Flash Gordon John Totleben Steve Bissette

Flash Gordon – after Moore, Bissette & Totleben

Today’s Flash Gordon (June 7, 2015) originally appeared February 16, 2003.

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The third panel in the top row shows a progression of Flash’s scream as reflected in the creature’s eyes.


To give credit where credit is due, this echoes a scene from Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben’s classic “Anatomy Lesson” story from Swamp Thing #21 (February 1984).

In it, General Sunderland is confronted by the Swamp Thing after it has just discovered the truth of its origin – and its hopes of ever becoming human again have been dashed forever.


Notice the reflection in the metal spheres of the Newton’s cradle.


buy neurontin canada That is the kind of stellar storytelling – that comic art excels in – that leapt out of the pages of Swamp Thing month after month in the mid-eighties. One of those high bars that never ceases to inspire.

If you haven’t yet read Moore, Bissette and Totleben’s Swamp Thing,
I recommend it highly. Here’s a link.


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.