I have some Checker collections, some hardback, some softback. Which appear to be the dailies. And now IDW is offering new collections, which appear to be the Sundays. Plus other "Mac Raboy" collections, which I can't tell -- are they Sundays, dailies, or both?
I'm not quite sure what I've got, and/or what I need. Any advice would help.
I think at least some of the Raymond run was reprinted in Italy in the 70s.
It gets me that an animated film like the one Filmation did probably gained rave reviews everywhere on Earth-- except in the US, where it was never shown, until a full 3 years after it was made. By which point, most people here probably assumed it wass a compilation of the Saturday morning TV series. Which it wasn't. The animation was probably the best Filmation had ever done (with very few sequences repeated), and it had a much more "adult" tone, with enough "sex and violence" that it could never have been shown on Saturday mornings at the time-- and probably not during "family viewing hour" (meaning, not before 10 PM). But by 1982, "family viewing hour" had become a ting of the past. I could tell when, a year later, MIKE HAMMER was running at 8 PM-- and it had far more "sex and violence" than most shows a few years earlier that would never have gotten on at such an early hour.
I wish I could remember where I read the account about the film. Something tells me it may have been in Steranko's PREVUE magazine. It gets me that other accounts, many years later, totally contradict certain important details. My instincts tell me the earlier account was correct. Too many things about the 2 films, both in their approach, and certain story details, make me feel there's NO WAY those 2 films could have just happened independantly of each other. the image of Italian movie mogul Dino DeLaurentis, who sadly had by then gained a rep for doing "tacky" films, somehow, unlike anyone in Hollywood at the time, actually managing to get a film made, from initial idea to theatrical release, in LESS THAN A YEAR, is kinda mind-blowing. What a guy! Of course, it really helps explain why the script is so AWFUL in spots.
I believe it was Dino's daughter who acquired the Euro distribution rights. Dino didn't see the film until it was already being shown-- and THAT was his introduction to the character. Amazing!
FLASH GORDON: THE GREATEST ADVENTURE OF ALL (1979)
Filmation's finest creation ever!!!
FLASH GORDON (1980)
Of all the really idiotic movies out there, this has to be the most MAGNIFICENT. Incredible cast (barring the lead), absolutely dazzling production & costume designs (some of which make no sense at all), even more sex & violence by far than the Filmation feature, some really intense, EXCITING sequences, side-by-side with some of the DUMBEST dialogue ever uttered in a movie. Talk about schizo... The one thing I can say without reservation, this film's got WAY better music than the Filmation version. The combined talents of Howard Blake (who scored many Tara King episodes of THE AVENGERS) and the rock group Queen push this film completely "OVER THE TOP"!!!
I've been reading Al Williamson's Star Wars work over the weekend (comic books and strips), which has really put me in the mood to re-read his Flash Gordon.
Interesting that they cover-up the word "crap"
Henry R. Kujawa said:
I cannot believe the timing of this. I watch FLASH GORDON (1980) for the first time in ages, and TODAY, Brian Blessed gets in the news!!!
...Has anyone ever read the period of the Flash Gordon daily strip - Specifically , the daily strip , not the Sunday . - from about the Ike/JFK era , the period when Dan Barry drew it , to uncredited scripts by " real " SF writer Harry Harrison ?
( Note: I may have said this here before . I'm , mildly , sorry if I did . )
In recent times , COMICS REVUE has reprinted this period of the strip .
I've read later sequences, but not one, I think, from that early. Harry Harrison worked in comics as an artist early in his career.
Wikipedia has a list of Flash Gordon storylines here.
The first 3 did turn up, almost intact, in the 1936 serial. They left a lot out. Also, the original "Tournament Of Death" really lived up to its name. 1,000 men entered; 999 would DIE, and the winner would be awarded freedom, a kingdom, and a bride of his choice. I have no doubt it was a combination the Hayes Office and thge budget that cut down the Tournament in the serial. Otherwise, it would have been a BLOODBATH, and probably blown the entire budget for the film (and it was already the biggest-budgeted serial ever made). A shame, it might have made a GREAT way to end the serial. Instead, the last 5 chapters was all new material, it kinda lost its momentum, and they tacked on a "faked" death for Ming to give it some kind of conclusion.
Tragically, the studo suffered a hostile takeover in late 1936-early 1937, and the new management decided to stop making horror movies (the studio's specialty). Also, judging by FLASH GORDON'S TRIP TO MARS, they didn't really know what they were doing in other types of films, either.
I suppose one might say elements from these 2 stories found their way into the 1938 serial-- just barely-- but a lot of the impact was deadened when someone decided to move the acttion from Mongo to Mars (perhaps inspired by the Orson Welles radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds"). Also, the serial was toned down more for "family" audiences (so out went nearly every plot point being driven by sex or lust). Also, the "plot", such as it was, was a lot more "circular" and repetitive than the other 2 serials were. In other words, while ...TRIP TO MARS may still be looked on as one of the better serials ever made, compared to the other 2, it's a serious disappointment, and much more like a "normal, average" serial.
S008 - "Forest Kingdom of Mongo" (10/18/36 to 1/31/37)
S012 - "The Tyrant of Mongo" (6/5/38 to 3/5/39)
S013 - "Ice Kingdom of Mongo" (3/12/39 to 4/7/40)
The new management was themselves booted out, and a 3rd regime took over Universal in 1939. I think some elements of these stories-- just barely-- made their way into FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE, but for the most part, the serial was an entirely new storyline. It also proved to be, in my opinion,the best-written, best-STRUCTURED, and in some cases, best-acted. Buster Crabbe, Frank Shannon & Charles Middleton may be at their best-ever here. Carol Hughes strikes me as a much better actress (and prettier) than Jean Rogers. On the other hand, the replacement of both Richard Alexander (Barin) and Pamela Lawson (Aura) was a major loss. Both Barin & Aura come across as just too "Hollywood" in this one (Aura as a BLONDE just seems so wrong!), and one of Barin's sidekicks winds up getting more screen time than he does. The crazy thing is, after the way they went to such lengths to "kill" Ming in ...TRIP TO MARS, and then offer no explanation for his return in ...UNIVERSE (indeed, the 3rd film feels like a sequel to a film that was never made-- just like SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, by the same production team), the climax of the last chapter actually suggests there IS a way for Ming to escape the tower trap -- "...but he will not have time to think of it!" So they deliberately left it open for another sequel... which never got made.
This may not be the right place to post this, but I thought it more appropriate than starting a new thread.
Is it just my imagination, or has Flash Gordon been covertly teaming up with Prince Valiant for the last few months?
I refer to the mysterious, amnesiac blonde stranger who'se striking attire looked like it came from a Mongo inspired tailor. This person was helping Prince Valiant fight a golem within that comic strip, and then suddenly vanished in "a flash" just as he suddenly remembered who he is (the March 18th installment).