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The Tyrant of Mongo (The Complete Flash Gordon Library) Hardcover – December 18, 2012

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“Thanks to the top-notch presentation and restoration, Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo feels more like a collection of art than a simple comic strip. The faithful reprinting can be appreciated by longtime fans and newcomers alike.” – Horror News

“I would really recommend this book for the serious or casual fan of Flash Gordon.” – 8 Days a Geek

About the Author

Alex Raymond is one of the most famous artists in the history of comic strips. He created Flash Gordon, Secret Agent X-9, Rip Kirby and Jungle Jim

George Lucas has cited Flash Gordon as an inspiration for the Star Wars movies, and Raymond's work has inspired decades of writers, artists and filmmakers.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Flash Gordon Library (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857683799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857683793
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...But rather with Amazon's packaging.
This second volume of Titan's collection of AlexRaymond's FLASH GORDON is just as careful and faitfhul as the previous one, overall design and supplemental text pieces included.
Pay no attention to the now usual "Item under review" notice. It has become the standard reaction from Amazon when they receive enough complaints about damaged items due to improper packaging, something that has become more and more frequent of late.
The only thing "under review" here should be Amazon's packaging service and its alarming decline.
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This second volume of the adventures of Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon that spanned 1937 - 1941 published by Titan Books is, dare I say, better than the first one. The artwork this time seems more intricate than the first time around. This could be due to a better transfer of the originals or to Alex Raymond's art getting more refined as he became more experienced drawing the characters and such.

The introduction by Doug Murray this time gives us an insight of the progression Flash Gordon did from the printed page to the silver screen thanks to the Universal Pictures serials starring Buster Crabbe. Honestly, I find myself looking forward to these "chapters" of the character's history as much as the stories that come along with it. We also learn that Raymond used live models for his art!

The stories, largely introduce us to the adventures of Flash Gordon in Arboria where we meet Prince Barin and his band of warriors. It's a fun read and the artwork is a delight to look at. The publisher even reproduces the tiny dots from the printing process which used to appear in old comic books up to the 1980's, something the most nostalgic of us truly miss.

Overall, this tome is a true work of art and of love for the character. Something that should be on bookshelves everywhere.
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Titan gets it right! I own the Kitchen Sink Press Flash Gordon books and yes they look very good, they have glossy pages and bright colors but that is not how they looked in the original newspapers. I love the way Titan has used a paper that is high quality that gives the colors and printing the look that the strips had back in their day. While at the same time making the strips look as good as or better than the day they were first printed. It is about time someone showed the love and attention these strips deserve and collect the entire run of Flash Gordon. I will be in line to buy every book of the series and I hope you will too. You will be glad you did.
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Flash Gor­don: The Tyrant of Mongo: The Com­plete Flash Gor­don Library 1937-1941 by Alex Ray­mond and Don Moore is a cof­fee table book fea­tur­ing Sun­day strips of the famous hero. This hard cover book col­lects 4 years of comic strip to bring an excit­ing story to a new audience.

Flash Gor­don: The Tyrant of Mongo: The Com­plete Flash Gor­don Library 1937-1941 by Alex Ray­mond and Don Moore is an out­stand­ing book which will intro­duce new read­ers to the won­der­ful art of Alex Ray­mond, drawn to the excit­ing story of Don Moore. For those who are famil­iar with the art and story, the for­mat would make the book eas­ier to read and the clear and clean pages make the images jump up much bet­ter than the cheap Sun­day newspaper.

Ray­mond and Moore cre­ated worlds which even today look unique and futur­is­tic. The build­ings and out­fits are fun, out­ra­geous and cre­ative - they scream sci­ence fic­tion in every panel and adven­ture on every page. Before being immersed in sto­ries of future escapades, comic book writer Doug Mur­ray (who is also a Flash Gor­don his­to­rian) writes an infor­ma­tive essay

Flash Gor­don is one of the most influ­en­tial char­ac­ters in the hero genre, the comics inspired movies, TV shows and other shows, like Star Trek, which would become influ­en­tial in their own right.

The char­ac­ters are the old famil­iar friends, Flash Gor­don, Dale Arden and of course Hans Zarkov and are fleshed out fairly well. The story takes place mostly on the planet Mongo, com­plete with light filled cities to tree towns, ice caves to under­ground tun­nels - sounds famil­iar?
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I was disappointed by some of the shortcomings I saw in volume one. I am very glad I stuck around for volume 2. No problem with the spotty reproduction seen in the first book. The images here are sharper and the color is better, in my opinion. Additionally Alex Raymond’s visual imagination and maturity as an artist dovetail to make this 1937-1941 period a high point in the Flash Gordon strip. I am happy to say my copy arrived in perfect condition. Some of the cover flaking and marring reported by purchasers of the first volume are not in evidence. I recommend “The Tyrant of Mongo” without reservation and I am looking forward to Titan's next book in the series.
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I have all the Alex Raymond books in this series and its no wonder he was such an inspiration for so many others. These books are beautiful and for anyone who appreciates the golden age of newspaper comics and Raymond was truly the king!
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