Flash Gordon #1, September 1966

I’m currently on holiday revisiting my roots in deepest, darkest Wales. In the meantime, enjoy this Al Williamson Flash Gordon cover — the first of the mid-1960s series published by King Comics. I don’t think there’s any real doubt that this is the very best of all the various series that have featured the eponymous hero over the years, and it captures brilliantly the fel of Alex Raymond’s original newspaper strip of the 30s and 40s. Written by Archie Goodwin and drawn by Al Williamson, these are superb comics by any measure. Williamson himself only drew issues 1,4 and 5, and contributed the cover of #3, but the remainder of the first 10 issues or so are well worth seeking out, and are still fairly cheap.

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