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FLASH GORDON: THE TYRANT OF MONGO review

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 11:55 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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George Lucas has cited Flash Gordon as an inspiration for the Star Wars movies, and the influence of Flash Gordon can be seen in movies and TV to this day.  Alex Raymond, creator of Flash Gordon, Secret Agent X-9, Rip Kirby and Jungle Jim is celebrated as one of the father’s of science fiction and Titan Books has released the second volume in the Flash Gordon anthology, collecting the Sunday comics from 1937-1941.

Digitally restored and remastered by Pete Maresca, Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo is a great looking book showcasing the work of Raymond and his skills as a master storyteller.  The Tyrant of Mongo collects the Sunday strips which detail Flash’s adventure across the planet Mongo and his quest to bring down the tyrant empire of Ming. The book opens with an essay by comics writer and Flash Gordon historian Doug Murray.  The Tyrant of Mongo offers readers a series of fun, swashbuckling Flash Gordon adventures, including: The Fall of Ming, Ice Kingdom of Mongo, and Beast Men of Mongo.

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I’m a huge fan of the Flash Gordon serial and film, but hadn’t really read too much of the comics.  What surprised me the most was that I really enjoyed reading the book, and found the story fun and engaging even after 70+ years.  The art has been painstakingly restored, and it looks like it was printed yesterday.  Anyone who is a fan of science fiction should do themselves a favor and read one of the original sci-fi tales.

Here is the description via Amazon;

Continuing the comprehensive library of the greatest science fiction hero of all time, this gorgeous collection of library editions feature all-new restorations that will preserve these legendary adventures for generations to come.

Featuring strips from world-famous writer-artist Alex Raymond, restored in their original format, complete and uncut! This volume continues the seminal adventures of pulp hero Flash Gordon, an ordinary man trapped on an alien world, and his ongoing battles with the deadly and heartless Ming the Merciless.

The Tyrant of Mongo offers readers a series of new, swashbuckling Flash Gordon adventures, including:
The Fall of Ming
Ice Kingdom of Mongo
Beast Men of Mongo 

I dare you not to sing the Flash Gordon theme by Queen as you read through his adventures on the world of Mongo.  It’s good vs. evil at 6 frames a week, in a world and time of chivalry, courage, honor, and fun.  Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongois available now.

Story – 9
Presentation – 9
Legacy Score – 9

 

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