Paul Di Filippo (pgdf) wrote in theinferior4,
Paul Di Filippo

Naughty Raymond

Long before Lara Croft existed as an exemplar of a female adventurer, we had Dale Arden, girlfriend to Flash Gordon.

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Although often in peril, Dale was no coward, wimp or shrinking violet. She accompanied Flash bravely on all his adventures, often saving the day.

And never looking less than sexy, as she flowed from the incomparable brush of Alex Raymond.

Surely over the decades, hundreds of thousands of boys and men fell in love with Dale, and--as men will--imagined her in even less clothing than Raymond frequently attired her in.

I doubt Raymond ever drew Dale nude, but here's the next-best thing: a different nude woman from his pen

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This image derives from BLUE BOOK magazine dated February 1937. And although the credit line goes to "Alec Raymond," it's impossible for anyone who has ever seen a single panel of FLASH GORDON to doubt this to be the work of Alex Raymond.

And in fact, the stimulating essay linked-to below mentions Raymond's work for BLUE BOOK, as well as featuring more great artwork.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if Craig Yoe features work by Raymond in his forthcoming book:

Amazon link:

Posted by Paul DiFi.
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