The Flash Gordon released today (5/27/2012) originally ran on February 6, 2000.
One of the criticisms I got back in the day was that it was too similar to a scene from The Empire Strikes Back.
Granted it isn’t the first time someone noticed a similarity…
The similarity between Williamson’s figure of Luke and mine of Flash was actually an unconscious swipe on my part – sometimes you have strong imagery in your head for a particular shot only to realize later that the imagery is another cartoonist’s drawing that’s locked in your memory banks.
I always thought it was ironic when people said I was borrowing from Star Wars when Star Wars actually was inspired by Flash Gordon to begin with. Here’s George Lucas talking to Leonard Maltin in regards to the Flash Gordon/Star Wars connection…
After getting those criticisms I tried from that point on to veer away from scenes inspired too heavily by something I had seen or read. The last thing a reader wants is to be pulled out of a story because of a feeling of déjà vu. Looking back it was part of my writer’s learning curve.
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