, a unit of Hearst and home to some of the world’s most popular entertainment characters, has announced a master publishing partnership with Mad Cave Studios to develop a full line of new narratives, comics reprints and graphic novels starring its hero,
. The initial Flash Gordon stories are slated to be released in 2024.
Flash Gordon, an American comic strip created and originally drawn by Alex Raymond, has become a symbol of space adventures and heroic exploits. Since its debut in 1934, Flash Gordon has captured the imagination of readers worldwide with its dynamic storytelling, captivating artwork and memorable characters.
King Features and Mad Cave Studios will bring new and original Flash Gordon content to eager fans and ensure the preservation and availability of timeless classics.
Additionally, through their middle-grade imprint, Papercutz, Mad Cave Studios will look to introduce Flash Gordon to the next generation through a young readers program.
“As one of the first action heroes, Flash Gordon has always been a powerhouse in the comics universe,” says Christina Nix Lynch, licensing director, King Features. “We’re delighted to have a partner like Mad Cave Studios on board, who are true Flash fans as well as publishing experts. This program will bring a long-awaited, regular stream of new and legacy content to generations of readers.”
“From the incredible art of Alex Raymond to the adventures of the ‘Defenders of the Earth,’ and on to the cult classic Sam Jones-led film, Flash Gordon is an integral part of both the history of comics and the actual DNA of storytelling,” says Mark Irwin, senior vice president, Mad Cave. “Mad Cave and King Features are not only happy to be working together to bring Flash to our readers but also to grow the Flash Gordon legacy.”
“We are thrilled to announce the official partnership between Mad Cave Studios and King Features in publishing Flash Gordon comics and graphic novels,” says Allison Pond, chief marketing officer, Mad Cave Studios. “We are honored to collaborate with King Features to continue the legacy of this iconic series and deliver exciting adventures to readers of all ages.”
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