Flash Bash

Cast and crew re­unite for Flash Gor­don: 35th An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion

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It’s been 35 years since Sam J Jones’ saviour of the uni­verse took on Ming the Mer­ci­less, and later this month, the cast and crew are re­unit­ing at 195 Pic­cadilly, home of Bafta, to cel­e­brate Alex Ray­mond’s pulp hero. Ahead of the event we quizzed or­gan­iser and Life Af­ter Flash doc­u­men­tary maker Lisa Downs about what’s in store.

How did this 35th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion come about?

It started when I was email­ing Sam Jones about the Life Af­ter Flash doc­u­men­tary. Af­ter see­ing how he and Melody An­der­son rem­i­nisced about the film over din­ner I re­alised the chance to cap­ture the cast and crew con­nect­ing again af­ter 35 years could be re­ally mag­i­cal.

Date 28 Novem­ber


Bafta, 195 Pic­cadilly

How much of a chal­lenge has it been to put to­gether?

It’s a big chal­lenge! Peo­ple have thought this is a cor­po­rate event, with big com­pa­nies be­hind it, but it is re­ally just one fan putting it all to­gether. With this, Life Af­ter Flash in the edit and hold­ing down a full-time job my days don’t have enough hours!

What can guests ex­pect from the evening?

I want the evening to cap­ture the magic and the ex­cite­ment of when fans first saw it in the cine­mas. The mu­sic, the at­mos­phere…. We will have orig­i­nal props and cos­tumes, a Q&A af­ter the screen­ing where fans can ask ques­tions and an af­ter­party where ticket hold­ers can in­ter­act with the cast and crew, take pho­tos, chat, and we will be of­fer­ing some time for sign­ings too.

Why do you think Flash Gor­don’s pop­u­lar­ity has proved so en­dur­ing?

I think it has a lot to do with when you first see the film. Many fans we’ve en­coun­tered re­mem­ber see­ing it for the first time at eight or nine, and it trans­ported them to this mag­i­cal place, and that magic stayed with them. It’s a film un­like any other, and there will never be an­other Flash Gor­don again.

Flash Gor­don: 35th An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion takes place on 28 Novem­ber. There are plenty of “comic” cons, but of­ten comics are a small part of events dom­i­nated by film and TV. Not so at Lon­don Su­per Comic Con which puts the spot­light squarely on comic books and their cre­ators.

Launched in 2012 with the mighty Stan Lee in at­ten­dance, LSCC is now in its fifth year, and al­ready has a mas­sive num­ber of guests lined up in­clud­ing Howard Chaykin, Jill Thomp­son, Alex Maleev and John McCrea. Ex­pect more big-name guests to be an­nounced in the New Year.

As in pre­vi­ous years, deal­ers from around the world will be on hand to sell their comic-re­lated wares, ma­jor pub­lish­ers will be in at­ten­dance of­fer­ing sneak peeks of up­com­ing re­leases (and in some cases the chance to have your port­fo­lio re­viewed), there’s a size­able small-press sec­tion to meet the industry’s fu­ture stars and, as you might ex­pect, cos­play at ev­ery turn.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.lon­don­super­comic con­ven­tion.com.

Yep, Gor­don is still very much alive.

Kraven and the Lizard joined by Green T-Shirt Man.

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