Flash Gordon 1, page 12, panels 1 and 2
I just came across the sad news that comic book artist extraordinaire, Al Williamson, passed away recently, on June 12. Al Williamson has been one of my favorite artists ever since I read Flash Gordon 5 (King, 1967). So in memory of one of the greatest of the greats, here's the cover and one of the stories from that book:
Al Williamson must have really enjoyed drawing Flash Gordon and by the effort put into it, seems to have treated it as a privilege and an honor. It's done with such care and attention to detail, almost as if in tribute to Alex Raymond, who was clearly a major influence on his style. While he worked in various genres, to me his forte and perhaps his greatest achievement was science fiction/fantasy.
Above: Flash Gordon 1 page 4 panel 1 and Flash Gordon 5 page 25 panel 3
His passing reminded me of the last page in Barry Smith's Conan the Barbarian 3, so this post will finish with that, as a kind of epitaph to the man, the artist, one of the stalwart warriors who helped establish the greatness of the sequential art medium through the beauty and grace of his own work, Al Williamson: