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On January 7, 1934, the world was introduced to a new science fiction hero, Flash Gordon. Created by artist Alex Raymond, Flash was inspired by – and intended to be competition for – Buck Rogers, who had been introduced to newspaper comic strips in 1928. Flash was a polo player and graduate of Yale University, and along with Dale Arden (a love interest for our hero) is flown by rocket by the half-mad Dr. Hans Zarkov to the distant planet Mongo, which is ruled by Ming the Merciless. The three spend many years on Mongo fighting Ming in an effort to overthrow his terrible regime and restore peace to the planet.

The book Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo reprints several stories from Raymond’s run as artist, aided by writer Don Moore. The stories start with “The Beast of Mongo”, which began on April 25, 1937, continuing with “The Outlaws of Mongo”, “The Tyrant of »

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