Last time, when discussing Spacemen Magazine, The Mayhem mentioned doing the presentation art for the Flash Gordon show of a couple of' years back. What he didn't tell you was that the original pitch was a role inversion version of Flash -- Flash and Zarkoff were women and Dale was a man!
Here's a look at a couple of pieces done by The Masked One, though his buds Rick Hoberg and the late, badly missed, Dave Simons helped out on some of the other art.
Above: The Mandatory Glamour shot.
Above: Flash and Zarkoff in full on female mode.
Above: This Sharkmen Piece was colored directly over Will's -- er, The Mayhem's sketchbook rough.
The initial pitch for the show went well enough to keep it alive, but about a month later, it was requested that the art be modified to show the team with their traditional gender assignments. After a long-houred weekend, Flash was a boy, Dale was a girl, and Zarkoff was, well... Zarkoff.
And here's a clip from the show:
And here's a clip from the original Flash Gordon serial:
As always, the images and movies are copyright by their respective rights holders and the Masked Mayhem and related text and images are copyright Will Meugniot 2010.
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