Hubba! Hubba! ;-)
I've always thought Ornella Muti was unspeakably beautiful and her costumes in Flash Gordon were fantastic pulp fantasy.
Yeah, I was always more of a Princess Aura kind of guy myself, especially when compared to white-bread Dale Arden.
I'm actually tempted to track down and buy some of the old Buster Crabbe series. Especially the early stuff before they started to enforce the fraking Hays Code.
@ phf Indeed...@bliss_infinite Agreed!@ckulaik Note the ratio of Aura to Dale Arden photos in the post...@Schoolmaster Archive.org has a pretty good collection of the serials (though not all?) as free downloads. Also some early Flash Gordon comics and episodes of the 1950s TV series.http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22Flash+Gordon%22
You're missing General Kala, who happens to be a dead ringer for Kathy Marschall / Princess Vrisa Vishetru... :)Speaking of Tekumel, I think you can see where a young Phil Barker got a few ideas...
I've just received a DVD collection called "The Warriors" which is 50 movies from the 60's on 13 DVDs. Mostly pretty bad so far, but Orson Welles has been in one. I can definitely see some inspriation for Tekumel though, in some of the lavish court scenes with hundreds of extras and mixed-up historical costumes - which just ends up making them look a little more exotic.
I was digging around YouTube and rediscovered Filmation's 1979 "The New Adventures of Flash Gordon." It surprised me just how "adult" this cartoon was; Hawk Men being disintegrated by Ming's rocketships, Ming supplying superscience weapons to Hitler (the cartoon was set in 1939), harems of scantily-clad genetically modified females, Thun the Lion Man waxinging fondly on the pleasures of Lion Women.
@ Schoolmaster I loved that cartoon when I was 12, one of my all time favorites. It really influenced some of my early D&D campaigns too...
I stopped by Half-Priced Books this afternoon and checked out the video section. Sure enough they had a copy of "The New Adventures..." on DVD for $7. I snatched that up without hesitation.