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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Al Williamson's Flash Gordon

I mentioned this over on the Planet X blog a couple of months ago, but I wanted to bring it up again over here, since the book is supposed to be coming out soon.
Al Williamson's Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic - Coming in early 2009!

Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic, collects all the major works of the artist featuring the character. At 256 pages, it encompasses Williamson’s three stints of depicting Flash in comic book format: the legendary King Comics stories from the 1960s, the 1980 adaptation of the Universal Flash Gordon motion picture, and the Marvel Comics miniseries of 1994.

In addition to these classics of sequential storytelling,
Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon features Williamson’s Flash drawings done for commercial illustration and prints, his assists on the Flash Gordon comic strip, a variety of Flash images contributed to amateur publications, and a selection of largely unpublished images spanning his interest in the character from childhood to the conclusion of his career. With an introduction by Sergio Aragones, text by Mark Schultz, and images reproduced directly from the artist’s original drawings, this long-overdue collection of evocative artwork documents the lifelong impact that Flash Gordon had on Williamson and the particular impact that Williamson had on Flash Gordon.

Hardcover, 256 pages,

ISBN-10: 193386513X

ISBN-13: 978-1933865133

Flesk Publications
I own much of this material already, in various formats, but to have it all collected under one cover is like a dream come true. More information from the publisher can be found here.

Right now, Amazon is offering it for pre-order at a substantial discount, with the $45 hardcover edition marked down to only $30 bucks, and the softcover for $20. Trust me, for this material, which represents some of the greatest adventure comics art of all time, that's a bargain!

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