Nightfall on Mongo was officially my second story on Flash Gordon and I opted for werewolves as being the antagonists. I mean, who doesn’t like werewolves, right?
Flash comes upon Thorne, the wounded survivor of a downed spaceship.
One thing in this story that sticks out like a sore thumb to me is that the environment and wardrobe in no way looks like an alien world. Flash might as well be in upstate Minnesota. Also, I tried to modify the look of a helicopter to look like a small spacecraft by taking off the propellers – instead it just ended up looking like a helicopter without propellers…
Realizing I needed some strong feedback to strengthen my work, I sent pages to a couple of syndicated artists I was corresponding with at the time – George Evans and Bud Blake. Shown below are the critiques I got.
As far as critiques go friends and family tend to pull punches, professionals get the job done. I can’t stress enough how invaluable their input was. That Evans and Blake actually took the time to sketch up short tutorials was beyond generous – especially with the ever present syndicate deadlines they were under.
As far as my learning curve went, the next story I did I purposely retold Flash Gordon’s origin in order to give myself a refresher course on all things Mongo-esque…
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