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Flash Gordon Volume 6
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2010
As always, fans of Alex Raymond and Flash Gordon are in for a treat. This reviewer need not state the obvious by praising the artwork of either Alex Raymond, or the sheer fun of his Flash Gordon. All is well in that particular universe! However, back on this earth, the book suffers from a very sloppy editing job.

Starting about two-thirds of the way in, the pages are bound upside down and the weekly installments lose their chronological order. Ironically, these flipped pages begin after a story line in which Flash and gang are involved in an adventure centered (pun intended) within a reverse-gravity region of Mongo. In that story arc, the dialogue is intended to be right-side up, with the illustrations cleverly upside down. It's a lot of fun, and a very engaging device.

However, when that story ends, it's as though the proof-reader or editor didn't realize things should have reverted back to the former format. Now, everything is upside down; printing and artwork. To read it, one must turn the book over. Making things worse, the weekly chronology is also affected, and unexpectedly jumps ahead several months (into the next year in fact), making it necessary to thumb through the rest of the book to find the correct sequence. Thankfully, each segment is dated, or it would be even more difficult to make sense of it all.

After this rough patch, the pages and chronology finally fall back in line again within the last few chapters. This book would have received at least four stars, but for the problem described. Still quite enjoyable, but be prepared to work a bit when reading it.
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been reading a variety of early comic strips in collection, and of course Alex Raymond is a titan of story, art and characterization. This collection contains some wonderful stories, set on both Earth during WWII and Mongo. It includes the "upside down" adventure of the cave with reverse gravity, one of the highlights of Raymond's run on the series.
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VINE VOICEon October 14, 2012
As the adventure strip dies off of the comic page, it is nice to look back at a time when the genre was at its peak, with Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon among the tops. Following in the footsteps of Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon would wind up being the superior strip, with fantastic tales that have rarely been equalled on the comics page.

Volume 6 of the collection starts out mundanely enough. Flash, his girlfriend Dale Arden and friend Dr. Hans Zarkov are on Earth (having returned in the previous volume). Written in 1942 and 1943, this gives Flash a chance to fight for America in a WWII parallel against an evil dictatorship that is unnamed but clearly a Nazi Germany substitute. Of course, Flash, his friends and the virtues of democracy have the ability to overcome the dictatorship's navy.

A lack of radium (necessary for fueling the ray guns that Flash had brought from Mongo) gives Flash, Hans and Dale an excuse to return to that alien world. A crash landing will put them far from friendly faces and into an insurrection by the evil Prince Brazon against the vain but beautiful and kindly Desira. This conflict will take up the remainder of the volume.

If there is one shortcoming in this book, it's that there is no Ming the Merciless, for whom Brazor is not that great of a substitute. Still, this is another fun collection of strips again showing that the comics page of yesteryear offered more than its contemporary equivalent.
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on March 11, 2013
Alex Raymond created Flash Gordon, certainly the high water mark of American Adventure Comic Strips. Beautifully drawn, imaginatively written, it has lasted for decades. So good it has been adapted to comic books, paperback books, television, movie serials, motion pictures... a Science Fiction and Adventure icon.
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on January 7, 2009
Nice, but maybe a nicest printing could be done. A larger scale, with a better color treatment and a better restoration. The actual printing is not that bad, but I guess is all you can get with a cheap chinese printing.
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