Friday, October 03, 2008

Reprint This! Flash Gordon of the 60s

If you were offered a collection that featured artwork by Al Williamson and Reed Crandall, you'd pretty much pick it up sight unseen, right? Well, you needn't worry about it - I've read a bunch of the Flash Gordon Books from the 60s, and they're great - the perfect candidate for a nice, shiny TPB. Of course, we're in licensing hell here, and we are also dealing with 18 issues divided between two publishers. It may be tough to get done, but where there is a will, there's a way. In other words; please Dark Horse - let's make this happen.

In the mid 1960s, the King syndicate decided to jump into the already over saturated comic book industry head first, showcasing some of their best known properties such as Popeye, the Phantom and Flash Gordon. The Flash Gordon series is quite strong, lot of fun adventures beautifully drawn by Williamson, Crandall, Frank Bolle and Jeff Jones. This stuff is gorgeous folks! When King fled back to newspapers, Charlton picked up the baton and ran for a little while. Pat Boyette drew most of the latter issues. He may be an acquired taste, but if you are a fan of his artwork (like me!), you are in for a treat. This is some of his strongest work ever. The back issues aren't too pricey, but I've had a heck of a time tracking them all down. Please, please, please - someone put me out of my misery and reprint this!

1 comment:

Jeremy A. Patterson said...

Dark Horse is reprinting the classic comic book stories including the 1960s stuff!