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Comic Book / Flash Gordon (1988)

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Flash Gordon was a 1988 comic book mini-series adaptation of the famous comic strip hero Flash Gordon, written by Dan Jurgens and produced by DC Comics. The series compressed the basic story into 9 issues and still found time for plenty of action, worldbuilding, and character development.

The series ran for the planned 9 issues, and while it ended with a hook for a continued series, it was never picked up.


This mini-series contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: This Dale is perfectly capable of handling herself and only needs Flash when she is outnumbered and surrounded by the enemy.
  • Adaptation Distillation:
  • Arranged Marriage: Between Aura and Barin.
  • Cliffhanger: Like the serials and comic strips, every issue ended with a cliffhanger.
  • Faking the Dead: At the end of the story, Flash allows Dale to believe he's dead so she can return to her life on Earth while he remains on Mongo.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: In issue 2, Flash mocks Ming about his guards' incompetence. It takes two panels for Ming to agree with Flash, and he decides to kill him personally.
  • The Hero's Journey: Flash, who begins the strip as a basketball player past his prime, finds new purpose on Mongo.
  • In Harm's Way: Flash likes to take risks early on, which ends with him crashing his car and meeting Dale and Dr. Zarkov.
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  • Intrepid Reporter: Dale, much to Flash's annoyance.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Flash steals a military officer's uniform to flee Mingo City.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Flash and Dale assume this about Dr. Zarkov.
  • Race Lift: Ming and Aura are gray-skinned here, as as the other inhabitants of Mingo City.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: In issue 2 Flash points out Ming's guards are incompetent; it takes two panels for Ming to come to the same conclusion and try to kill Flash himself.
  • The Vamp: Aura.
  • You Got Spunk: Ming finds Dale's feistiness refreshing.


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