of nitpicks. The first is that no Flash Gordon reprint that I've seen reprints the paper dolls Raymond sometimes included on the pages. That would be a nice little addition to the back of some volume. The second nitpick is that where there are alternate versions of pages available, only one is used. The famous page showing the descent of the hawkmen comes to mind - Checker uses only the horizontal version, while I believe Kitchen Sink used both the horizontal and the breathtaking vertical versions. The third nitpick would be the graphic design and editorial content of the book itself. The back cover copy is almost impossible to read due to the typography and the colors chosen. As for an introduction, the publisher gives us something short and sweet when a real Raymond enthusiast would probably ask for a little more. Don Moore is simply listed as a 'contributor.' Darned if I know what that means. He was the script writer for the series (he would serve in that capacity until the early 1950's) and he had been one of Edgar Rice Burroughs' editors. Perhaps there's the fear of taking too much credit away from Raymond. I don't know. I love having this material back in print, though, and praise Checker for the effort put into this and its Winsor McCay volumes.

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