Sale Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 11:00 AM PDT
Recently, we were contacted by a client whose late husband was a life-long collector, attending comic and science fiction conventions going back to the 1960s. While reviewing the various artifacts her husband had amassed, she mentioned in passing that she had something framed on her wall having to do with the old Flash Gordon comic strips. When she sent detailed images of the piece, we couldn’t believe our eyes…it was the original artwork for the very first issue of Flash Gordon, replete with “No 1” handwritten beside comic legend Alex Raymond’s signature! Here it was, after 87 years of casting an indelible shadow of influence on science fiction and pop culture. From Superman’s tights and cape, to the space opera that would become Star Wars, Flash Gordon inspired creators across genres and generations. This seminal artwork remains an icon among icons, and we very proudly offer this alongside its original companion piece that launched simultaneously as a “topper” above Flash in the Sunday comics on January 7, 1934: Alex Raymond’s artwork for Jungle Jim #1 – the popular jungle adventure strip! This visionary collector was able to secure the origin and first appearance issues for both characters! Lastly, two additional Alex Raymond artworks were discovered, both created for the wartime issue of LOOK Magazine published October 20, 1942. The article, entitled, “The Creator of Flash Gordon Envisions the War’s End”, features artwork depicting futuristic warplanes bombing the “Axis octopus”, as well as a vision of peace showing images of Flash Gordon and Dale Arden (with a “cloud city” in the background!) holding the torch of freedom above a war-torn landscape. This extraordinary offering represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to obtain the artwork serving as the genesis of history’s greatest science fiction hero.
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