Ten Valuable Flash Gordon Collectibles

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Valuable Flash Gordon collectibles include movie posters, original comic art, pulp magazines, lobby cards, Big Little Books, gum cards, comic books and paint books.

Flash Gordon was the creation of American cartoonist Alex Raymond (1909-1956). Flash Gordon made his debut as a newspaper comic strip via King Features Syndicate on January 7, 1934. The character later branched out into other media, including radio, movie serials, comic books, television and feature length films.

Here are ten valuable Flash Gordon collectibles. And yes, some of them are out-of-this-world expensive...

Alex Raymond Flash Gordon Original Full-Page Comic Art

Original comic art represents the Holy Grail for collectors. Alex Raymond created this full-page original art dated May 26, 1935, in full-page 18x28-inch format for the Sunday newspaper strip. Featuring the Witch Queen story, this original strip in excellent condition brought $68,712.50 at auction.

Flash Gordon 1935 original comic art $68,712.50

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) Three Sheet Movie Poster

Larry "Buster" Crabbe stars as Flash Gordon in this 12-chapter movie serial released by Universal Pictures in 1940. A big three sheet poster (41x81-inches) in near fine condition sold at auction for $1,075.50.

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) three sheet poster $1,075.50

Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) Lobby Card

Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon), Beatrice Roberts (Queen Azura) and Charles Middleton (Emperor Ming) star in this 12-chapter movie serial released in 1938. A lobby card for chapter 12 Ming the Merciless in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $836.50.

Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) lobby card $836.50

Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) One Sheet Movie Poster

Universal Pictures' Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars featured Buster Crabbe in the title role and Jean Rogers as Flash's love interest Dale Arden. A one sheet poster (27x41-inches) from chapter 10 Incense of Forgetfulness in fine condition and preserved on linen blasted to a top bid of $5,377.50.

Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) one sheet poster $5,377.50

Flash Gordon Strange Adventure Magazine

CJH Publications produced this 10 cent pulp magazine in 1936. The featured novel is "The Master of Mars" by Fred Meagher. Many of the old pulp magazines were consumed in the great paper drives of World War II. This pulp in good condition brought $227.05 at auction.

Flash Gordon 1936 pulp magazine $227.05

Flash Gordon Big Little Books

Whitman's Big Little Books were popular in the 1930s and '40s. Three Flash Gordon Titles from the 1940s – Flash Gordon and the Perils of Mongo (#1423), Flash Gordon in the Jungles of Mongo (#1424) and Flash Gordon in the Ice World of Mongo (#1443) – in overall fine condition sold for $89.63 at auction.

Flash Gordon 1940s collection of three Big Little Books $89.63

Flash Gordon 1965 Topps Test Set Cards

The Topps Chewing Gum Co. issued a rare Flash Gordon test card set in 1965. As the name implies, the cards were "test marketed" in limited areas. Cards #17 ("Air Battle") and #23 ("Final Encounter") in graded PSA near mint 7 condition brought $155.35 at auction.

Flash Gordon test set cards $155.35

Flash Gordon Dell Four Color Comic Book #84

Dell published this Flash Gordon #84 comic book in 1945 featuring Alex Raymond artwork. One copy in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $143.40.

Flash Gordon 1945 Dell Four Color comic $143.40

Flash Gordon (1980) Insert Movie Poster

In 1980 Dino De Laurentiis and Universal Pictures released Flash Gordon as a feature length film starring Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max Von Sydow, Topol, Ornella Muti and Timothy Dalton. An insert movie poster (14x36-inches) designed by noted illustrator Richard Amsel in very fine+ condition brought a top bid of $89.63 at auction.

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