Flash Gordon Francesco Marciuliano Sally Forth

Sally Forth Spotlight: Gerald

Years ago, when I was the new kid on Flash Gordon, I did a Sunday page where instead of the planet Mongo I drew upstate Minnesota – terrain and clothing.


A friend on staff at King Features, cartoonist Jerry Craft, pointed out the error of my ways – especially in the third panel where a guy with a dress shirt and sweater seems to have mistakenly wandered on to the Flash Gordon set.

Suffice it to say I tried to stay a little truer to the spirit of the strip Alex Raymond created after that.

Retelling Raymond's first story so as to brush up on the strip's basic elements.
Retelling Raymond’s first story so as to brush up on the strip’s basic elements.

Jump forward a decade or more later and I now purposely use the thought of a character mistakenly wandering on set whenever I draw Sally Forth’s Mother’s boyfriend, Gerald.


Here’s Francesco Marciuliano’s stage direction for Gerald from the September 22nd Sunday page.

“Gerald stares right at the reader with a glazed look and a slightly open mouth.”


If the panel was a sound stage I picture the director yelling, “CUT!” every time Gerald stumbles into a scene.


And last but not least…


So here’s to Gerald.
I’m not quite sure why – but neither is he…


By Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip. From 1996-2003 he was the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip. 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, and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.