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Flash Gordon Comic Book Archives Volume 2 Hardcover – December 28, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: Flash Gordon
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159582619X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595826190
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Brown on July 2, 2011
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This is the second volume of what will be several reprinting the various Flash Gordon comic book series from different publishers. At the time of this review, there are 3 out, with a fourth on its way, and probably atleast one more.

This volume reprints the stories published by King Comics, a very short lives (1966-67) attempt by King Features Syndicate to have their own comic book line. I don't know why it ended, can only assume they had distribution issues. Prior to this, pretty much all their stuff had been published by Western (first with Dell, and later thru their own Gold Key imprint). After this, all their titles went to Charlton (why there instead of back to GK, I have no idea).

King Comics run of was Flash Gordon issues 1-11, and backup stories in The Phantom 18-20. The art included work by such veteran artists as Al Williamson, Wallace Wood, Frank Bolle, Gil Kane, Ric Estrada, Reed Crandall, Mac Raboy, as well as two issues reprinting Alex Raymond's 'The Tournament of Mongo'. Just in term of the quality of artwork, this was the high point.

As to the stories.

As noted, there was a short-lived backup series in the Phantom comics, with art by Wally Wood. This was a separate storyling of Flash against space pirates that sadly wasn't finished.

In the main comic, the first issue gave a brief synopis of what had happened in the early comic strip with Flash and friends on Mongo, and had a couple of great stories in the style of those original ones.

The second and third issue again had a variety of stories of Flash & company, one of which pitted Flash against Ming.

The fourth issue started what would be a long series of adventures in the 'lost continent of Mongo', that would run thru issue 8.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A&D on August 4, 2011
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This was surprisingly good! The colors and the art are wonderful. The details of the drawings and the plot are increadible. I would recommend this one to all the scifi, comic, and graphic art fans.
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I have always liked FLASH GORDON to some degree,but I have never ever really bought any of the comic books or checked out any of the old FLASH GORDON movies.

However, I totally remember the cool 1980'S Filmation FLASH GORDON cartoon show. So, while in a local comic book store, I took a chance and picked up this book! After thumbing through the first few pages, I was hooked like a bass trout on a weekend fisherman's angle line! What kidnapped my eyes at "ink-point" was AL of WILLIAMSON'S amazing and spectacular artwork that he did on the FLASH GORDON:GOLD KEY COMICS (that are being reprinted here in this edition)! Man, if I was at charge over at GOLD KEY COMICS back in the day, I would have chained AL WILLIAMSON to his desk and would have never let him leave the building until this comic book series was finally over!I would have doubled or tripled his salary just so's he could finish the run of FLASH GORDON comics for the GOLD KEY publishing label!

For me, AL WILLIAMSON, is the definitive FLASH GORDON artist and this book is simply awesome! Any other comic book artist coming after WILLIAMSON'S beautiful work on FLASH GORDON just, sadly, pales in comparison!

It's a real crying shame that AL WILLIAMSON didn't draw all of the FLASH GORDON:GOLD KEY COMICS that are shown here in this very sweet collection. However, FLASH GORDON: COMIC BOOK ARCHIVES(VOLUME TWO) is still worth every single solitary penny! You get great adventure, romance, alien worlds, sexy damsels in distress, flying spaceships, and an all-American football hero now turned into an iconic super hero to save mother Earth from the sinister forces of the warlike planet, MONGO!

Honestly, though? I only dust about every two months or so but, trust me, this book sits proudly in my collection!..
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Groessler on April 11, 2011
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It's a beautiful book, it really is. The binding is sewn, nice shiny stock paper, the cover is as it is on Amazon. Reed Crandall, Gil Kane, Wally Wood, Al Williamson, Alex Raymond, Ric Estrada, Mac Raboy and Frank Bolle on the art. Dan Barry does cover #11, I never heard of Frank Bolle before, but he keeps pace with everybody else, he's really good. Reed Crandall is awesome in this book, his monsters and aliens are just something to see, a real eye pleaser. Al Wiliamsom and Wally Wood are always top notch, as is Gil Kane. The book is made up from King Comics 1966 and 1967, a foreword by Batton Lash, no extras, just solid story telling from Archie Goodwin, Bill Pearson, Larry Ivie and Al Williamson. Dark Horse has done a excellent job producing this volume, I'm very happy.
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