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FLASH! Ah-hah —

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While many of us of a proper age cringe whenever we hear that Queen-penned theme song to the 1980s FLASH GORDON motion picture, it’s with considerable (and, I hope, pardonable) pride that I note the first of four Library of American Comics volumes collecting the original FLASH GORDON comic strip is now on sale. Printed in our overside “Champagne Edition” format, this giant book features 152 pages of meticulously-restored Alex Raymond artwork, featuring not just FLASH GORDON, but also its “topper” strip, JUNGLE JIM. This allows readers to experience both strips just as they originally appeared in the newspapers from January, 1934 to May, 1936.

I open the festivities with an article looking at the origins of both strips and providing the first-ever detailed biography of FLASH/JIM scripter, Don Moore. It’s an honor to be part of this important project, and to add at least a bit to our overall understanding of the history of this science fiction/fantasy icon (and his jungle-adventuring companion on the comic page).

For more info on the book, please check here: http://www.libraryofamericancomics.com/catalog/series/1961/  and here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_16?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=definitive+flash+gordon+and+jungle+jim+volume+1&sprefix=definitive+flash.

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Written by cnwl1

December 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

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