Death to Ming! Flash Gordon Returns This April!

The greatest pulp action hero of them all and the savior of the universe, Flash Gordon, is returning to comic book shops this April with an all new creative team from Dynamite Entertainment.  Jeff Parker (Batman ’66) and Evan Shaner (Deadpool) will take Flash to the planet Mongo where he will inevitable encounter the evil Ming the Merciless.

This series is a follow up to King’s Watch, where Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, and The Phantom teamed up Defenders of the Earth-style (which was a really fun read).  My anticipation for this title is only building after Bleeding Cool ran some of the variants and retailer incentives Dynamite Entertainment has lined up for this title launch, specifically this Death To Ming propaganda style poster.

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“Flash Gordon #1″ Retailer Exclusive Variant Cover

Flash Gordon #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ February Previews catalog, slated for release on April 9, 2014. 

Credit: [Bleeding Cool]

Of Big Trouble, Autobots, and Saviors of The Universe: My Ideal Saturday Matinee

The League of Extraordinary Bloggers is a group of like-minded individuals organized by Brian from Cool & Collected.  Each member contributes a post on the weekly assignment, which is shared and cross posted across the group.  The first assignment:

What movie is, or was, your “go to” Saturday matinee — the comfort movie you always popped into the VCR on a rainy Saturday afternoon, the movie you watched over and over again, driving your parents crazy while you recited the lines along with the characters on the screen?

Most people can point to a movie as being their go to childhood flick.  You know the one I’m talking about, it’s the one that your parents would begrudgingly pop into the VCR every weekend.  Over time the sound would pop or the picture would jump because it had been rewound far too many times.

I never had just a movie.  I had three movies, which I know refer to as my Trifecta of 80′s Awesomeness: Big Trouble in Little China, Transformers: The Movie, and Flash Gordon. And you want to know why it was so awesome? They were on just one VCR tape. My dad had a knack for making *ahem* duplicates of VHS tapes through an elaborate system of VHS decks.  With love and dedication, my dad worked it out to get all three movies on to one VHS tape, guaranteeing close to 5 1/2 hours of uninterrupted TV time.

To this day I still have a deep and profound love for those movies.  Partly due to the dedication from my dad to ensure that I had uninterrupted flow of 80s cheese pipelined directly into my cerebral cortex. To this day I can listen to the score from Transformers: The Movie and articulate the scenes in which each movement occurs.  I can go line for line with Jack Burton, and the Flash Gordon soundtrack is among my most played on my iPod.  To this day, I never grow tired of any of these movies. And I may argue that these three movies could be tied for the greatest 80s movie theme songs (Footloose can suck it!)

I have a primal compulsion to watch them every time they pop up, much to the chagrin of my wife.  Of the three, I think she prefers Big Trouble in Little China … but she will never admit to that.

More From The League:

Good Ol’ Saturday Matinee Weirdness via GeekChunks

Boys, Avenge Me, AVENGE ME! via Branded in the 80s

 

Brian Blessed Doesn’t Take Shit From Dinner Guests

Over the course of my time here I have made mention of the sheer greatness that is the 1980 cult classic Flash Gordon. One of the things that makes that movie so damn watchable is Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan, leader of the Hawkmen.

According to IMDB via the UK’s Daily Mail, Blessed was scheduled to appear at a function in the UK but stormed out after another guest mentioned that Flash Gordon was not a good movie.

The unnamed man who made the comment tells the publication, “All I said was that I did not rate Flash Gordon, that I thought it was c**p.

“Blessed got upset, grabbed me and walked out. I honestly don’t know why. I certainly did not call him any names.

There are very few celebrities that I would want to party with, I must admit that Brian Blessed has easily rocketed to the top of the list.

Flash Gordon’s New Director Thinks The TV Show Sucked Too

Anyone who has been around DDOY knows that I am deeply and passionately in love with the 1980 cult classic Flash Gordon. It is a movie that I have loved since the first time I saw back when I was 6 or 7 years old.

Flash Gordon has been around forever and rumors of a remake have been circling the Interwebs for years now. Various directors have been attached and casting wish lists have been made. The most recent incarnation of Flash Gordon was that shitty SyFy Channel hour long … which we all want to just forget about.

Over at io9, they have a brief interview with Director Breck Eisner whose latest The Crazies (itself a remake), who has picked up the cause of Flash Gordon and will be shepherding it back into theaters in the very near future.

For me, nothing will surpass the 1980 film. Maybe it’s the iconic theme song or the badassery of Brian Blessed … however Eisner won me over when he made the following statement in regards to the television series:

No. Not at all, [ughhh]. I thought the TV series was not good. I think it did a lot of damage to the brand. To do Flash Gordon right — one of the reasons you can’t is because of budget

Thank God. The man gets it! Also if you go to check out the rest of the interview he talks about what we will definitely be seeing more Hawkmen in his Flash Gordon.

Flash Aa-Ah Gordon LEGO Set!

While perusing one of my many interweb haunts, I came across one of the more badass custom LEGO designs over at Eurobricks. Over there, user LegoLyons created this little Flash Gordon vignette featuring Flash, Ming, Princess Aura, and Prince Vultan.

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Whoever and whereever you are LegoLyons, I applaud your efforts. Not only did you create a kickass diorama, you captured the look of the 1980 cult classic film. I would gladly dish out some cold hard cash for this, and I’m sure many die hard Flash Gordon fans would agree.