Saturday, August 14, 2010

Science Fiction Theater: Flash Gordon and the Elders' Deathtrap" by Pearson and Crandall

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! What better way to spend a sci-fi Saturday than with the granddaddy of sci-fi super-heroes, Flash Gordon? When newspaper comic strip syndicate King Features dipped their toes into the comicbook publishing arena during the Batmania-fueled late 1960s, they sure did it up right! Take for example "Flash Gordon and the Elders' Deathtrap" from Flash Gordon #8 (cover-dated September 1967). Written by the mega-prolific Bill Pearson with art by the great Reed Crandall, one would be hard-pressed to find a more far-out and fabulous sci-fi comicbook.


  1. Hey Groovy One!
    Cool! I never saw this, nice classic artwork. But why isn't Dale a blonde?

  2. This was my first Flash Gordon comic and my first encounter with the character save perhaps for the serial showing up on the local kids cartoon show. Crandall's artwork is just plain lush!

    Rip Off

  3. I love it. I had a reprint of this story in an Alan Class comic when I was a kid and always loved the art. I'm amazed to find out the original version was from as late as 1967. Even in the early 1970s, when I first read it, it seemed like something from a long-gone era.

  4. this guy knows draw women.
    Wonderful artist.



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