Monday, March 27, 2017

"INCREDIBLY RARE" FLASH GORDON MOVIE POSTER


Since this weekend's topic of "Spacemen", this item was coincidentally spotted up for sale at auction. There were a lot of spaceman movies and chapter serials in the 30s, but Buster Crabbe's Flash Gordon was the most popular. Posters for these movies aren't always seen these days and, according to the Auction House, this is one of the rarest.

Flash Gordon (Universal, 1936). One Sheet (27" X 41") Chapter 2 -- "Tunnel of Terror."
An incredibly rare original poster for one of the most lavishly produced and wildly popular serials of its day, this scarce one sheet is seldom offered at auction. It features stupendous graphics of Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon, Charles Middleton as Ming the Merciless, Priscilla Lawson as Princess Aura, and Jean Rogers as Dale Arden. The poster has a small right corner chip, pinpoint cross fold separation, edge wear with a small chip in the left edge, and several enlarged pinholes in the top left corner and one with a tear in Aura's hair with cellophane tape on the verso. There are pinpoint stains in the borders and a few in the image area. Fine/Very Fine. 


Value Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000.




Saturday, March 25, 2017

WARREN'S 'SPACEMEN' NO. 4 (PART 1)


SPACEMEN
Vol. 1 No. 4
July 1962
Spacemen, Inc.
Editor: Forrest J Ackerman
Cover artist: Basil Gogos
Pages: 68

Behind one of Basil Gogos' more uninspired covers of the "World's Only Space-Picture Magazine" is another great issue of Warren's SPACEMEN. Leading off is the "Shape of Wings to Come", describing what's in store for fans of science-fiction and fantasy films. a brief look at EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, "They Came From Outer Space", a pictorial that shows the similarities between later sci-fi scenes and monsters and their earlier depiction on pulp cover art, "The Ace of Space", a feature on Buster Crabbe as the famous "Flash" Gordon, and a short story reprint by Donald A. Wollheim lauded by the father of pulp science-fiction magazines (including AMAZING STORIES), Hugo Gernsback. Also included is the second part of the coverage of Fritz Lang's FRAU IM MOND (GIRL IN THE MOON).

Not known for its in depth and insightful articles, SPACEMEN is, at the very least, an important archive of sci-fi and fantasy films, and early science-fiction history.
































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