Legendary artist Alex Raymond (1909-56), who had ghosted work for several cartoonists, most notably for Lyman Young’s Tim Tyler’s Luck and Chic Young’s Blondie, convinced King Features Syndicate chief Joe Connolly that he could create a space strip better than Buck Rogers with Flash Gordon, and, on 7 January 1934, he proved himself. Flash Gordon launched that day and instantly became a star in the KFS universe with Raymond as one of King’s stellar creators. That he added the Big Game Hunter adventures of Jungle Jim atop the Sunday Flash Gordon was a brilliant move, creating even more engaging entertainment for newspaper readers.
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