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Flash Gordon v4 #4 - Al Williamson art & cover

Flash Gordon v4 #4 1960s silver age science fiction comic book cover art by Al Williamson
Al Williamson
Flash Gordon v4 #4, 1967 - Flash Gordon and friends fend off an ethereal, alien version of a pteranadon on this Al Williamson cover. The creature seems strangely incomplete, in contrast with the same scene inside. Still, the artist's contributions in this issue are exceptional. A Secret Agent X-9 tale separates the feature stories, while offering a brief change in genre. Williamson's two Flash Gordon tales are even more breathtaking, filled with fantastical landscapes and inventive creatures. His level of detail is painstaking, adding textural elements and bold brushwork to almost every panel. This issue is among the finest works of his long career. This is number 3 of 4 Flash Gordon v4 issues with Williamson art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Williamson cover pencils and inks = ***
"Flash Gordon in the Lost Continent of Mongo"
Williamson story pencils and inks 13 pages = *****
"Secret Agent X-9 and the Key to Power"
Williamson story pencils and inks 5 pages = ***
"Flash Gordon and the Sentries of Dark Mountain" Williamson story pencils and inks 10 pages = *****

Flash Gordon v4 #4 1960s silver age science fiction comic book page art by Al Williamson
Al Williamson
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