First met Pat Lowery freshman year of the Joe Kubert School back in 1986. We were roommates in an apartment over a bar in Dover, New Jersey — He got me a part-time gig when I was first starting out (in the Empire State building no less) — And New Year’s Eve 1992 (along with fellow Kubert School alum Mark McMurray) we celebrated in Times Square.
Since then he’s worked on such film franchises as Star Wars, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings – and as a major name drop, has worked for legendary stop-motion animator Phil Tippett.
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.
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
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)
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…
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)
Unabashed plug time!
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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?!
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?
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.