As mentioned in a previous post, the inspiration for King Vultan’s headstrong daughter Princess Tyree was Tionne Watkins – or T-Boz from TLC.
Artwork from the August 20, 2000 Flash Gordon Sunday page.
Thinking back, she wasn’t the first celebrity I had used for inspiration when it came to Flash Gordon supporting characters. When Flash needed help fighting werewolves, Kurt Russell was called in, cast as Thorne.
Kurt Russell – The Thing (1982)
Artwork from the June 23, 1996 Flash Gordon Sunday page.
Artwork from the August 4, 1996 Flash Gordon Sunday page.
I brought him back a few times after that to team up with Flash. He ultimately met his demise due to a crooked arms dealer who had sabotaged their equipment…
Artwork from the June 21, 1998 Flash Gordon Sunday page.
Before Tionne Watkins, there was Tisha Campbell as the strong-willed hawkwoman, Teesha. See how I cleverly changed the name so it wouldn’t be obvious?
Tisha Campbell circa 1990s.
Artwork from the January 26, 1997 Flash Gordon Sunday.
This last likeness wasn’t for the strip, but a request to weatherman Al Roker.
Back in 1998 the New York Daily News had dropped a bunch of their adventure strips, including Flash Gordon. As Al Roker was known for being a staunch supporter of the comics (having wanted to be a cartoonist when he was younger) I alerted him of the Daily News dumping Flash – and he generously wrote a nice piece on his blog lending his support.
Here’s the art I sent him (pre-weightloss I might add)…
That’s all I can think of for now as far as celebrities go. Friends and family making cameos are another matter – but that’ll have to wait…
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