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After a month of spotlighting the strange (if endearingly strange) history of comic books (and especially the Silver Age), I think it is worthwhile to show the comic books of the Silver Age that are simply great stories period. Here is an archive of all the Silver Age comics features so far!
A few weeks back, I spotlighted the 1966 debut issue of King Comics’ (the short-lived attempt of King Comics Syndicate to put out their own comic books based on their comic strip characters) Flash Gordon, drawn by the amazing Al Williamson. However, the stories in 1967’s issue #4 (both written by Archie Goodwin) are even better than #1! In #4, Flash and his traveling companions (and fellow Earthlings) Dale and Professor Zarkov explore a lost continent of the alien planet, Mongo. It is quite nifty.
I won’t spoil how Flash gets out of this predicament, but as you would hopefully imagine, it is quite cool. These stories have been reprinted in Flesk Publications’ Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon, A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic just a couple of years ago, so you should go get a copy!
The second story I will “ruin” for you, so be prepared!
Flash, Dale and Zarkov are suddenly attacked by some flying monsters (there is a really cool action sequence with Flash fighting them) and Flash is brought by one of them to this couple who act as sentries. The female looks like she wants to help Flash…
Besides the impeccable storytelling and dynamic panel usage by Williamson, what a poignant tale by Goodwin!
What a great comic book!
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