Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Flash Gordon v4 #1 - Al Williamson art & cover

Flash Gordon v4 #1 1960s silver age science fiction comic book cover art by Al Williamson
Al Williamson
Flash Gordon v4 #1, 1966 - One of the great science fiction artists of the 1950s, Al Williamson was tapped to illustrate the fourth series of this iconic space hero. During this time period, the artist's style transitions from gestural to more precise. The cover demonstrates this through its sharpness and clarity. Williamson's inside stories are even better, showcasing dynamically drawn figures against imaginative backdrops. His special attention to lighting establishes mood and setting to great effect. This new, contemporary Flash Gordon is more active, adventurous and masculine. The inside front and back covers feature black and white pin-ups, possibly reprinted from earlier Alex Raymond newspaper strips(?). As an added bonus, a map of the planet Mongo appears on the back cover. Other artists in this issue include Don Heck (Mandrake the Magician story). This is number 1 of 4 Flash Gordon v4 issues with Williamson art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Williamson or Flash Gordon issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist.
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Williamson cover pencils and inks = ***
"Flash Gordon"
Williamson story pencils and inks 15 pages = ****
"Flash Gordon and the Mole Machine" Williamson story pencils and inks 12 pages = ****
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Flash Gordon v4 #1 1960s silver age science fiction comic book page art by Al Williamson
Al Williamson
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