Vintage 1951 Christmas greeting card - 6" x 5" card unused and suitable for framing - featuring the comic strip characters, Flash Gordon and Dale Arden in a brilliant three-color lithography created and first drawn by famous American cartoonist Alex Raymond.
Flash Gordon was a science fiction adventure comic strip first published as a color strip on January 7, 1934, by King Features Syndicate for the William Randolph Hearst Sunday newspapers, it was intended to compete with the already well-established Buck Rogers adventure comic strip. Flash Gordon live-action movie serials were shown first in movie theatres in the 1930s and 1940s, and then syndicated on television in the 1950s and 1960s.
The comic strip follows the adventures of Flash Gordon, a handsome polo player and Yale graduate, and his companions Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. The story begins with Earth bombarded by fiery meteors. Dr. Zarkov invents a rocket ship to locate their place of origin in outer space, and kidnaps Flash and Dale, and together they travel to the planet Mongo, where the find that the meteors are actually weapons devised by the evil ruler Ming the Merciless.
The strip was drawn by Raymond until 1943, when he entered the service during World War II. I series of cartoonist drew the strip continuously until 2003. This cartoon copyright 1951, was probably drawn by Mac Raboy who drew the Sunday color comics Flash Gordon strip from 1948 to 1967. This greeting card features a picture of Flash Gordon and his female companion Dale Arden on the cover, with an image of Flash Gordon's space ship across the inside pages with a traditional Christmas greeting. On the back is the 1951 dated copyright by the King Features Syndicate.
Printed on off-white standard fold-over card stock, with a brilliant three-color lithograph image on the cover. No envelope is included.
PHOTO NOTE: The muted grainy nature of the images is a photo distortion, which makes what are actually very vivid colors appear somewhat muted. The scanning process tends to exaggerate the dots from the lithographic process, creases and small flaws, which are usually much less noticeable when viewed in person.
CONDITION NOTE: The condition of this card is excellent. Corners are sharp and there is very little wear on the edges. Colors are brilliant. There are no holes, creases or tears, and only a little wear at the middle fold. All defects are clearly visible.
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