Friday, November 20, 2009

Flash Gordon in "Steps of Doom" (Harvey Comics; 1951)

I've temporarily scuttled an Alex Raymond Flash Gordon post from earlier in the week. There were at least three pages that would not "blow up" sufficiently to read & enjoy when clicked upon. I had posted comments that mentioned this, but actually received quite a few more. I have tried to correct the problem, but thus far have had no luck.

As an olive branch to regular visitors of the Catacombs, here is another story, this time taken from Harvey Comics Flash Gordon #4 (Apr. 1951). This issue reprints a sequence of Sunday strips that originally ran between October 24, 1937 and March 27, 1938; again illustrated by the great Alex Raymond, although I'm not enough of a historical scholar to know if artist Austin Briggs was already ghosting some of these Sunday's. Briggs eventually took over the daily Flash Gordon strip, when Raymond was drafted into the Marine corps during WWII.

The Catacombs is grateful to Don "Zu-Gogo" Falkos for providing the scans for this story. Note: The copyright for this issue, its contents and artwork belong to the original publisher and/or the creators and is reproduced here solely for entertainment purposes. Be sure and stop by later today when I will have posted this weeks "Gal" Friday selection. She's a classic cutie who embodied one of the greatest jungle queens ever published in the four-color world.


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