Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Flash Gordon Newspaper Strip
I recently checked out this fantastic book at the library reprinting the first couple of years of Alex Raymond's seminal comic strip, the one and only Flash Gordon. Raymond's art just leaps out of the page and his visual style influenced pretty much every artist working in the then new medium of comic books. He definitely influenced Sheldon Moldoff and Joe Kubert's Hawkman stories of that period. In fact, some say that Moldoff actually used some Rayomd swipes in some of his stories. In any case, the art on those Hawkman stories was great and so are these stripes. It's probably the greatest adventure strip of all time, right up there with Hal Foster's Tarzan. If you haven't checked these out, by all means do so!