One of science fiction's first space travellers finds himself up to his neck in trouble on the planet Mongo.
First published on 7 January 1934, Flash Gordon was created as a competitor for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Flash initially appeared in Sunday newspapers, going on to conquer the daily editions. Thanks in part to a distinctive shaded style of drawing that was superior to the art in Buck Rogers, the strip swiftly built a fan-base for its tales of Flash, his companions Dr Hans Zarkov and the beautiful Dale Arden, and its unforgettable villain, Ming the Merciless.
Flash Gordon's success in strip form practically guaranteed cinematic adaptations: three film serials of a dozen or so episodes each were released. The influence of these adventures on a generation of filmmakers is legendary, with George Lucas reputed to have made Star Wars only because he wasn't allowed the rights to remake Flash Gordon. These went instead to Dino De Laurentiis, whose 1980 film is notable mainly for its Queen soundtrack and a slightly campy cult following.
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