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Alex Raymond, in 1934, with his creation Flash Gordon, conceived and rendered a spacefaring future so intriguing and exciting that it has persisted in the visual imagery of Science Fiction ever since.

In 1936, Universal Studios would produce the most expensive serial production to date bringing Flash Gordon to the big screen starring Buster Crabbe and Jean Arden. A reported $350,000 budget was set, about double the normal serial budget.

So successful, Flash Gordon has become synonymous with Cliffhanger Serial. After three serials and film adaptations of those serials, Flash Gordon would find a home on television during its early years in the 1950s.

Flash Gordon reappeared on the big screen in 1980 with Sam Jones playing Flash and Max von Sydow playing Ming the Merciless. Timothy Dalton of James Bond fame plays Prince Barin.

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    The Flash Gordon Serials, 1936-1940 by Roy Kinnard

A Heavily Illustrated Guide. Arranged in a chapter-by-chapter format conforming to the structure of the three original serials, the work provides full cast and crew information, plot synopses, and production notes for all 40 episodes. The work also has a wealth of background information and 159 photographs, along with comments from cast members interviewed--Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, and Carroll Borland.

Genre: Cliffhanger Serials

    Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo by Alex Raymond

The Complete Flash Gordon Library 1937-41. Featuring strips from world-famous writer-artist Alex Raymond, restored in their original format, complete and uncut! This volume continues the seminal adventures of pulp hero Flash Gordon, an ordinary man trapped on an alien world, and his ongoing battles with the deadly and heartless Ming the Merciless.

Year: 1937
Genre: Science Fiction

    Flash Gordon: The Fall of Ming by Alex Raymond

The Complete Flash Gordon Library 1941-44. Continuing the comprehensive library of the greatest science fiction hero of all time, this brand new collection of library editions feature all new restorations that will preserve these legendary adventures for generations to come.

Year: 1941
Genre: Science Fiction

 

 

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The Flash Gordon Serials, 1936-1940 by Roy Kinnard
1937Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo by Alex Raymond
1941Flash Gordon: The Fall of Ming by Alex Raymond

 

 

 


 

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