Jan 13

That organ sonata makes me so ANGRYClick for larger image

Ryan Comments: Flash wanted to check just exactly how far he should trust Captain Redtights.

Published 1974

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 6.33 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “The Plague of Sound”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    When Flash tells you to “Zarkov!” you know about it.

  2. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Dale said: “Flash! Stop trying to shoot musical notes!”

    Are either of the guys with beards Dr. Zarkov? There are too many guys with beards in the Flash Gordon universe.

    Looks like a city collapsing in the background: is it the plague of sound, or the usual shoddy Mongo architecture? (Ming gets all sorts of kickbacks from the construction industry).

  3. THX 1139 Says:

    @Bruce: Both the guys with beards are Zarkov. “You’ll never play Louie Louie again, goddammit!”

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    Was Flash always so baggy in the pants department? I’ve always imagined him as more of a tight trousers kinda guy.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    Andrew Lloyd Webber has that effect on me as well.

  6. fred Says:

    How do you pronounce Fl’ash?

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    @Fred: the convention has been, for the last twenty years, that skiffy names with apostrophes to make them look futuristic should pronounce the apostrophe as ‘boing’.

    So, ‘F-boing-lash’

  8. fred Says:

    @Tat: Thanks. That sounds like a jokey Batman villain from the ’60’s. Somebody with a a whip and springs on his feet.

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    But I thought in space no one can hear you scream?

    Mr. Beard-Wielding has one Mighty Wurlitzer there. In 1974, my uncle had one that looked just like it, except with only one keyboard and row of effects tabs.

    “The Plague of Sound” seems a rude thing to call the Queen soundtrack to Fl’ash. FLASH! Aaaa-aaa!

    Obligatory: GORDON’S ALIVE!

    @Bruce: GSS.

  10. THX 1139 Says:

    The soundtrack album to Flash Gordon is the only Queen album I own. True story.

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: Thank you! I’ll be here all night. (Rocky Mountain time, admittedly).

  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    The crowd is ugly at the Emerson Lake & Palmer concert

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Do you hear me? For the last time, we’re calling the band “The Plague of Sound,” not “Zarkhov and the Mellotones”!

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Francis Boyle: tight pants can be time-consuming to remove, and in the disease-ridden jungles of Mongo, when you gotta go, you gotta go.

    My first encounter with Flash was the Filmation cartoon. Speaking of plagues of sound, I still get a nostalgic buzz from the (often recycled) music and sound effects from those SFnal Filmation cartoons. [1]

    [1] Lest we forget, they also played a major role in the original Star Trek cartoon, for which I forgive them many of their sins.

  15. THX 1139 Says:

    @Bruce: Don’t forget the Space Sentinels!

  16. Gazzh Says:

    Play him off, keyboard Affleck

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I want to read the book we’ve conjured up from this cover. Probably better than the original, and certainly funnier.

  18. A. R. Yngve Says:

    After the Zarkov-tossing atrocity, the Minikin People became Flash Gordon’s sworn enemies. The Minikins would never rest until their two crushed brethren had been avenged…

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