WebFind: Flash Gordon newspaper strip revisited in anthology-style “Flash Forward” project

In 1980, science fiction adventure fans all fell in love with Flash Gordon all over again, thanks to the much-loved, larger than life big screen screen outing starring Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, and, others, including, of course, Brian Blessed.

Flash Forward (Flash Gordon) by Tom Reilly and Tyler Boss
Flash Forward by Tom Reilly and Tyler Boss

Now, some 40 years later, you can enjoy Flash Forward, a comic strip anthology project featuring 40 talented artists, each telling the story of Flash Gordon, the comic strip character created by Alex Raymond back in late 1933, through their own unique lens.

From your favourite funny page cartoonists to top comic book artists such as The Phantom artist Marco Gamberi, animators, graphic novelists, web cartoonists, illustrators, and more, this collection of Flash Gordon-inspired comics will ignite your love for the original space opera hero.

Flash Forward (Flash Gordon) by Rod Whigham
Flash Forward (Flash Gordon) by Rod Whigham

Launched by King Featured as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations for the film, every artist brings their own style and sensibility, from high drama to high humour, including, the brilliant latest episode offering paper doll cut outs of the space hero created by Sina Grace, (also known for work on Iceman, The Walking Dead and Ghosted in L.A.) making Flash Forward a celebration for everyone who loves the Saviour of the Universe!

Flash Forward (Flash Gordon) by Sina Grace
Flash Forward (Flash Gordon) by Sina Grace

Talent on the strip also includes June Brigman (Mary Worth, Supergirl, The Power Pack), Tana Ford (LaGuardia, Livewire, Black Panther), Pia Guerra (Y: The Last Man and political cartoons), Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead), Jim Keefe (Flash Gordon, Sally Forth), Denis Kitchen (Masterful Marks, The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen), Liniers (Macanudo), Khary Randolph (Mosaic, Black, Excellence) (David Reddick (Intelligent Life), Joanne Starer (Marvel Knights), Mx Struble (Getting it Together) and many others.

Check out Flash Forward here on Comics Kingdom – you’ll need to subscribe to read the full series, with a monthly fee of $1.99 or $19.99, which gives access to hundreds of other strips

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A feature documentary that not only celebrates the 1980 classic Flash Gordon, but explores the life of star Sam J Jones since that iconic role, and the aftermath of when he went up against one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers

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Original copies of Richard Amsel’s poster for the Universal and Dino DiLaurentiis’ Flash Gordon film, released in 1980, directed by Mike Hodges, are available here from MovieArt

Flash Gordon (1980) Poster - design by Richard Amsel
Flash Gordon (1980) Poster – design by Richard Amsel

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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