Yes, I'm not ashamed to admit that I even swooned over that 80's campy theatrical flick. You know the one, right? The one starring Sam J. Jones as the swashbuckling spaceman, and the deliciously evil Max von Sydow chewing up screen time as a loathsome Ming the Merciless. Melody Anderson was delightful as Dale; Topol made for a relatively typically brainy Zarkov; and Timothy Dalton and Brian Blessed sparring as Princes Barin and Vultan (respectively) only helped round out one helluva spectacle for those of us willing to suspend our disbelief and take a trip into the most kaleidoscopic version of the saga yet.
Sure, the effects were kinda cheap. Yes, it all played out like some drug-fueled children's fairy tale. But I loved it nonetheless, and I know it still brings joy to the hearts of many, many people around the globe.
Anyway, today's On This Day In Science Fiction history is up, and the birth of Flash Gordon gets the lion's share of the interest. Be sure to follow the link and check it out!