Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Together Again: PHANTOM, FLASH GORDON, and MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN

Comic Book Resources reports that Dynamite Entertainment has partnered with King Features Syndicate to create new comic book adventures for newspaper strip icons Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, and The Phantom -- the first time the three separate properties have been at the same comic book publisher in more than 40 years. (NOTE: The three were cast members of Defenders of Earth, the 1986 animated series and short-lived comic book at Marvel's kid imprint Star Comics.)

Flash Gordon, created by Alex Raymond to compete with Buck Rogers, debuted in 1934. Mandrake the Magician, created by Lee Falk, began in 1934. The Phantom, also created by Falk, debuted 1936.

FLASH GORDON comic strip free online
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THE PHANTOM comic strip free online

In addition to Dynamite, King Features apparently also continues to license The Phantom and Flash Gordon to comics publishers Moonstone Books and Ardden Entertainment. (See Flash of Two Publishers at Bleeding Cool.)

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3 comments:

  1. ARDDEN ENTERTAINMENT’S
    FLASH GORDON RETURNS THIS FALL!


    May 25th, 2009 -- Ardden Entertainment LLC is excited to announce the launch of FLASH GORDON: INVASION OF THE RED SWORD for an Autumn 2011 release.

    Coming off the heels of Ardden’s critically-acclaimed FLASH GORDON: THE MERCY WARS mini-series (called “good, old-fashioned fun, freshly polished” by Publishers Weekly), Ardden plans on continuing an expansion of the characters and situations created in the first story arc, which was directly inspired by Alex Raymond’s groundbreaking comic strips.

    FLASH GORDON: INVASION OF THE RED SWORD chronicles the invasion of Mongo by a splinter group of the CIA, as first introduced in FLASH GORDON: THE MERCY WARS #1. The group’s name, “The Red Sword,” was first created by Alex Raymond.

    “When preparing to write the first four six-issue arcs we have planned for FLASH GORDON,” says FLASH GORDON writer and Ardden Co-Publisher Brendan Deneen, “I re-read every single one of Alex Raymond’s original comic strips. There was a treasure trove of material in there, including an arc where Flash, Dale and Zarkov end up back on Earth. While there, they battle a mysterious group called ‘the Red Sword.’ I thought that was the perfect name for the invading force in our second arc.”

    “Like everyone else,” Deneen added, “I’ve heard about Dynamite’s plans to launch their own FLASH GORDON series. I look forward to some healthy competition. I hope they’re ready, too.”

    In addition to their ongoing FLASH GORDON comic book series, Ardden Entertainment LLC is the publisher of CASPER AND THE SPECTRALS, a re-imagining of “Casper the Friendly Ghost,” which Aint It Cool News recently described as their favorite comic of the week (“Buy CASPER AND THE SPECTRALS and I guarantee you will enjoy it,” they also wrote).

    CASPER AND THE SPECTRALS #2 hits comic stores in June after an unfortunate delay, with issue #3 coming out in July. Ardden will also be launching a new license at this October’s New York Comic-Con, based on a storied comic franchise with over three decades of history to its name.
    Ardden Entertainment was formed in mid-2007 by ex-Miramax Films executive, Brendan Deneen, and ex-Markosia Editor-in-Chief, Richard Emms, and their business model is to produce contemporized versions of classic licenses and exciting new creator-owned titles. Joining Deneen and Emms is veteran comic book creator and writer, JM DeMatteis, who works as Ardden's Editor-in-Chief.

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  3. He is a American hero athlete and adventurer together with dale Arden her girlfriend/journalist and Russian -born Ivan Zarkov scientist and writer join forces going to planet mongo and save their planet from Emperor Ming and his minions from tyranny with the aid of his compatriots lord barin ruler of arboria lord Vultan leader of the bird men and lord thun leader of savage lion people are joining forces to form a military junta to overthrow Ming the Merciless from the throne and Flsdh Gordon will fight to the finish in a duel with Ming and his evil armies to be conceded defeat Flash won the civil war and mongo city is liberated and planet earth returns to normal after was saved by a space hero/revolutionary leader is now a savior of the universe and remains invincible prevail inspired from Alex Raymond comic strip on 1934 and movie serials tv series comic books novels and forth coming 2013 film by the summer coming soon .thanks for the information about your comments in your opinion.from:Wayne

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