Flash Gordon – Queen Aura

Today’s Flash Gordon strip (2/8/2015) originally ran on October 20, 2002.
(Click on artwork to see larger.)

2002.10.20


The aspect I really had fun with in this storyline was bringing back Aura’s devilish side.

To give some context, here’s how Aura was portrayed by Alex Raymond in 1941 in a storyline after Ming had been deposed as Mongo’s ruler.

1941.06.22


Compare that to this excerpt from 1935…

1935.12.15

And make sure to click on the black and white of Raymond’s artwork so you can zoom in and really see the lush line work he employed. In most reproductions of Raymond’s work the printing usually misses out on this.

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A quick mention also that my version of Aura is greatly influenced by Stan Drake and his work on “The Heart of juliet Jones”. He could draw beautiful women like nobody’s business. For comparison, here’s a pic of Aura I drew followed by some Stan Drake strips featuring Juliet’s younger sister, Eve.

Aura

(Click on Stan Drake strips to see larger.)

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1954.03.10

1954.03.29


For more of Stan Drake’s work I highly recommend the Juliet Jones collections put out by Classic Comic Press.

JulietJones


All for now – deadlines are looming…

About Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip, he is also the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip - both available at ComicsKingdom.com. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, The University of Minnesota and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
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