John Neggia I-304-76

Here’s my Christmas card for 2018 from John Neggia.


This holiday greeting is particularly special to me as Mr. Neggia served with my Dad in Company I, 304th Infantry Regiment of the 76th Division – part of Patton’s 3rd Army.

They were both only 18 years old when they started training at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin in the summer of 1944 (now Fort McCoy).


The following picture is from Schmölln, Germany in the spring of 1945. It’s of the 1st Platoon of Company I which Private 1st Class John Neggia served in. 
(Click on the image to see larger.)

1st Platoon was led by 2nd Lt. Steve Galanes, who is pictured just to the left of the Company I flag. To the left of him is Pfc. John Neggia.

Mr. Neggia once told me the following story regarding this picture.

John Neggia and Pfc. Tobias Gutierrez (sitting to the right of Galanas) had no intention of sitting for this picture so they went and hid, but Lt. Galanes found them. Galanes then marched them over to have their pic taken with the Platoon – and had them sit on either side of him.


Mr. Neggia keeps active in part by sharing his remembrances of the War at memorial services and other gatherings saluting our Veterans. Here are just a few of the most recent.

World War II Veterans Look Back on the War
The Northern Virginian Daily – May 26, 2017

World War II Veterans Offer Lessons in History, Service and Courage
The Sun Community News – Elizabethtown, New York – March 14, 2017

Veterans Honored at Special Memorial Dedication
Interviewed by WDVM-TV – Video

Veterans reflect on World War II’s ending
The Northern Virginian Daily – May 22, 2015


January 17, 2019 is Mr. Neggia’s 93rd birthday. Here’s wishing him a happy birthday, good health – and many thanks for his service to this Country.

John And Virginia Neggia
2004 – 76th Division Reunion

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Flash Gordon by Jim Keefe – Story Index

  • 1. Demon From the Dark Dimension: 01/21/1996 – 4/21/1996
  • 2. Nightfall on Mongo: 4/28/1996 – 8/25/1996
  • 3. The Way it Began: 9/1/1996 – 9/29/1996
  • 4. The Return of Ming: 10/6/1996 – 12/22/1996
  • 5. Durok’s Revenge: 12/29/1996 – 5/11/1997
  • 6. Lair of the Damned: 5/18/1997 – 7/13/1997
  • 7. Wartog: 7/20/1997 – 10/12/1997
  • 8. Alania Under Siege: 10/19/1997 – 5/3/1998
  • 9. Traitor In Our Midst: 5/10/1998 – 10/18/1998
  • 10. The Way It Began: 10/25/1998 – 11/1/1998
    (a condensed version of 9/8/1996 – 9/29/1996)
  • 11. Shadowland: 11/8/1998 – 1/3/1999
  • 12. Return To Syk: 1/10/1999 – 3/28/1999
  • 13. Back to Earth: 4/4/1999 – 10/31/1999
  • 14. Garden of Evil: 11/7/1999 – 12/19/1999
  • 15. Gallery Page: 12/26/1999
    (Spotlight of Flash Gordon artists throughout the years)
  • 16. The Way It Began: 1/2/2000 – 1/9/2000
    (Reprinting 10/25/1998 – 11/1/1998)
  • 17. To Melt a Queen’s Heart: 1/16/2000 – 6/18/2000
  • 18. Operation: Escape: 6/25/2000 – 8/6/2000
  • 19. Peace Offering: 8/13/2000 – 11/5/2000
  • 20. Secret Agent X-9: 11/12/2000 to 6/17/2001
  • 21. Nesting Ground: 6/24/2001 – 8/12/2001
  • 22. Flashback: 8/19/2001 – 10/28/2001
    (In depth retelling of Flash’s origin story)
  • 23. Slithers: 11/4/2001 – 5/12/2002
  • 24. Crowning Glory: 5/19/2002 – 8/18/2002
  • 25. Hatchlings: 8/25/2002 – 9/22/2002
  • 26. Tournament of Death: 9/29/2002 – 3/16/2003

Reprinted Stories

Stories #27-#45 reprint Jim Keefe’s original run but skips around a little
at the beginning before running consecutively starting with story #32 (reprinting story #12). Note: The exception being Story #15 which was skipped as it was a one page gallery of artists.

  • 27. The Way It Began: 3/23/2003 – 3/30/2003 
    (Reprinting Story 10: 10/25/1998 – 11/1/1998)
  • 28. Wartog: 4/6/2003 – 6/29/2003 
    (Reprinting Story 7: 7/20/1997 – 10/12/1997)
  • 29. Demon From the Dark Dimension: 7/6/2003 – 9/28/2003 
    (Reprinting Story 1: 01/28/1996 – 4/21/1996)

  • 30. Traitor In Our Midst: 10/5/2003 – 3/14/2004 
    (Reprinting Story 9: 5/10/1998 – 10/18/1998)

  • 31. The Way It Began: 3/21/2004 – 3/28/2004 
    (Reprinting Story 10: 10/25/1998 – 11/1/1998)

  • 32. Return to Syk: 4/4/2004 – 6/20/2004 
    (Reprinting Story 12: 1/10/1999 – 3/28/1999)

  • 33. Back to Earth: 6/27/2004 – 1/23/2005 
    (Reprinting Story 13: 4/4/1999 – 10/31/1999)

  • 34. Garden of Evil: 1/30/2005 – 3/13/2005 
    (Reprinting Story 14: 11/7/1999 – 12/19/1999)

  • 35. The Way It Began: 3/20/2005 – 3/27/2005 
    (Reprinting Story 16: 1/2/2000 – 1/9/2000)

  • 36. To Melt a Queen’s Heart: 4/3/2005 – 9/4/2005 
    (Reprinting Story 17: 1/16/2000 – 6/18/2000)

  • 37. Operation: Escape: 9/11/2005 – 10/23/2005 
    (Reprinting Story 18: 6/25/2000 – 8/6/2000)

  • 38. Peace Offering: 10/30/2005 – 1/22/2006 
    (Reprinting Story 19: 8/13/2000 – 11/5/2000)
  • 39. Secret Agent X-9: 1/29/2006 to 9/3/2006 
    (Reprinting Story 20: 11/12/2000 – 6/17/2001)
  • 40. Nesting Ground: 9/10/2006 to 10/29/2006 
    (Reprinting Story 21: 6/24/2001 – 8/12/2001)
  • 41. Flashback: 11/5/2006 to 1/14/2007 
    (Reprinting Story 22: 8/19/2001 – 10/28/2001)
  • 42. Slithers: 1/21/2007 – 7/29/2007 
    (Reprinting Story 23: 11/4/2001 – 5/12/2002)
  • 43. Crowning Glory: 8/5/2007 – 11/4/2007 
    (Reprinting Story 24: 5/19/2002 – 8/18/2002)
  • 44. Hatchlings: 11/11/2007 – 12/9/2007 
    (Reprinting Story 25: 8/25/2002 – 9/22/2002)
  • 45. Tournament of Death: 12/16/2007 – 6/1/2008 
    (Reprinting Story 26: 9/29/2002 – 3/16/2003)

Story #46 begins with Jim Keefe’s first story, Demon From the Dark Dimension, with following stories running consecutively. Story #15 which was a one page gallery of artists and story #16 which reprints the origin were skipped.

This run has minor color touch ups/corrections that differ from the original. 
In some case there is also changes in the art where needed. For example…

Flash Gordon for July 25,1999
Flash Gordon for December 4, 2011
Flash Gordon for January 6, 2019

For backstory on these particular strips, go to Flash Gordon is Trumped.


  • 46. Demon From the Dark Dimension: 6/8/2008 – 8/31/2008 
    (Reprinting Story 1: 01/28/1996 – 4/21/1996)
  • 47. Nightfall on Mongo: 9/7/2008 – 1/4/2009 
    (Reprinting Story 2: 4/28/1996 – 8/25/1996)
  • 48. The Way it Began: 1/11/2009 – 2/8/2009 
    (Reprinting Story 3: 9/1/1996 – 9/29/1996)
  • 49. The Return of Ming: 2/15/2009 – 5/3/2009 
    (Reprinting Story 4: 10/6/1996 – 12/22/1996)
  • 50. Durok’s Revenge: 5/10/2009 – 9/20/2009 
    (Reprinting Story 5: 12/29/1996 – 5/11/1997)
  • 51. Liar of the Damned: 9/27/2009 – 11/22/2009 
    (Reprinting Story 6: 5/18/1997 – 7/13/1997)
  • 52. Wartog: 11/29/2009 – 2/21/2010 
    (Reprinting Story 7: 7/20/1997 – 10/12/1997)
  • 53. Alania Under Siege: 2/28/2010 – 9/12/2010 
    (Reprinting Story 8: 10/19/1997 – 5/3/1998)
  • 54. Traitor In Our Midst: 9/19/2010 – 2/27/2011 
    (Reprinting Story 9: 5/10/1998 – 10/18/1998)
  • 55. The Way it Began: 3/6/2011 – 3/13/2011 
    (Reprinting Story 10: 10/25/1998 – 11/1/1998)
  • 56. Shadowland: 3/20/2011 – 5/15/2011 
    (Reprinting Story 11: 11/8/1998 – 1/3/1999)
  • 57. Return To Syk: 5/22/2011 – 8/7/2011 
    (Reprinting Story 12: 1/10/1999 – 3/28/1999)
  • 58. Back to Earth: 8/14/2011 – 3/11/2012 
    (Reprinting Story 13: 4/4/1999 – 10/31/1999)
  • 59. Garden of Evil: 3/18/2012 – 4/29/2012 
    (Reprinting Story 14: 11/7/1999 – 12/19/1999)
  • 60. To Melt a Queen’s Heart: 5/6/2012 – 10/7/2012 
    (Reprinting Story 17: 1/16/2000 – 6/18/2000)
  • 61. Operation: Escape: 10/14/2012 – 11/25/2012 
    (Reprinting Story 18: 6/25/2000 – 8/6/2000)
  • 62. Peace Offering: 12/2/2012 – 2/24/2013 
    (Reprinting Story 19: 8/13/2000 – 11/5/2000)
  • 63. Secret Agent X-9: 3/3/2012 – 10/6/2013 
    (Reprinting Story 20: 11/12/2000 to 6/17/2001)
  • 64. Nesting Ground: 10/13/2013 – 12/01/2013 
    (Reprinting Story 21: 6/24/2001 – 8/12/2001)
  • 65. Flashback: 12/08/2013 – 2/16/2014 
    (Reprinting Story 22: 8/19/2001 – 10/28/2001)
    (In depth retelling of Flash’s origin story)
  • 66. Slithers: 2/23/2014 – 8/31/2014
    (Reprinting Story 23: 11/4/2001 – 5/12/2002)
  • 67. Crowning Glory: 9/7/2014 – 12/7/2014 
    (Reprinting Story 24: 5/19/2002 – 8/18/2002)
  • 68. Hatchlings: 12/14/2014 – 1/11/2015 
    (Reprinting Story 25: 8/25/2002 – 9/22/2002)
  • 69. Tournament of Death: 1/18/2015 – 7/5/2015 
    (Reprinting Story 26: 9/29/2002 – 3/16/2003)
  • 70. Demon From the Dark Dimension: 7/12/2015 – 10/4/2015 
    (Reprinting Story 1: 01/28/1996 – 4/21/1996)
  • 71. Nightfall on Mongo: 10/11/2015 – 2/7/2016 
    (Reprinting Story 2: 4/28/1996 – 8/25/1996)
  • 72. The Way it Began: 2/14/2016 – 3/13/2016 
    (Reprinting Story 3: 9/1/1996 – 9/29/1996)
  • 73. The Return of Ming: 3/20/2016 – 6/5/2016 
    (Reprinting Story 4: 10/6/1996 – 12/22/1996)
  • 74. Durok’s Revenge: 6/12/2016 – 10/23/2016 
    (Reprinting Story 5: 12/29/1996 – 5/11/1997)
  • 75. Liar of the Damned: 10/30/2016 – 12/25/2016 
    (Reprinting Story 6: 5/18/1997 – 7/13/1997)
  • 76. Wartog: 1/1/2017 – 3/26/2017 
    (Reprinting Story 7: 7/20/1997 – 10/12/1997)
  • 77. Alania Under Siege: 4/2/2017 – 10/15/2017 
    (Reprinting Story 8: 10/19/1997 – 5/3/1998)
  • 78. Traitor In Our Midst: 10/22/2017 – 4/1/2018 
    (Reprinting Story 9: 5/10/1998 – 10/18/1998)
  • 79. The Way it Began: 4/8/2018 – 4/15/2018 
    (Reprinting Story 10: 10/25/1998 – 11/1/1998)
  • 80. Shadowland: 4/22/2018 – 6/17/2018 
    (Reprinting Story 11: 11/8/1998 – 1/3/1999)
  • 81. Return To Syk: 6/24/2018 – 9/9/2018 
    (Reprinting Story 12: 1/10/1999 – 3/28/1999)
  • 82. Back to Earth: 9/16/2018 – 4/14/2019 
    (Reprinting Story 13: 4/4/1999 – 10/31/1999)

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Flash Gordon is Trumped

As many of you may know, King Features has been re-releasing the run I did on Flash Gordon over at Comics Kingdom.

The strip that recently ran on January 6, 2019 originally ran July 25, 1999. Back then the cameo was President Bill Clinton.


When it ran again on December 4, 2011 it was with President Obama.


For January 6, 2019 it would be President Trump – but with all the recent talk about “Space Force” and “Space Command” I thought it would be interesting to actually quote Trump from an article that ran in the Business Insider.

The editors at King made the observation that this could possibly appear as if I was trolling Trump supporters, so it was decided to tweak the dialogue a little. And also the hands seemed to be drawn a little small – so maybe tweak that as well.

The one thing I couldn’t change (as Sundays have to be in a month and a half before they run) is the drawing of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis next to Trump. Mattis gave a letter of resignation in December with his last day scheduled for the end of February, but then Trump decided to dismiss him as of January 1 (just five days short of when this Sunday saw print). Granted with how crazy the news cycle is these days, nothing that’s a month old is timely in today’s world.


And there you have it, a little peak about what goes on behind the scenes on the Flash Gordon comic strip. I hope you enjoyed it.

But more importantly…
• Has Flash warned the the people of Earth in time to save them from Ming’s impending attack?
•Will Dale and Zarkov escape Ming’s clutches in time to stop Boston’s impending doom?
• Is there a Queen video that can answer these questions and more?!

Stay tuned to Comics Kingdom to find out!

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The Five Best Flashes Ever Anywhere

Full Disclosure: This was a post done for CBR.com back in 2008 by Joe Rice titled, Definitive List of the Five Best Flashes Ever Anywhere.
The only reason I’m reposting/reformatting it here is because the archived link is formatted a little wonky in its current form – plus he used a drawing I did for the pic of Flash Gordon (which I got a big kick out of).

Comics and nerd “culture” have long been blessed with awesome characters named “Flash.” In the usual CSBG style of pentatonic lists, I will now display the absolute facts as to who is best.

5. Funky Flashman

First off, he was made by Jack Kirby, so that’s got him some cred right there.
Secondly, he’s a parody of Stan the Man after Stan totally screwed Jack over.
Thirdly, he wears a toupee on his head . . .AND ONE ON HIS FACE.
The beard is fake!
That’s so awesome that I can’t get over it.
But it’s not nearly as awesome as that cravat. Goddam, I love a good cravat.

4. Flash Gordon

Just look at that guy.
I want you to tell me right now that he won’t stone laser your face off.
You can’t tell me that because he obviously will.
His shirt’s all ripped and he is hard.
Look at those eyes.
Are they a killer’s eyes?
They are an awesome laserer’s eyes I know that much.
You only wish you had the cajones to step to a man like Flash Gordon.
You don’t.
NO ONE DOES.

Except maybe for this dude here!

3. Sgt. Flash

Awwww, yeah.
GI Joe’s original laser trooper expert.
You always knew he was cool because he had red pads and a weapon that doesn’t really make sense in any battlefield sense.
You know what I would give for slacks like that?
A few babies, that’s what (any ethnicity).
I always liked Flash, and that makes him awesome.

Almost as awesome as this man right here.

2. Flash Thompson

Look at him.
He’s got a sweet sweater with his last initial on it.
The ladies love him.
And he gives that unbelievable tool Parker just what he deserves.
And please don’t think I’m being sarcastic here.
Can you imagine having to deal with that whining ninny in high school?
I bet you can because you did.
That’s because school’s don’t have proper alpha males like Flash Thompson anymore.
Sure, Steve Ditko played him as a bad guy, but that’s because Ditko was a nerdy freak, too.
Flash Thompson is frickin cool.

And the greatest Flash of all time?

1. Slash

This guy with his name misspelled.
Seriously, screw all those red and yellow fast crapfaces.
Barry’s boring, Wally’s a former Teen Titan and therefore a giant entitled Gen X/Boomer whiner.
And Jay is old and therefore probably a Republican.
And running really fast is dumb as a power, so they give them everything else in the world.

This post is fact.

Love, 
Joe Rice

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