Flash Gordon #4, March 1967

The third of Al Williamson’s covers for this mid-60s series by King Comics is again a mini-masterpiece — but I’m not sure the great man was capable of anything less. Flash and Dr Zarkov take on a mighty pterosaur while Dale — in time-honoured tradition — cowers at their feet. It’s all good, solid, old-fashioned excitement. And the good news here is that the interior art is again by Williamson all the way. Combine that with the scripts by the always entertaining Archie Goodwin and you have the recipe for one of the great comics on the 1960s.

All these comics have recently been reprinted in a fabulous new collection, alongside every other piece of Flash Gordon art that Williamson drew. Brilliant!

©2009 King Features Syndicate