Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Hawkman and Flash Gordon



Even though I was born a few decades too late, I had always been a big fan of the classic cliffhanger movie serials, and that was my first exposure to Flash Gordon. I later discovered the amazing comic work with art by greats like Alex Raymond and Al Williamson and my  interest in the character really grew from there.  I have to Imagine that the Hawkmen from the Flash Gordon strip were more than a little instrumental in the evolution of comicdom's most famous winged character.

6 comments:

AirDave said...

Awesome combination!

It's a shame that cool characters like Buck Rogers, John Carter and Flash Gordon been stuck to the printed page and haven't been given the opportunity to really shine on the screen. I didn't seen the SyFy Flash Gordon show...but the '80's movie could have been better. Buck Rogers seemed kinda cheesy - sorry Gil Gerard and Erin Grey.

I liked the John Carter movie. I'm not sure why it bombed. Marketing maybe?

I doubt we'll ever see a Hawkman film...

Rick L Phillips said...

This brought back to me a happy memory. A local TV station would air the Flash Gordon serials at 11pm every Saturday night. Mom,Dad and I would stay up and watch them while we all drank milkshakes. An introduction to me and nostalgia for them. Family fun all around.

Bob Greenwade said...

AirDave - If you ever do start watching the Syfy Flash Gordon show, don't quit part way through. It started horrible, but quickly improved halfway through and was really quite good by the time it ended.

As for the John Carter movie, it bombed because most people who saw it thought it was bad. It was good enough to deserve a few fans like yourself, but (at least for me) the mostly mediocre acting, writing, plotting, and other core elements just weren't enough to make up for great sets, costumes, and CGI work.

Ross - This is a great cover, and really fits one of the ideals of the series: bringing together characters who you wouldn't expect to go together, but are perfectly natural with the right story. And this is definitely the right story -- one that I'd definitely buy if it were an actual comic.

Anonymous said...

will you be doing anything with ASTRO CITY, now that it is back?

Ross said...

Painted covers can be tricky but I would like to

dangerzone said...

I never realised how "olde timey" Hawkman as a vintage-type hero was. Here, he really fits in as a 1930s pulp character. I never saw it. Not his wife however, Hawkgirl is a very ultra-modern heroine for today.

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