Flash Gordon: On the Planet Mongo: The Complete Flash Gordon Library (Vol. 1)

Overview

Beginning the complete library of the greatest science fiction hero of all time. 

Volume One will spotlight the work of Alex Raymond, legendary for some of the finest storytelling of the 20th century. Raymond illustrated the Sunday strips until 1944; with his clear and much-imitated style forming the original aesthetic of the most popular and easily recognised science fiction hero for decades to come. 

Introducing Flash Gordon, Dale ...

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Overview

Beginning the complete library of the greatest science fiction hero of all time. 

Volume One will spotlight the work of Alex Raymond, legendary for some of the finest storytelling of the 20th century. Raymond illustrated the Sunday strips until 1944; with his clear and much-imitated style forming the original aesthetic of the most popular and easily recognised science fiction hero for decades to come. 

Introducing Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, Dr. Hans Zarkov, and Ming the Merciless, this volume will catapult readers to the deadly planet Mongo.

These are the strips that influenced George Lucas to create Star Wars, and which illustrator Al Williamson said were "the reason I became an artist."

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A wonderful new way to experience Alex Raymond’s creation, and does grand justice to the artistic brilliance of the strip. It’s a must-have for fans, and a must-see for those who’ve never had the pleasure of reading the original series before." – Forbes.com

‘this is wonderful escapism, packed to the rafters with action, last minute escapes and lurid kinkiness.’ – SFX

'This is an absolute “must have” for anyone who considers themselves a comics aficionado or armchair science fiction historian.' – B&N Book Blog

"Titan Books gives this collection the star treatment it deserves, faithfully reproducing the original strips on a high-quality stock of gently off-white paper that avoids the too-bright reproduction of other collections. If you don't have the time to read all 200+ pages of this "coffee-table" book in one sitting, merely dig in at any point and be wowed by Raymond's phantasmal world called Mongo." – MTV

'Recaptured in the glorious, four-color tones that evoke the sense of old newsprint, Titan has managed to retain the look and feel of what it must have been like to read the series as it unfolded from week to week, where Raymond managed to cram non-stop action and adventure into a single page of panels and stlll get a reader to return each week.  This lovingly-presented volume should appeal to both new readers and those who might have even read it when it first came out 75 years ago.' – Fanboy Comics

'if the first volume is any indication, this series will be prized by longtime fans of Golden Age comics and new admirers alike.' – Playback STL

"As far as presentation goes, this is one huge and good looking book. Much like Titan’s other library editions to have come out and impress fans over the years." – Comic Attack

Library Journal
The action-packed Flash Gordon newspaper strip launched in 1934 as a competitor to Buck Rogers, and eclipsed that strip in style and influence, largely because of the illustrative mastery that Raymond showcases in this first of three volumes collecting his run. The battles of stranded Earthlings Flash, his girlfriend Dale Arden, and super-scientist Dr. Zarkov against the tyrant Ming of Mongo take them from the floating city of the Hawkmen to the underwater domain of Queen Undina and other exotic locales, with Raymond displaying a strong flair for landscape, deco-esque machines and spaceships, and gorgeously rendered human figures. These strips have been collected numerous times, by publishers including Checker (LJ 3/15/05) and, in a current competing series, IDW. The $75 oversized IDW hardcovers present most strips slightly larger, with linework reproduction about equal to the Titan book, and also include Raymond's companion strip Jungle Jim. But the Titan book, with off-white pages and softer colors, more closely matches the look the strips would have had in newspapers. VERDICT Whichever version is chosen, Flash Gordon is essential for fans of classic adventure comics.—S.R.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857681546
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 489,982
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Raymond is one of the most famous artists in the history of comic strips. He created Flash Gordon, Secret Agent X-9, Rip Kirby, and Jungle Jim. George Lucas has indicated that Flash Gordon was the inspiration for the Star Wars movies, and Raymond's work has inspired decades of writers, artist, and filmmakers.
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