Camera-ready comic art drawing for Flash Gordon

Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink drawing produced for the Flash Gordon Sunday edition comic strip, shows Flash earning his freedom by fighting to the death with the evil character Hafn. However, when Flash realizes he's won the battle, he refuses to actually kill the villain.
Mac Raboy (1914-1967) was a comic artist who began his career as an artist for the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression. He started drawing for comic books in the 1940s and earned acclaim for his illustrations for Captain Marvel, Jr. and the Green Lama. In 1948 Raboy was hired by King Features to continue illustrating the Sunday strip for Flash Gordon, which he did until his death.
Flash Gordon (1940-1993, dailies, 1934-2003, Sundays) told the tale of a well-educated young man turned space adventurer. Created by Alex Raymond, the strip competed with the popular Buck Rogers. Flash and his friends, including the slightly unhinged Dr. Zarkov, shared in adventures and came to grips with chaos on the planet Mongo. Over the course of their journeys Flash and his friends traveled to an assortment of other worlds. The comic strip inspired spin-offs in film, television, and radio.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Object Type
date made
graphic artist
Raboy, Mac
issuing authority
King Features Syndicate
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 38.3 cm x 56.1 cm; 15 1/16 in x 22 1/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Space Travel
Cultures & Communities
Popular Entertainment
Comic Art
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Comic Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Newspaper Comics Council, Inc., New York, NY

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