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    Alex Raymond Flash Gordon Sunday Comic Strip with Matching Jungle Jim Topper Original Art dated 3-15-36 (King Features Syndicate, 1936). Raymond's Flash Gordon is considered by most fans to be the finest science fiction/fantasy comic strip ever done, with the period of 1934-1936 being the most desirable for original art collectors due to the large size of the art drawn during those three years. Titled "Three Against Ming," all of the major characters in the Flash Gordon saga appear in this Sunday - Flash, Dale Arden, Dr. Hans Zarkov, and, most impressively, their nemesis, the evil Ming the Merciless. The inscrutable, leering portrait of Ming in panel two must number among the finest ever done; his sinister presence is palpable. Dale turns Ming's weapon of choice, the paralyzo-ray, on his own minions. This insidious device was frequently featured in the Flash Gordon movie serial, and is fondly recalled by aficionados. Making this already impressive Sunday even more spectacular is the art for the matching Jungle Jim topper. Jim is being forced into a "shotgun wedding" with the evil Bat-woman, and the line work on her gorgeous visage on the final panel is breathtaking. The Flash Gordon strip's image area measures 24" x 19", while the Jungle Jim topper measures 24" x 11.5". The art is in Excellent condition. Considering the remarkable qualities of this example, it must number among the top five known Flash Gordon originals. This is a rare and splendid piece for any enthusiast of American comic strip art.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2009
    26th-28th Thursday-Saturday
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