- Series: The Complete Flash Gordon Library (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books (June 11, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857686887
- ISBN-13: 978-0857686886
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 1 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flash Gordon is one of the few comic strips from the first half of the twentieth century to retain any popular-culture currency, remaining synonymous with swashbuckling, space-exploring science fiction. For its first decade, it was arguably the best-looking strip on the comics pages, thanks to the lush brushwork and heroic figures drawn by its creator, Alex Raymond. This lavish full-color volume impeccably presents Raymond’s last three-and-a-half years on the strip; he’d enlist in the U.S. Marines in 1944, and rather than return to Flash after his discharge, he’d switch genres completely and create the detective strip Rip Kirby. Even before Raymond’s departure, the war had its effect on Flash. In late 1941, its hero, along with girlfriend Dale Arden and their scientist friend Dr. Zarkoff, left their base of operations on the planet Mongo after vanquishing their archfoe Ming the Merciless and rocketed to earth to aid the Allies. Flash’s story lines may now seem unsophisticated and its characters wooden, but there’s no denying Raymond’s artistic brilliance, which remains impressive to this day. --Gordon Flagg
"This lavish full-color volume impeccably presents Raymond’s last three-and-a-half years on the strip." – Booklist
"This was my first experience with Flash Gordon, but it has left me hungry for more. I NEED to get the other volumes in this series. And frankly, so does everyone else who works in or loves comics. This is a true masterpiece." - Comics Bulletin
"Alex Raymond’s work is as exciting today as it was in the 30’s and 40’s, or even my childhood. The pages are lovingly produced. Titan respects these pages as much as the fans and presents them as fresh and alive as if inked yesterday." - Greg Manchess
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Received mine yesterday. Everything is done to perfection. The paper choice, the restoration, the colors, etc... Like in the two previous volumes of this nice collection by Titan, the strips have been restored, but you simply don't notice it because the colors (as far as I can appreciate) have not been altered. So it looks crisp, and yet it feels old because of the combination of the paper choice and the restoration quality. This volume 3 completes Alex Raymond's run on Flash Gordon, leaving the way for Austin Brigs; which should be the coming volume 4 reprinting the dailies.
Great job here, worth every penny, buy with confidence!
Titan have put together a very tidy book.