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Flash Gordon v4 #5 - Al Williamson art & cover

Flash Gordon v4 #5 1960s silver age science fiction comic book cover art by Al Williamson
Al Williamson
Flash Gordon v4 #5, 1967 - In Al Williamson's last issue of this series, he opens with a merely adequate cover. Flash Gordon seems more of an adventurer than space hero, dressed in more understated garb. A full page splash of a familiar, yet alien swamp begins the first of two Williamson stories. The exotic settings and subsequent action scenes are impeccably drawn. Curiously, the inks on page 8 appear to be by another hand, perhaps colleague Al McWilliams? In the second tale, Williamson's art surpasses the first with its outstanding draftsmanship. A mix of open and overlapping panels add greater depth while framing meticulously detailed scenery and dynamically posed figures. The artist's keen sense of lighting and mood also contribute to this exceptional work. This is number 4 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 and the God of the Beastmen"
Williamson story pencils and inks 10 pages = ****
"Terror of the Blue Death"
Williamson story pencils and inks 13 pages = *****

Flash Gordon v4 #5 1960s silver age science fiction comic book page art by Al Williamson
Al Williamson
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