Saturday, January 27, 2018

Flash Gordon and Superman


Because of the 80's camp classic film (and that film's role in the movie Ted), Flash Gordon is often considered a cheesy character.  For me, my first thoughts go to the amazing comic strips he appeared in.  The artwork is beautifully detailed, well ahead of its time when compared to most comics of the era.  I'd love to see a more serios take on the sci-fi hero one of these days.

15 comments:

Sonofjack said...

A pair of classic characters that truly belong together.... I wonder if anyone out there ever teamed these two together with their Captain Action action figures.

Anonymous said...

loved captain action....lol i had the superman costume for captain action wish they would do a new one for him!!!!

Mickey said...

It's too bad that cheesy versions of a character ruin the image. I agree with you that this is what happened to Flash Gordon. I saw the movie when I was a preteen, I dare say no older than age 11. I had not heard of Flash Gordon until then. I liked it, but I watched it again about 30 years later and saw how cheesy it was. I have seen old strips and even on TV shows that were much better. Unfortunately the same could be said for the band Queen who did the soundtrack for that. Their music before that was amazing, but they seemed to go downhill after that. C'est la vie, I guess.

On another note, could you imagine Flash Gordon as a DC character? I wonder if he would have been part of the Superfriends. He and Barry Allen would be confused when someone said, "Hey, Flash!"

Finally, I think that this pairing with Superman is great. As Sonofjack said, they are two classic characters that should belong together. I would love to see a group of these classic characters come together in a story. Imagine these two with, say, Batman, Captain America, Green Hornet, Dick Tracy, the Phantom, Namor, Captain Marvel, and a number of others that did not cross my mind that likely will later on this afternoon. Thank you again, Ross, for a great cover and great idea for a pairing.

Cary Comic said...

The comic book division of Dynamite Entertainment came pretty close with their adaptations of the King Features Three. Aka Golden Age Flash Gordon plus the twin brain children of Lee Falk (Mandrake and the Phantom). It was a brilliantly imaginative tribute to the classic comic strips when DE's introductory story arc, involving the the KF3, depicted Ming the Merciless using a Stargate-like device to EMP 21st century-Earth!

Thereby forcing us to revert to diesel-punk technology.

Speaking of whom: I love the punny title. Classic!

Kid Charlemagne said...

DC and DE (if the latter company still holds the comic-book rights to FG) need to do this in real life.

How about Flash Gordon and James T. Kirk? (I checked the FG covers and noticed you haven't crossed them over yet.)

Ming found a way to hack into and control a Doomsday Machine...

Also, where is FG's truest equivalent, Buck Rogers?

Bob Greenwade said...

Of course the most natural team-up of a DC hero with Flash Gordon would be Adam Strange (which happened here in #1230, though I wouldn't mind seeing another occasion). Another interesting possibility, though, would be if he's a relative (cousin? descendant?) of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon.

For recent depictions of Flash Gordon in media, the 2007-08 TV show on Syfy is worth mentioning. The early episodes are execrable, but if one watches to the end one's patience is quite well rewarded. Even so, I'd like to see a modern run that's a bit more true to the original vision.

And I agree with Kid C -- put Flash and Buck together for a cover.

Kerry Yates said...

Love checking this page for new covers everyday to see what you have come up with, great job Ross.

Timothy Aymar said...

As much as I like the film, the Williamson art and the RAYMOND strips, and the serials are art, and need to be recognized for how wonderful they are.

Ross said...

Thanks, guys!

Yes, I have been thinking about putting Flash and Buck together on a cover.

Anonymous said...

Buck Rogers _and_ Flash Gordon? Now, THAT I would gladly shell out sixty hard-earned cents for! :-)

Seriously, though: the FG movie with Sam Jones might have been campier than all three seasons of the Adam West Bat-show put together. But, it well deserves its cult-classic status. I mean, let's face it. Any movie that features the awesome character acting of Max Von Sydow, and the music of the rock group Queen, will never, ever, be all bad.

Scott Cummins said...

I never have seen the Flash Gordon movie from the 80's. I have been exposed to Flash Gordon 4 times. The first was when my PBS station ran the original serial as a 2 hour movie. The second was the animated Flash Gordon that ran on Saturday morning, which was a straight sci-fi story from I think Hanna Barbara. The 9 issue mini-series DC did in the middle 80's (one of Dan Jurgens earliest works for DC). The last was the short lived series on the SyFy Channel but I lost interest in it after the first episode.

Sonofjack said...

I saw the Sam Jones Flash Gordon movie at the Indiana University student Union movie theater. Later on I saw the porno version, Flesh Gordon, as a midnight movie in the same theater!

I like the Sam Jones version better,

Cary Comic said...

@Scott: actually, that cartoon was from Filmation Studios, with the title character's voice done by Bob Ridgely. The same outfit--and the same voice-over artist--who first brought Tarzan of the Apes to animated life on CBS.

Anonymous said...

I preferred their post-Super Friends revival of the Batman cartoon from 1968. With voice-overs by Adam West and Burt Ward, themselves!

Anonymous said...

P.S.---the 1968 cartoons featured the voices of Olan Soule and Casey Kasem as the Dynamic Duo. Both of the former reprising their roles for Hanna-Barbera's SUPER FRIENDS, circa four years later. It was about six years after that, that CBS evidently won the licensing rights from DC to telecast a whole new batch of Filmation-made cartoons!

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