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Celebrating 80 Years of FLASH GORDON

Click to enlargeFlash Gordon, the original space adventurer and sci-fi hero, celebrates 80 years of intergalactic thrills today, 7 January 2014. There is no way to cover all of the exciting facts, figures and fantastic lore about this all-American hero in one blog post, so come back for more info in the days to come!

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FLASH GORDON: THE FIRST FLASH

Original Flash Promotion, 1934. I Guess Ming just wasn’t sexy enough to make the cut. (Courtesy of Allan Holtz)

Original Flash Promotion, 1934. I guess Ming just wasn’t sexy enough to make the cut.
(Courtesy of Allan Holtz)

When the world first saw  FLASH GORDON, it was not the first science fiction or even space strip. BUCK ROGERS had been around for five years, and BRICK BRADFORD had launched the previous August, although it was still in its earthbound adventure phase. Flash was a far different strip than Buck, with its bulky space ships with exposed machinery, wires and rivets and heavy lines.

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