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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Flash Gordon

D. J. David B. is back in a Flash with the second installment of his Tuesday comics music column.

Wow, is it Flash Gordon time again? My watch must have stopped.

Flash had his heyday in the 1930′s with his seminal comic strip beautifully illustrated by the often-imitated, never-duplicated Alex Raymond, who along with Milt Caniff inspired the careers of just about every comic book artist who came after.


(click for a closer look)

By 1936 Flash was in the movies with a thrill-packed serial starring Buster Crabbe. In 1954 it was once again time to bring back Flash, in this case as a TV series with Steve Holland in the title role. An animated series followed in 1979, and a somewhat embarrassing feature film adaptation in 1980. Of course, that pales in comparison to Flesh Gordon, the soft-core porn flick (always spelled in lower case) that thoroughly embarrassed movie-goers in 1974.

That brings us up to 2007, with a brand new Flash Gordon TV series on the Sci-Fi Channel! I guess Flash Gordon is one of those characters that just keeps coming back, like yo-yos and herpes.

But now, flashback to the halcyon days of 1966 when Flash Gordon didn’t have a big comeback. The Batman TV show had taken the nation by storm and programmers reasoned (incorrectly) that the time was right for all kinds of costumed super-dudes to have TV series. Enter The Green Hornet, exit super trend. Jumping on this bandwagon were dozens of would-be millionaires hoping to cash in on the super-hit gravy train begun by The Batman Theme (more on that in the weeks to come). One enterprising record label released a fairly listenable LP with songs about Batman, Tarzan, The Phantom and Flash Gordon, just to make sure all bases were covered. Listen!


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7 Responses to “D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Flash Gordon”

  1. Luke McDonnell Says:

    Great to hear that Flash Gordon tune- my brother and I had that album when we were kids and we wore it out! Hope to hear more from it soon!

  2. Craig Yoe Says:

    News Flash: I’ve been told that that might be Leon Russell singing on the Flash gordon song!

  3. DJ David B. Says:

    I’d be surprised if it were Leon Russell. He was a much in-demand keyboard player in those days so he might very well have been used on these recording sessions, but not likely as a vocalist.

    Anyhow, I have the Batman & Robin song and the one about The Phantom scheduled for a future Tuesday. Plus a unique take on Captain Marvel. Stay TUNED.

  4. Journalista - the news weblog of The Comics Journal » Blog Archive » Aug. 22, 2007: Filth florin filth Says:

    [...] [Oddity] “Flash had a raygun, not an everyday gun…” [...]

  5. J. Brian Says:

    I love it! Do you have any info about the artists or publisher that might help collectors track down a copy?

  6. Eddie T Says:

    I have that album, it also has “Batman and Robin” the Green Hornet, the Phantom and others… I know I still have it but it’s in REALLY bad shape, nothing like the quality of that song.. Does anyone have more of it?

  7. Super I.T.C.H » Blog Archive » D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Flashback To Flash Gordon Says:

    [...] was only in our second Tuesday blog entry (way back on August 21, 2007 to be exact) that we last looked at Flash Gordon, and heard him sung about in song. (Turns out, that [...]

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