Friday, March 10, 2017


Stranded on an alien world, Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov struggle against the evil emperor Ming the Merciless who seeks to enslave the entire planet of Mongo. Flash Gordon was originally created by the legendary Alex Raymond to compete with the popular Buck Rogers adventure comic strip.

In Whitman Comics Flash Gordon #29, an undercover operative infiltrated  the group in order to capture the most wanted man on Mongo. However, when she comes face to face with certain horrible death, will even Flash Gordon save the life of an agent of Ming the Merciless.

Flash Gordon #29
Flash Gordon imperils his life to rescue an agent of...Ming the Merciless!

"The Deadly Depths, Part One"
Written by John Warner (Deadly Hands of Kung Fu) with art by Gene Fawcette (Seduction of the Innocent 3-D).
Ming gets word that Flash Gordon might be in the Cave Kingdom so he sends an agent to find out. Flash is off exploring the caverns when the agent catches up with him and pretends to be a messenger from Zarkov.
"The Deadly Depths, Part Two"
Written by John Warner with art by Carlos Garzon (Bladerunner).   
A creature in the caverns attacks Flash's group.

This issue was reprinted in Dark Horse Comics Flash Gordon Comic Book Archives Volume 5
The magnificent hardcover, complete with a slipcover, reprints Flash Gordon #28-37.

The movie adaptation (presented by Bruce Jones and Al Williamson) was also reprinted in a nice collection in trade paperback.
Something to look forward to in the near future, beginning with issue #31, is when we will encounter the comic book adaptation of the exciting Flash Gordon movie starring Sam Jones as the flamboyant nemesis of Ming the Merciless. 

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Nice star studded cast to the great movie. And how can you forget that wonderful Queen soundtrack?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Branching out to something different. I get into the independent comics a lot. But this time I'm going to mainstream DC Comics, even though I'm a Marvel Zombie from way back. One of the most popular in recent years is Batman's nemesis Harley Quinn. I must admit, this is one of my guilt pleasures in the more recent age of comics.

Here's Bruce Timm's Harley along with how she was portrayed in the Suicide Squad movie. 
Batman long time nemesis was the Joker and his heartthrob was the precocious Harley Quinn. She took the world by storm with her first appearance as a character in the Batman: The Animated Series television cartoon.

What I have here is Batman Adventures #12, her first appearance in the printed comics. She did not appear as a character in the "real" DC universe until Batman: Harley Quinn the 1999 series no number, six years later.

So here we go with the fabulous, extremely sought after Batman Adventures DC comic book.

Batman Adventures #12
"Batgirl: Day One"
Babs goes to a costume party dressed as Batgirl and winds up foiling a kidnapping by Quinn and Ivy and a diamond heist by Catwoman.
Story told in three acts.
Act One: Ladies Night (7 pages).
Act 2: If the Suit Fits! (8 pages).
Act 3: Out of the Frying Pan! (7 pages).

Written by Kelley Puckett with art by Mike Parobeck & Rick Burchett.

This issue was first reprinted in Batman: The Collected Adventures Volume 2. This trade paperback featured a wraparound cover and an introduction by Bruce Timm. This book reprints Batman Adventures #7 - #12.

A few years later, it was again reprinted in the Batman Adventures #2 trade paperback. This book reprints Batman Adventures #11 - #20. So, if the comic book is out of your reach, there are alternatives.

I've also enjoyed Amanda Conner's take on Harley Quinn.
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