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Review: Flash Gordon – Kings Quest TPB

By Philip Schweier

Back in the 1970s, there were numerous books published featuring the collected strips of famous newspaper characters: Little Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy and Flash Gordon among others. With the advent of Star Wars in 1977, it was no time at all before such nostalgic properties became fodder for the newly discovered fan base. I’d seen a few chapters of the original Flash Gordon serial starring Buster Crabbe, but most of my exposure to the character came by way of the Saturday morning cartoon. The 1980 live action film debuted, and spoiled it for me. Today, many fans look upon the film with fondness, celebrating its cheesy goodness as one interpretation among many. So when handed Kings Quest to review, I expected a rehash of the Defenders of the Earth cartoon, which united perennial stars of the King Features syndicated comic strips – Flash Gordon, the Phantom, and Mandrake the Magician....   More


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