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Raymond, Alex - Flash Gordon, Sunday, 2-23-1936

Artist: Alex Raymond (All)

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Raymond, Alex - Flash Gordon, Sunday, 2-23-1936 Comic Art
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Title: Raymond, Alex - Flash Gordon, Sunday, 2-23-1936
Artist: Alex Raymond (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views: 349
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Comments: 24
Added to Site: 12/24/2017
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Alex Raymond and his creation, Flash Gordon, had an enormous influence on the generation who consumed it. Not just for readers in their enjoyment of the archetypical characters he created and the lavishness of his art. Nor just for young and emerging artists who would be inspired by his craft and routinely swipe from his layouts, images and style. But, his most enduring and difficult to fully measure influence was in the minds, imaginations and creative futures of children and young adults who would go on to define the next generations of galaxy spanning stories – such as George Lucas, who cites Raymond as a major influence on his creation, Star Wars.

This Sunday from February 23, 1936 features Flash, Dale & Zarkov. It’s paired with its matching Jungle Jim topper from the same day, all a little over two years into a strip that Raymond would artistically helm until 1943. It was in 1936 that he fully converted the layout of the strip from four tiers to two tiers (he started dabbling with format in the second half of 1934). This doubled the size of the panels within which he could draw and lessened the degree of visual clutter at the same time. Couple this with his usage of a dry brush and ink technique borrowed from pulp illustrators of the time, and the imagery took on a depth and textual quality that gave the series a feel of being an illustrated novel, rather than a comic strip.

The image I’m posting clearly does not do justice to the piece. It’s framed, huge and being enjoyed on a daily basis in my home office. When I can bring myself to part with it for a few days, I’ll get it professionally photographed and upload a better image.

Until then, just wanted to share it. Heading to see the new Stars Wars movie today and certainly seemed like the right time to post.

I’m also posting an original printed Sunday of the piece, graciously tracked down and provided to me by Rob Pistella, the prior steward of this piece. Thank you, Rob!

Hope you enjoy. And, hope everyone enjoys the holidays!


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Davide G. 
Member Since 2009

Posted on 12/24/2017

What an incredible piece to have... The Jungle Jim alone would be great, but the Flash Gordon is beyond awesome! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

Tom Coker 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/24/2017

Chris, what a beautiful example you landed! Complete with Flash and Dale and Zarkov adventuring and thwarting Ming - what more could you ask for? Well, the absolutely gorgeous Raymond brushwork of course. Happy for you, my friend!

Thomas Ward 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/24/2017

What a truly amazing example of Alex Raymond's Jungle Jim and Flash Gordon, major congrats on acquiring these works of art and becoming the new curator! Can I get a private showing? lol Btw I just start watching the original Flash Gordon serials on Youtube and love seeing how George Lucas infused some of the elements into his own Star Wars series. Again major congrats!

Ruben DaCollector 
Member Since 2008

Posted on 12/24/2017

What is there to say that hasn't already been said about Raymond's art? Nothing, because it's all been said before. But there's nothing wrong with saying it again! Not only is the brush work absolutely exquisite, but you landed an example with excellent character content as well. Top notch, Chris!

frank x townsondecker 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 12/24/2017


Monty B 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 12/24/2017

Absolutely breathtaking...congrats on a truly stellar acquisition!!!

Dino Mauricio 
Member Since 2009

Posted on 12/24/2017

Extraordinary example of Alex Raymond’s greatness!

Stephen Ferzoco 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/24/2017

The BEST of the best!! Congrats!

Ron Sonenthal 
Member Since 2007

Posted on 12/24/2017

Just a spectacular example from an amazing artist. Thanks for sharing an incredible find!

John Butler 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/24/2017

Hot damn, son!

J L 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/24/2017

Just a spectacular piece of comic art. Congrats Chris. I can see the greatness of Raymond in this piece.

Suat Tong Ng 
Member Since 2009

Posted on 12/24/2017

Eeps! I guess it’s not bad .....

David K 
Member Since 2008

Posted on 12/25/2017


Timothy Finney 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 12/25/2017

Each of the three pages you added over the last two days would, by themselves, be a highlight in almost any collection and worthy of comment. However, as much as I love the other two, your Raymond is in a class by itself. Cheers!

Ben Friedman 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 12/25/2017

Incredible, congrats!!

bob fish 
Member Since 2011

Posted on 12/25/2017

one word : stunning !!

Mark Howland 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/25/2017

Incredible poses in the top two tiers, Chris! A little piece of history.

Raymond Collector 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/25/2017

Chris, this is stunning! Best period of Raymond on Flash run. Many congratulations, where do you want to go from there?

DC's Showcase 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 12/26/2017

Cue Freddie Mercury ("Flash!! Aahh-ahhhh!!"). Just spectacular.

Jeff Singh 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/26/2017

I think you should change your moniker to "Go big or go home" as you find the best pieces to add to your collection. Truly a great Sunday with Raymond's more painterly style which was his hallmark on Flash of the era. Gorgeous.

David Grisez 
Member Since 2009

Posted on 12/29/2017

A jaw droopingly magnificent masterpiece from the master. It is wonderful to know that such works of art exist. Thank you for posting.

artless artmore 
Member Since 2013

Posted on 12/29/2017

Such an elegant and exquisite page of art!

glen gold 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/30/2017

I am reduced to gormless gawking.

Terry Doyle 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 1/9/2018

Wow, that is seriously impressive!

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