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Mac Raboy - Flash Gordon - 7 August 1955

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Artist(s): Mac Raboy, All
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
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Added to Site: 1/13/2017

Flash Gordon is one of the seminal newspaper strips, first appearing on 7 January 1934 as King Feature Syndicates answer to the Dille syndicate's popular Buck Rogers. What made Flash so popular? Was it Flash, the dashing hero? The eccentric scientist, Hans Zarkov, fixed on space travel? Dale Arden, the beautiful damsel in distress? The evil dictator, Ming the Merciless, who everyone could agree to hate as World War II began? The space ships or ray guns or the amazing art of the illustrators who drew the strip? I think all of that combined to make this one of the strips people looked for every Sunday and why it lasted for over 70 years. As many comic strip fans know, Flash Gordon was created by Alex Raymond who drew the feature until 1943 when he entered the service during WWII. Austin Briggs, a former assistant to Raymond who drew the daily version of the strip, took over the Sunday in 1943 and continued until 1948. For the better part of the next 20 years, the Flash Gordon Sunday page was drawn by Mac Raboy. By the time Raboy took over Flash Gordon, he had already established his reputation as an accomplished comic book artist with his work on Captain Marvel, Jr. and the Green Lama. The work he produced for those features already showed that Raboy was inspired by Alex Raymond, and it is known that he kept a file of Raymond's Flash Gordon strip near his drawing table for inspiration and guidance as he worked. Raboy's work has been described as lush and intricate; certainly there are details in almost every strip that Raboy had to know would not reproduce well on the bad printing of newsprint, yet he did it anyway. This is a Sunday from 7 August 1955. Here, Flash has been captured and taken to a coliseum to battle for his life, and if he lives to become the husband of an alien princess, Amara. In the mean time, Dale Arden is trying to sneak past guards in hopes of rescuing Flash. The detail that Raboy puts into the rocks and even the hair is incredible! He had to know that it would not all show in the funny pages. [If you want to read the whole story, pick up Dark Horse's collection of the complete Raboy Flash Gordon (volume 2).] So, Flash in a space suit, Dale, an alien princess and warriors... nearly everything you'd want! The original is done with pen, brush and ink with an image area of 13 x 18" on a larger 15 x 21" piece of heavy Bristol art board. As you can see from the scans, Raboy's draftsmanship is rarely matched these days, and that is why I think that the better strips from the 1950's and 60's are truly works of art. This Sunday is dated in the last panel and signed by Raboy (in pencil) in the lower margin. The logo in the first panel is yellowed by glue and there is some surface soiling (please see scan for details), but otherwise the strip is in great shape. Hard to believe it is almost 62 years old! As always, shipping costs are not included in the price and will depend on where you are and how you want it sent. To keep my prices low, I prefer checks, money orders or bank drafts. If you need to use PayPal I ask it to be sent as a gift. Sorry.

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