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Produced by DINO DE LAURENTIIS Directed by MIKE HODGES Screenplay by LORENZO SEMPLE, JR. Adaptation by MICHAEL ALLIN Based on characters created by Alex Raymond

Illustration by AL WILLIAMSON Adaptation by Bruce Jones Coloring by Rick Veitch

Nothing herein contained may be reproduced without permission . Printed in U.S.A. Copyright © 1980 Famous Films, B. V. Copyright © 1980 King Features Syndicate, Inc . Golden and Golden Press are registered trademarks of Western Publishing Company, Inc. Western Publishing Company, Inc. Racine, Wisconsin ISBN 0-307-13743-0 (Hardcover)

ISBN 0-307-11294-2 (So ftcover)


UNSNAPPING HIS 5EATBELT, FLASH RUSHES FORWARD TO THE COCI<PIT•..


FOR A MOMENT ALL IS QUIET ... THEN, STEPPING FROM THE BILLOWING CLOUO OF BLACK SMOKE, A DIMLY LIT FIGURE APPROACHES THE WRECKAGE .. . LORD I<NOWS WHY, BUT IT SEEMS NOT. SORRY ABOUT YOUR GREENHOLlSE, MR ... MR ...

FLASH, THAT'S HANS ZARKOV, THE SCIENTISI WHO KEEPS WARNING THE PRESS ABOUT AN ATTACK ON EARTH. THEY KICKW HIM OUT OF NASA. IT WAS IN ~~~~J ALL THE PAPERS/ ..< QUITE CORRECT, YOUNG LADY; AIoJD THEATrACI( HAS BEGUN. I ESTIMATE WE HAVE ELEVEN OAYS BEFORE OUR MOON CRASHES DOWN ANO DESTROYS U5. I'LL NEED YOUR AID IN lAKING OFF.


FRIENDSHIP-- BUILT ,HIS CAPSULE TO SEND OUT IN-FRIENDSHIP -- THE END NOW --UNLESS WE THREE CAN-CAN --


THE THREE AWE-STRUCK EARTHLINGS CLIMB FROM THE DOWNED CAPSULE AND FACE THE OTHER-WORLD CREATURES",

SILENCE.! YOU ARE PRISONERS OF MINGI YOU WILL COME. WITH US f IF YOU DISOBEY you WILL PERI'SH!


WE 'RE NO DOUBT BEING ESCORTED TO iHEIR LEADER. IF WE FAIL. TO REASON WITH THEM, l'VE STILL GOT THE GUN IN MY POCKET ..•


FLASH AND HIS FRIENDS ARE LED FORWARD UNDER THE WATcHFUL "GAZE" OF THE MYSTERIOUS GLOBE ...

•.. AND STANI7 AT LAST BEFORE THE CRUEL EYES OF MING THE MERCILESS, RULE R OF A LL MONGOl

PATHETIC cAR7HlINGS--HU RLIN G YOU R BODIES OUT INTO THE VOID WITHOUT THE SLiGHTE S, INKL ING OF WHAT 15 OUT HERE.'


Fl.ASH DARTS LIkE:. A l.IIHE: WHIRLWIND AMONG MING'S SLUGGISH r-GOONS, SCORING A VICTOR.Y WITH EACH L.IGHTNING BLOW OF HIS CRUSHING FISTS . . .

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TH(;.N YOU'VE GOT TO FIND ZARKOV -- THE. TWO OF YOU HAVE GOT TO SAVE THE EARTH

SOMEHOW! THERE'S NOBODY ELSE HERE TO

DO IT.


MIDNIGHT••.

SEEING THE DREAP' AND TERROR IN P'ALE'S EYES, FLASH MAKES A P'ESPERATE E:FFORT TO BREAK FREE ••• BUT IS OVERPOWEREP' 8Y AN FROM MING'S PHYSICIAN ...


BUT THEH!'APSTRONG' AURA IS ACCUSTOMED TO GETTING WHAT SHE WANTS . SHE WANTS FLASH, AN[7 HAS CONSPIRED WITH THE IMPERIAL PHYSICIAN WHOSE INJEC.TION HAS IMMUNIZED FLASH AGAINST THE EXECUTIONER'S GAS, WHILE INDUCING A DEATH-SIMULATING TRANCE.


WILL IT MAKE ME FORGET?


AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON, A CURIOUS PLASTIC HOOD DESCENDS OYER AURA'S HEAD. .. r------u~;----~___,_J YOU MEAN 'IOU CAN READ THOUGH,S WITH ,HA, ,HING? I COULD SPEAK WITH DALE THROUGH THIS APPARATUS?


I WAS SAYED, I'M IN A ROCKET" RACING TO THE KINGDOM OF ARBORIA TO GET HEt.PI ARE YOU AlL'RIGHT?

GOOD I LISTEN, YOU ' VE GOT TO JOIND ZARKOV, HE'S IN TERRIBLE DAN GER , AND STAY O UT O F MING'S WAY UNTIL I GET BACK.' DO YOUHEARME 7


As

MING 'S GUARDS FALL UNDER DALE'S FIRE, A SHADOWY FIGURE APPEARS BEHIND HER.

ZARKOI/, FLASH IS ALIVE.! I TALKED TO HIM BY TELEPATHY -HE'S ON HIS WAY TO ARBORIA TO GET HELP.'

I HAVE LOCATED DAL.E ARDEN, YOUR MAJESTY. SHE IS NOW UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF AGENT ZARKOV. AND SOMETHING MORE - - FLASH GORDON IS STIL.L ALIVE.I

FIND FLASH GORDON! AND FIND THE l'RAITOR WHO HELPED HIM ESCAPE! STOP AT NOTHING.!


YES, IT'S A SECRET TEMPLE ... A YOUNG MAN IS BEING INITIATEr7! LISTEN!

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THe: NEXT MOMENl'; THE YOUNG LIES PALE AND STILL AT PRINCE BARIN ' 5 FEET •. .

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I THOUGHT YOu WERE EXECUTED! NO MATTER .. , .I'J..i. FINISH THE JOB!

THU PUT ME UN[7ER A I/EVILISH MACHINE BACK THERE , DALE-TRIED TO WIPE OIJT MY MEMORY-- TURN ME INTO A MONGO AGENT .

BUT AS I WAS GOING UNDER 1. STARTED TO RECITE SHAKESPEARE, EINSTEIN -ANYTHING I COULD REMEMBER. II ARMORE[7 ME ! THEY COULDN'T

WIPE THOSE THINGS AWAY. YOU CAN'T SEA7 THE HUMAN SPIRIT.


GOOD eVEN lNG, PRINCESS-- DID YOU HAVE A GOOD FLIGHT BACK FROM ARBORIA?


"THI S GAME IS SENSELESS, FICO,

I 'll Kill GORDON NO W /

WE ' lL NEED WEAPONS TO CROSS THE SWAMp路路 THEY' RE STORED IN THE TEMPlE -路

QUICKI..Y/


WAIT, PRINCE VULTAN! WHY ,URN us OVER ,0 THAT MONSTER WHEN WE CAN HELP YOU OESTROY HIM I THE liME TO ACT IS NOW··-iO RALLY AGAINST HIM l

50, YOU'VE CAPTURED THE ESCAPED EARTH PEOPLE! CALL THE EMPEROR AI ONCE/

EASY TO SAY. THEY OUTNUMBER us ,EN TO ONE AND HAVE SUPERIOR WEAPONS. .sTILL , I'D LIKE TO SEE THAi BUTCHER FALL . . •

YES! IN ARBORIA! PRINCE I3ARIN IS AIDING HIM l 1 TELL yOU, TOGETHER WE CAN BRING HIM TO HIS KNEES!


FICo's

TREACHERY 15 REVEALED WITH A SIGNAL FROM HIS HAND.•.

THE BEAST LIES SOMEWHERE IN

THE STUMP. THERE ARE SIX PASSAGES. ONLY FIVE ARE SAFE .


LIGHTNING QUICK, FLASH LEAPS AI THE LAS, MOMENT •••

Ot-lE MOVE AND YOU'LL BE LOOKING FOR A NEW PRINCE •• . S ORRY TO DISAPPOINT YOU, BARIN , BUT I FAKE£? GETTING BITTEN.


STRUGGLING MIGHTILY, FLASH IS SLOWLY DRAWN INTO

,HE PUJ..PY MASS OF THE MONSTER •. •

DON'T MENTION IT... ~ COULDN'T VEORY WELL LET THAT CREATURE ROB ME OF THE: PLEASURE . OF KILLING YOU MYSELF. ..


BETTER HURRY UP THEN, 8ARIN 1 THERE/S A SQUADRON OF ANGRY - LOOKING HAWI<MEN RIGHT BEHINI7 YOU .•.

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BEFORE YOU SELL VUI..TAN , I REMIND YOU OF THE EMPEROR'S LAW: NO PRINCE OF MONGO TAKEN CAPTIVE SHAL.L BE DEALT WITH WITHOUT FIRST BEING OFFERED THE RIGHT OF TRIAL BY COM8AT,

us TO MING,


FLASH, LOVE YOUI WE HAVE LESS

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HOURS TO

SAVE. "THE EARTH!

Ai THE SOUND OF DALE'S VOICE A SUPER- HUMAN' STRENGTH COURSES "THROUGH THE EARTHMAN'S STEELSPRING MUSCLES WITH A MIGHTY . HEAVE HE THROWS I3ARIN OVER .


YOU'RE MAD! MY DUlY IS TO SAVE MY HAWK PEOPLE .I INTO THE AIR, MY PEOPLE! TAKE EVERYTHING YOU CAN CARRY! MING WILL ATTACK WITHIN MINUTE'S.'


YOU'RE A HE:RO TO THE PEOPLE- YOU'VE SURVIVED EVERY PERIL OF MONGO-- YOUR NAME IS WHISPERED IN THE STREETS -- YOU EVEN SLEW THE l/READED KI..YTUS -- WHO BETTER THAN YOU TO RULE A KINGDOM?

A FTER THE EARTHQUAKES AND TIDAL WAVES, THE PEOPLE OF EARTH WON'T BE QUITE THE HUMAN BEINGS YOU REMEMBER. THEY'LL BE MORE TRACTABLE·· EASIER FOR yOU TO RULE IN THE NAME OF MING.

SHE'S EXCEPTIONAL. I WILL MARRY HER AND SEND OUR IMPERIAL. PROGENY BACK TO POPULATE YOUR EARTH •• •

THEN YOUR ANSWER IS NO ••. PITY, I'D RAl"HER SEE yOU ON MY SIDE THAN SCATTE:RED "TO ATOMS . ..

BUT SO BE IT . GUARDS! WE'LL RETURN TO THE IMPERIAL ROCKET-- LEAVE THE EARTHLING HERE , TO HIS DOOM.

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AMONG THE CHIEF MOURNERS ARE PRINCE VULTAN AND HIS \~ LIEUTENANT, LURO " .

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AL~ RIGHT, ALL RIGHT! PERHAPS I 'p DO IT DIFFERENTI-Y IF 1 HAD IT TO DO

OVER! BUT I DON'T! GORDON'S DE'AD!


IN ,HE PALACE BEDCHAMBER, DALE ARDEN AND PRINCESS AURA WAIT -- BRIDE AND BRIDESMAID•. .

HOW CAN 1 SAY I'M SORR~ DALE, OR EXPECT YOU TO ACCEPT MY APOLOGY? I'VE BEEN SUCH A SPOILED FOOL. I NEVER KNEW WHAT MY FATHER WAS UNTIL HE STOOD BY WHILE I WAS TORTURED.

II DOESN'T MATTER ..• I'VE GIVEN MING

MY WORD TO TRY TO BE A GOOD WIFE IF HE'D SPARE DR. ZARKOV AND BARI"!. HE VOWED HE WOULD...


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BOLiS RIP THE AIR FLASH iWlSTS THE BUCKING CYCLE INTO A GEi AWAY ZOOM •• •


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OUI<: T~AP-PLAY WORKED! THE Y 'LL BE UNDEI< US IN FIFTY SECONDS!

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BUT ALREADY FLASH AND THE HAWK MEN GWOOP DOWN LIKE AVENGING ANGE.LS, LANDING ON THE MIDSECTION O~ THE BATTLE ROCKET",


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'/OU'LLNEVER MAKE IT,,, GI\lE ME YOUR BOMBl


1 AM NOT THE MAN 1 USEO TO 8E,AU12.A, CAN 'IOU STILL \...OVE ME?


EYES GLOWING EVILLY, MING THE MERCILESS APPROACHES WITH SMUG AN,ICIPATION HIS BEAUIIFULBRlDE.-TO- 6E..


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WEAVIL\{ DAMAGED BEFORE MING'S GROUND FIRE, FLASH'S ROCKET ---00 THUNDERS ON, LITTLE MORE TI-lAN A TATTERED HULK /I'

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WI-IILE BELOW, ZARKOV AND BARIN BURST UPON TJ..IE UNSUSPECTING GUA~D5 Ai THE SECRET POLICE HEAOQUA/<iER5",

ROCKET AJA X ~TI Ll- APPJ<OAC ~ ING. WE GUARANTEE ITS DESTRUCTION WHEN IT REACHES THE LIGHTNING I=IELD, LIFE FORM SCANNERS IDENTIF'i EARTHLING FLASH GORDON AT THE


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early fifty years ago Flash Gordon crash-landed on the Planet Mongo. The heroic "Yale graduate and renowned polo player" first crossed swords with Mongo 's ruthless tyrant, Ming the Merciless on January 7, 1934 in the pages of King Features Syndicate's Sunday Comic Supplement. Flash, together with his companions and allies, Dr. Zarkov, Dale Arden and Prince Barin of Arboria, have continued their crusade against Ming and his craven henchmen ever since in an extraordinary range of media. Mongo has been portrayed in comic books, novels, radio dramas, a television series and, of course, those classic movie se rial s which once played the neighborhood movie houses every Saturday afternoon. This Flash Gordon mini-industry sprang from the fertile imagination and talented pen of Alex Raymond. The amazing versatility and adaptability of the Flash Gordon story is a tribute to the richness of Raymond 's original version . Raymond's classically precise and crisp style has been endlessly imitated but never matched . Born in 1909 and encouraged by his family to nurture his great talent, Raymond landed a staff job at King Features Syndicate at a fortuitous moment. In the early 1930's the syndicate was casting about in search of a "space strip" with which to challenge " Buck Rogers, " the reigning scie nce fantasy strip of the day. Raymond went after the assignment and King added "Flash Gordon" to its Sunday Comic Supplement in the first week of 1934. It was an instant, overwhelming success. Raymond drew the str ip for King until 1944 when he relinqui shed it to his assistant Austin Briggs, and served in the Pacific as a combat artist with the Marine Corps. Returning from the war, Raymond devoted his energies to the creation of "Rip Kirby", a highly original police st rip . In 1956, at the height of hi s fame, Alex Raymond was fatally injured in a car accident near his Connecticut home. Flash Gordon remains the most durable creation of this most versat ile of arti()ts. In Flash Gordon, the Movie, Flash continues his heroic struggle against the demonic tyranny of Ming . To guarantee authenticity, Dino DeLaurentiis has returned to the source and recreated episodes from Raymond 's original story of January, 1934. And so, after nearly fifty yea rs, the grand vision of Alex Raymond comes full circle. Hail Flash Gordon! May he live another fifty years.

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Flash Gordon the Movie