As many fans know. This year is the 80th anniversary of Flash Gordon, but we haven’t really seen to much fanfare beyond a new comic book series from Dynamite and a statement of intent that there is still a new Flash Gordon movie in the works.
Next year is an even bigger anniversary because 2015 will be the 100th year anniversary of King Features, which is the comics company that originally brought us Flash Gordon as well as other iconic characters such as The Phantom and Mandrake The Magician.
To celebrate this anniversary Dynamite Entertainment, who have breathed new life into many of the classic pulp heroes are producing a new comics mini series titled ‘King.’
‘King’ will see Flash Gordon teamed once again with Mandrake and The Phantom for adventures and fun. The last time I recall all three of these characters being thrown together was in the 80s animated series ‘Defenders Of The Earth.’
Added to this deadly trio will be Prince Valiant and the lesser known Jungle Jim.
All the above characters will also have their own stand alone mini series as part of this event.
Flash and The Phantom are arguably the most well-known of the five today, having featured in movies, comic books and animated series, but even Jim enjoyed a run of 16 movies starring Johnny Weissmuller in the mid-20th century.
Further details of ‘King’ are being tightly guarded, but it has been revealed that the series will follow on from events that were featured in the excellent ‘Kingswatch,’ which was written by Jeff Parker.
The mini-series featuring the characters launch in January 2015, leading to what Dynamite describes as “a grand crossover” in May, with creators on the five series include Thrilling Adventure Hour writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, novelist and comic book writer Paul Tobin and artists Ron Salas and Sandy Jarrell. Covers for the first issues of each series will be provided by Darwyn Cooke.
“This is truly an event that took 100 years to tell,” Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci said in a statement accompanying the announcement, calling it “the most expansive King Features cross-over ever.” He also promised that King “leads to new adventures for these great heroes,” suggesting that Jungle Jim and Prince Valiant’s revivals will last beyond the May crossover. Is the world really ready for the return of a character who regards a pith helmet as an essential part of his everyday wardrobe?