Flash Gordon Returns To Comic Books

Flash Gordon #1

I can’t think of Flash Gordon without hearing Queen’s theme song for the 1980’s Flash Gordon movie in my head. "Flash, a-ah, savior of the universe…Flash, a-ah, he’ll save every one of use." Now, thanks to Dynamite Entertainment, Flash Gordon fans will have a new outlet for the adventures of the savior of the universe. A new ongoing Flash Gordon comic book will be released in November.

Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #1 will be written by Eric Trautmann from a story and designs by Alex Ross. Daniel Lindro will be illustrating the series. The Flash Gordon series will follow the adventures of Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. The three are plucked from Earth and transported to the distant planet Mongo. On planet Mongo, they face the machinations and terror schemes of the dreaded emperor Ming, the All-Seeing Ruler of Mongo.

Alex Ross said, "Finally, after all this time, I'm working on a Flash Gordon series that brings the best I have to contribute to this legendary character and forerunner of all comic books!"

"I couldn't be happier about this project," said writer Eric Trautmann. "It is a genuine treat to be able to let my inner 'pulpster' out, and write in an idiom I rarely get to play in, which has a rich core of optimism and innocence. We're very much approaching the comic as if it were the Flash Gordon movie we'd all want to see. Add to that, I've adored Flash Gordon for as long as I've been reading, and the opportunity to play with Alex Raymond's material -- in a way I don't think has been done before -- is truly exciting. The Raymond strips were just so plot-dense, with a sense of 'anything goes' that I look for -- often unsuccessfully -- in contemporary comics. And, of course, several times a week, I check my e-mail, and find a dozen amazing pieces of artwork from Alex Ross; I'd be hard-pressed to find someone who has a greater understanding of the characters, or who harbors more affection for them, than Alex. He has laser-like clarity about the look and feel of the characters, the setting, the story, technology, making it all look new, and at the same time quite familiar. He's an exceptional 'vision holder' for our tale."

"Dynamite has added another classic character to our growing library of comics," said Dynamite Entertainment President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. "Eric has put together an amazing story and all Flash Gordon fans will fall in love with this book, just as I have!"