Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon, Vol. 4 (Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon)

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Brilliantly illustrated by the legendary Alex Raymond, Flash Gordon epitomizes the golden age of the newspaper comic strip. Thanks to Raymond's unrivaled gift for gorgeous, spawling artwork and rapid-fire plotting set on a world of unrivaled wonder, Flash Gordon quickly became a household name, a name which still resonates in film, literature and cartooning to this day. Volume 4 collects strips from June 12, 1938 to January 21, 1940, continuing the saga of Flash, Dale and Ming on the planet Mongo.

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Alex Raymond is known for his wildly imaginative stories and sprawling, extra-terrestrial landscapes that inspired countless writers and artists, creating a visual imagery that persists in the science fiction genre to this day.

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The fourth volume reprinting vintage comic strip Flash Gordon includes a year-and-a-half's worth of color Sunday episodes, 1938-40. Considering that Flash's name has become synonymous with science fiction, it's remarkable how little here is genuinely sf. There's no interplanetary travel, for once Flash, his girlfriend Dale Arden, and their scientist friend Dr. Zarkoff rocketed from Earth to Mongo, they tended to stay there. Despite the presence of rocket ships and "spaceo-phones," most plotlines involve exploring Mongo and encountering its strange tribes and fantastic creatures. In these strips, they flee their archfoe, Ming the Merciless, to Mongo's remote northern reaches; meet Fria, queen of the Ice Kingdom; and battle fearsome giants living in caves beneath the frozen wastes. It's as silly as it sounds, a far cry from today's more sophisticated comics. It moves at breakneck pace, though, little heeding polished characterization and dialogue. Which barely matters, for Flash's raison d'etre is Raymond's gorgeous art: its ravishing brushwork, idealized figures, and lush backgrounds that make Mongo spring to life. Gordon Flagg
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