DescriptionFlash Gordon's Trip to Mars (Universal, 1938). Folded, Fine+. Stock One Sheet (27" X 41"). After the enormous success of Universal's Flash Gordon serial, released in 1936, the studio quickly decided to bring Alex Raymond's famous comic strip character back to the screen in a sequel reuniting Buster Crabbe as Flash, Jean Rogers as Dale Arden, Frank Shannon as Dr. Hans Zarkov, and Charles Middleton as the very embodiment of evil, Ming the Merciless. This time, Flash and crew traveled to Mars to oppose the wicked Queen Azura (Beatrice Roberts), who allies with Ming to conquer the Earth. Based on the 1936 Big Little Book adaptation of Raymond's story, Flash Gordon and the Witch Queen of Mongo, Universal raised the budget and improved upon the already excellent first serial in nearly every way. In the 1930s Universal would often produce a full-color stock sheet, which could be sold to the exhibitor instead of the duotone chapter sheets produced for each chapter. Not surprisingly, paper from these serials is avidly sought after, particularly the very rare and dynamic color stock sheets. We are aware that only a tiny handful of these stock sheets have survived. The poster displays some pinholes in the corners, some extending into the image. Also, there is an extra fold in the poster, as well as some border wear.
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