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Long before the heroes of Star Wars made battle with Darth Vadar, Flash Gordon was saving Earth from his mysterious enemy, Ming. Considered a cult classic, the Flash Gordon serial was a leader in sf movie history, starring Buster Crabbe as Flash and many beautiful starlets. With this chapter serial, each episode ended in a cliff-hanger, keeping the audience waiting for the next installment. Starting with a brief history of the Flash Gordon comics, this entertaining book chronicles the series from beginning to end. Each episode from all three serials is described completely in order. Interviews from the cast and crew and facts of production, budgets, and special effects are included; complementing the text are black-and-white photos from the serials. Kinnard, author of numerous film books; Tony Crnkovich, who coauthored (with Kinnard) The Films of Fay Wray; and R.J. Vitone, a comic book dealer, present a fascinating look at a forgotten film format. This thoroughly researched book is almost as fun as watching the films. Recommended for larger libraries.