Flash Gordon by Mark McMurray – 11/24/02

Today’s Flash Gordon strip (3/15/2015) originally ran on November 24, 2002.
The art assist is by Mark McMurray.

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Process

Shown below is my script followed by Mark’s pencils then my inks.
Side note: Mark was always gracious enough to give me free reign if I wanted to alter anything in regards to inking.


Flash Gordon 11/24: script

Panel 1

    Direction:
    Wide angle shot of mayhem. Creature’s feet shown crashing down, just missing Flash – but severing chain.

    Dialogue:
    Text Box: As the monster bucks wildly at its bonds – Flash is freed!

Panel 2

    Direction:
    Thun and Vultan keeping creature at bay with chains. Think “Valley of the Gwangi” where the cowboys have the dinosaur at bay with their lassos.

    Dialogue:
    Thun: We can’t hold him for long…get moving! SAVE DALE!

Panel 3

    Direction:
    Ming’s vantage point (from throne) of Flash running towards Dale.
    Other people are in spectator’s booth with Ming – but need not be in shot.

    Dialogue:
    Ming: A valiant effort, Gordon – but futile…

Panel 4

    Direction:
    Flash grasping in futility at Dale’s chains.
    Looking over shoulder to see gate (opposite end of arena) beginning to open.
    Creature (in shadow) can be partly seen behind gate.

    Dialogue:
    Flash: The chains are too strong…
    THERE’S NO WAY I CAN BREAK YOU FREE!

    Sound effect (creature): RRRRRRRAAAAAHHH!

    Text Box (lower right hand corner): To be continued!


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For more of Mark’s work check out his website at: joikmeister.livejournal.com

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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