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Flash Gordon Volume 4: The Storm Queen of Valkir Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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About the Author
Raymond was the creator of several strips at the time; Flash Gordon, Secret Agent X-9, Jungle Jim; and needed Moore's scripting assistance. Moore lasted on the strip beyond Raymond's tenure
Austin Briggs (August 9, 1908 – October 10, 1973)
After working for a while at advertising agency, he became an assistant to the cartoonist Alex Raymond on Flash Gordon and succeeded him on Secret Agent Corrigan. In 1940 he drew a Flash Gordon Daily strip which he stayed on until about 1944. He drew the prestigious Flash Gordon Sunday strip from 1944 until 1948He was one of the founding faculty for the Famous Artists School. In 1969 he was elected to the Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame.
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The stories themselves were not high literature. More often than not, they involved Flash landing in some new kingdom of Mongo during his quest (during these years) to battle Kang, the son of the emperor Ming who Flash vanquished in earlier stories. Invariably, along the way, Flash encountered beautiful Queens (who first fall in love with him, making Dale jealous) or egotistical Kings fearful that Flash will usurp them. They then imprisoned him, pitted him against strange alien creatures, threatened his life, put him through a deadly trial or two and then Flash is either released or escaped to move on to the next adventure. One interesting thing in these stories is Kang's development of an "atomic weapon'. Done in 1946, this has to be inspired by the first atomic bombs, and when Flash explodes them he warns soldiers to avoid the deadly radiation.
Regardless of the stories, the high point of this book is the art. As the strip developed from 1944-1948, you see that Briggs art got stronger and stronger and arguably proved to be a more than able replacement for Raymond. In fact, Briggs work was popular enough that when Raymond returned from serving in the Marines after WWII, he was not asked to return to Flash; instead Briggs continued Flash and Raymond created Rip Kirby – another classic.
From the notes, this book was compiled from proof sheets of the strip and while published to scale at 10 x 7" (w x h) these are smaller than originally published in the newspaper (14 x 10") and do not fill the page, leaving a 1.5” border at the top and bottom of each page . Sadly, those are my two complaints about the volume. To me, a lot of the color obscures the details of the art (I hate to say it, I’d prefer B&W), and the text is small to begin with and difficult for my aging eyes to read; thus 4 stars rather than 5. I realize that the format of these books had already been set with the first three Titan volumes, and to make the pages larger would have required a book about 3” wider, however it sure would have helped the readability of the entire line if that had been done from the start.
Regardless, I am very happy Titan finally published this volume (I think it had been cancelled once). It is nice to see Briggs version of Flash! Great art; good fun. And, as I said, it’s about time.
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We, in India tasted the spectacular progress in science after the launch of Indian space mission and the popularity of Flash Gordon in India can be attributed to the immense popularity of science Fiction during the period from 1971-1985.
Flash Gordon was daring and the Indrajal Comics made him a darling for the teenagers.The beautiful Dale Arden and the cruel Ming, the crafty Baron Daktula and the cosmic entities quickly made Flash Gordon the most admired spaceman in the subcontinent.This collection only adds to the nostalgic value of Flash Gordon and his celestial exploits and reflects the admiration of the Indians for the Comic book hero who indulged in meditation and Yoga , long before these became truly popular in the west.
Atleast two generation of Indians have grown up with Flash Gordon and he remains a popular hero who virtually represented humankind in the distant planets and stars and embarked on a intergalactic mission along with his attractive love interest.
Carry on Flash Gordon.
You made a remarkable work!
I attens with impatience April 2016 for the next volume!