The Complete Flash Gordon Library: The Tyrant of Mongo
by Caleb Paullus (@theurbanraptor)
Christmas is gone and passed and you may be wondering “What do I do with all this gift money that I haven’t already spent on Magic: The Gathering cards?” I will now point you to The Complete Flash Gordon Library – The Tyrant of Mongo, a brand new restored collection reprinting all of Alex Raymond’s Sunday strips from April 25, 1937 to January 12, 1941. Now you are asking, “Who is Flash Gordon?”
Get out. Seriously, just go. Wait, come back!
Flash Gordon is a comic strip follows the adventures of, well, Flash Gordon. He is a devilishly handsome polo player and Yale graduate who hangs with a pretty slick crew, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. The story starts with Earth being pounded with huge fiery meteors. Dr. Zarkov creates a rocket ship to locate where they came from. He kidnaps Flash and Dale, who crashed their plane nearby, and they travel to the planet Mongo. Here, they discover the meteors are weapons deviously created by Ming the Merciless, the ruler of Mongo. Flash Gordon is probably one of the most influential characters to the hero genre, comics and sci-fi as a whole.
The collection info is below:
The Complete Flash Gordon Library – The Tyrant of Mongo
Continuing the comprehensive library of the greatest science fiction hero of all time, this brand new collection of library editions feature all new restorations that will preserve these legendary adventures for generations to come. Starting with revered writer-artist Alex Raymond, this volume continues the adventures of pulp hero Flash Gordon on the planet Mongo and his ongoing battles with the deadly and heartless Ming the Merciless.
‘The Tyrant of Mongo’ reprints all of Alex Raymond’s Sunday strips from April 25, 1937 to January 12, 1941, the period considered his artistic peak, and has been restored from the original tearsheets to present the series as intended.
This is really a wonderful addition to any comic collection. The book is heavy duty, nicely bound, and they did a wonderful job on the print quality.
Overall, I highly recommend picking this up at your local bookstore or online. You would be hard pressed to find a better value when it comes to a comic collection.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars