The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Roots of Pop Art #11

Flash Gordon on the Planet Mongo
(Big Little Books; 1934)


Vanwall said...

Alex Raymond, the artist of the Flash Gordon strips collected here in the Big Little Book, was unequalled in his ability to convey realism, even in a fantastic setting such as Mongo, and his later strip, "Rip Kirby", was a as good a noir as any movie, with lots of blacks and grays, both in the art work and the characters.

Booksteve said...

Isn't that Flash's buddy Dr. Zarkov that he's slugging on this cover?

hcbeck said...

Hazarding a guess, the cover of the book looks like someone doing Raymond more than Raymond himself.

Always wanted to see Flash take a poke at Zarkov, at least the Zarkov of the serials, who was an utter bore.

Tom Sutpen said...

No, 'tis indeed an Alex Raymond cover.