Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Flash Gordon was the first movie serial I ever saw, playing on TV on Saturday afternoons, a couple at a time. Tarzan and westerns also played intermittently, but they were pretty boring compared to Flash and Dale. I had some Sunday pages from the Alex Raymond days, but I didn't think to connect them until much later. Surprisingly the serial caught much of the flavor of the comic strip. Here Vultan, king of the Hawkmen, is just as hefty, bearded and rowdy as his comic strip counterpart.