'Flash Gordon' Returning for 40th Anniversary Celebration

Flash Gordon 40th Anniversary Poster
Four decades after Sam Jones first played the science fiction hero, King Features Syndicate is planning a push to bring the character back in a big way.

Next month sees the 40th anniversary of Flash Gordon, the big screen adaptation of the iconic King Features Syndicate sci-fi hero starring Sam Jones and featuring music by Queen — and to celebrate the occasion, the man who only has 14 hours to save the world is back in a big way.

Firstly, Universal Pictures and Fathom Events will be screening the movie in 330 locations across the U.S. on Nov. 15, 16 and 18, with the screenings featuring a new on-screen introduction from Jones, as well as the world premieres of two all-new Flash Gordon projects from King Features: Flash Forward, and A Minute to Save The World.

Flash Forward, which officially debuted Sunday, is a new comic strip anthology featuring 40 artists and illustrators telling Flash Gordon stories in their own style, with contributors including Pia Guerra (Y: The Last Man and political cartoons for The New York Times and The Washington Post), Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Dracula, Motherf***er), and Liniers (Macanudo).

Additionally, Flash Gordon: A Minute to Save The World is the first motion comic to feature the character, with the first five 60-second episodes debuting at the Flash Gordon theatrical screenings. For those not attending, the series— produced by King Features Syndicate and drawn by David Reddick — will be serialized online via the Comics Kingdom YouTube channel, starting Nov. 15.

That’s just the start of a new promotional push for Flash Gordon in the upcoming months; further product, including a board game, prints, and action figures based on the franchise, as well as a redesign of the character and Titan Books’ Dec. 1 release of Flash Gordon: The Official Story of The Film, celebrating the anniversary of the movie.