Updated on 16 October, 2021
The classic era of Flash Gordon in comics is back in a brand new ongoing series from Dark Horse! Join the ever bold and handsome Flash Gordon, his confident and resourceful partner Dale Arden, and cynical scientist Dr. Zarkov as he face danger and peril in the wild expanses of planet Mongo and go toe to toe with some very volatile and dangerous villains. It's been thirty years since we last saw our favorite superhero in the comic book world, so it's time for a brand new adventure starring our trusty Time Lord. What's more, the new series will feature some classic villains from the tradition Flash Gordon comic books. These include the notorious Riddler, Two-Face, the Mad Duck, the Penguin, and more!
Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, Flash Gordon was one of the first comic strips to depict a complex hero. After mastering an unknown ability called "time travel", Flash went on a incredible adventure around the world that left him with no memory of his previous life. However, after discovering the existence of another time traveler, he sets out to save her and to prevent the world from going to hell in his future. The adventures of Flash Gordon continue until the comic strip ended its long run on television, which can be dated back to February, 1960.
Dr. Fate, the doctor who discovered the mysterious time traveling device, introduced Flash Gordon to the world. His innocent and kind nature quickly earned him the love of the glamorousmodeless extraordinaire, April O'Neil. Flash's adventurous good side soon caught the attention of his loved girl, who made him the devoted butler for her. However, Flash had other plans, which were to take over the luxurious life of the Queen of Hearts in disguise, in order to exact revenge on the evil Doctor. The comic strip, Flash Gordon, went on to become one of the most popular comic strip of its time and established the superhero genre.
After Flash Gordon left the screen, a number of reprints have been released. One of these is a Flash cartoon that was published in the comic strip's tenth anniversary issue. Jim Kelly took the story and changed it into a Saturday morning cartoon show. The animation was extremely well done and received warm reviews from critics.
A year later, another Flash cartoon was released, this time in the comic strip's twenty-third anniversary issue. This time, the Flash was the Prince of Rage, opposite his nemesis, Vigo the Vampire. The cartoon was highly praised by both comic book and television audiences. Vigo, however, was not impressed and blamed Flash for getting his hands on the crown of glory. He made a deal with the Demon to take over the world.
In the following years, other versions of the Flash were introduced. Some of these were: Mac Raboy, Vigor, Briscoe, Donny Westwood,hireling Rook, Cosmo, and Donatello. None of these has changed the popularity of the original nor did they deviate from the original vision of the strip. Flash is a beloved character and all versions of Flash are beloved by their own fans. The new faces of the characters, however, didn't change the popularity of Flash at all.
If you are interested in collecting a Flash Gordon Comic for future enjoyment, there are a couple options. The first option is to find and purchase a complete Flash Gordon Comic in the original illustrated edition. The second is to purchase a hardback or paperback copy in the original illustrated edition. If you are planning on reading the comic in the original illustrated edition, I recommend that you purchase a reprint of the first fifty pages, since the rest of the story can be found in the reprint.
As for the modern day Flash Gordon, I would highly recommend either purchasing the trade paperback version, or buying a hardcover collection of the stories from the various series. Both versions of Flash are popular, in my opinion. So if you enjoy Flash Gordon, you will enjoy the newer remakes. Either way it began (re-edit) in a very different way, but I think it's worth it to enjoy one of the most popular comic book heroes ever created.