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The Complete Flash Gordon Library: On the Planet Mongo (Vol. 1) (Alex Raymond Sunday Strips) (Complete Flash Gordon Libr 1) Hardcover – Illustrated, 28 Sep 2012

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (28 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857681540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857681546
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 2.5 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Flash Gordon is a rip-roaring adventure, lushly rendered and hugely influential on the space-opera genre." --Kirkus

"Beautifully illustrated in Raymond s epic draftmanship, these early stories are rich with detail and elaborately composed in a style that is rarely seen in comics of this era." --Herts Advertiser

"Beautifully illustrated in Raymond s epic draftmanship, these early stories are rich with detail and elaborately composed in a style that is rarely seen in comics of this era." --Herts Advertiser

"This is wonderful escapism, packed to the rafters with action, last minute escapes and lurid kinkiness." --sfx magazine

"If you collect comic books, want to relive a hero of the past, or just like unbelievably pretty books, then 'The Complete Flash Gordon Library Vol. 1' is a book you should own." --8 Days a Geek

"Packed with over three years worth of material, Flash Gordon On The Planet Mongo is fantastic and mandatory reading material for the sci-fi lover. The landscapes are meticulously drawn, the characters unique and countless, and the artwork gets stronger as time passes. None of this would be worth mentioning if not for the carefully restored art." --The Daily Rotation

"This collection of stories is simply amazing. Honestly, this book is everything that I want in a collection. This is simply the best collection I have ever seen." --One Geek Nation

"This is an absolute 'must have' for anyone who considers themselves a comics aficionado or armchair science fiction historian." --B&N s Book Blog review

"This is an absolute 'must have' for anyone who considers themselves a comics aficionado or armchair science fiction historian." --B&N s Book Blog review

"A wonderful new way to experience Alex Raymond s creation, and does grand justice to the artistic brilliance of the strip. It s a must-have for fans, and a must-see for those who ve never had the pleasure of reading the original series before." --Forbes.com

"This book stands as a testament to the genius of Alex Raymond, and will hopefully help to re-introduce readers to the wonder that adventure comics strips once were." --Talking Comics

"You don't have to be a Flash Gordon fan to appreciate this collection. You don't even have to be a science fiction or comic fan. The art is beautiful, the stories are entertaining, and the legacy of an entire genre is present in this volume." --Open The Fridge

"There is more to this 200-page book that just the reprinted strips. It includes a beautiful selection of black and white line art that has never before been seen as well as images from the movies, television and daily life of its creator." --Wired s Geek Mom

"Raymond had no equal. Early Superman and Batman never looked this good." --Borg.com review

"Here you see it as a generation saw it reading wide-eyed at the rockets, the evil Ming, the, uh, troubled scientist Zarkov, the lion men...the beautiful women! And Raymond s art style is there to explode Don Moore s story into print. --Comic Bits Online

A testament to Raymond s lush brushwork, classical posing and imaginative creativity. Titan Books manages to get across the pure energy that Flash Gordon exhumes. --Broken Frontier

The mission of The Complete Flash Gordon Library will be to collect every strip and every story, offering them in affordable, full-colour hardcover volumes, carefully restored and revealing the action and the artistry that thrilled audiences for decades. --Fantasy Book Review

For grown-up children there s a fine retro treat: Flash Gordon on the Planet Mongo. --The Times

"An amazing read. --Geek Lore --Down the Tubes

"Raymond s fast-paced storytelling style is strongly in evidence here as every strip explodes with dangers, close calls, new allies, feared adversaries, romance, fantastic space vistas, rocket ships as shiny and childlike in their design as a young child s toys, and the pure manliness that is Flash Gordon. --Geeks of Doom

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Alex Raymond is one of the most famous artists in the history of comic strips. He created Flash Gordon, Secret Agent X-9, Rip Kirby, and Jungle Jim. George Lucas has indicated that Flash Gordon was the inspiration for the Star Wars movies, and Raymond's work has inspired decades of writers, artist, and filmmakers.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Bentley VINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Other reviewers seem to have received collections with misprints, but I pre-ordered and my edition was fine, all pages are there, nothing is duplicated. This is, in fact, a rather handsome book, hardback, shaped to fit the strips rather than forcing the strips to fit another format. The cover is especially good. The strips themselves are reproduced in a perfectly fine manner. The strips are perfectly readable, and the quality is better than the Checker editions of a few years ago. I really felt I had to add a review because the other reviews suggest you would be getting a substandard item if you bought this and that's simply not true. I think that if you're an art connosieur then there's a possibility you might not find the clarity of some panels to your liking, but the strips are at this point 80 years old so some degradation of quality is likely.

From a reader's perspective, you can follow the stories perfectly fine with what is presented here, and as this is Alex Raymond, it is fantastic swashbuckling stuff from a period when imagination ran hand in hand with romance. It's the old old story of a man, a woman and a mad scientist who end up in a crazy solar system ruled by a despotic villain who pits his underlings against each other to remain in power. Little does he know that he will be faced with the gumption and moral fortitude of an Earth man! Flash Gordon is an archetype and his adventures should be enjoyed by as many people as possible. Thankyou for this Titan, I love it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bogart on 9 Jun. 2012
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5 Stars for the material - However I got this Titan edition instead of the IDW Definitive Flash Gordon & Jungle Jim, and was happy enough with it, but after seeing the IDW reproduction its much better quality and larger format, so i will no longer be getting these Titan editions and will instead opt for the IDW ones. Although this Titan edition is good for the price, as the IDW series costs nearly twice as much (but is much larger format), so choose wisely young Grasshopper!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. M. Hicks 'Farsight Blogger' on 9 Feb. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I first became aware of Flash Gordon in my childhood while I was running around the playground pretending to pilot an X-Wing. I was a huge Star Wars fan and my small world revolved around space battle and lightsabre fights. I remember the black and white serials from the 1930s being shown every now and then on television but the connection to Star Wars was never evident to me.

It wasn’t until my teens that I discovered that George Lucas had created the Star Wars universe as a homage to the serials that he loved as a child, and as he couldn’t secure the Flash Gordon license he decided to create a myth of his own. I was intrigued by this, and as luck would have it the TV was once again showing the old Larry ‘Buster’ Crabbe serials. I sat and paid a bit more attention this time as I wanted to see what it was that Star Wars and Flash Gordon had in common. As it happened, it was quite a lot and I immediately understood the charm of the serials and why they were so dear to so many people. There was no pretence, no deep angst or dilemmas of the soul; there was Flash Gordon, and he’d throw a punch at a dinosaur to defend what was right and battle on no matter the odds. He was a big damn hero.

This started my fondness of these serials; Buck Rogers, The Phantom Empire, Radar Men From The Moon, King Of The Rocket Men, Undersea Kingdom… all these and more I watched and enjoyed. As a Star Wars fan I could see where it was that George Lucas and his team had gotten their inspiration and then updated it to suit a modern audience, with modern special effects and sensibilities.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cliente Amazon on 14 Jun. 2012
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At first I liked this edition very much for the quality of drawings, but I was really upset when I discovered that there are at least 2 sunday strips missing:
- 04 august 1934 strips are missing (at there place there are the duplicated strips of 09 february 36)
- 25 august 1934 strips are missing (at there place there are the duplicated strips of 18 august 1934)
I hope that Titan book is going to fix this as soon as possible and that they will replace the wrong copies at no extra cost.
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