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Mariangela Melato Dies

Mariangela Melato Dies

General KalaThere’s been sad news this week, with the news that Italian actress Mariangela Melato – best known to us for her portrayal of General Kala in Dino De Laurentiis’ Flash Gordon – has died as a result of pancreatic cancer aged 71. As The Guardian‘s own obituary puts it:

She won international cult status for three films directed by Lina Wertmüller in which she co-starred with Giancarlo Giannini: The Seduction of Mimi (1972), Love and Anarchy (1973) and Swept Away (1974), in all of which the controversial Wertmüller mixed sex and politics.

Having known so little about her work, I am in no way qualified to write my own obituary – but I’m sure that I’m not alone in being saddened by the loss of an actress who left us such a thoroughly iconic performance. After all, who out there doesn’t know the line:
“What do you mean, Flash Gordon approaching?”

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Gordon’s Alive!

Gordon’s Alive!

I’m predictably late on this update, so those of you who have a local comics shop may already be aware of the revival of raypunk icon, Flash Gordon. Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist is a series which started in November on the Dynamite Entertainment publishing label, with Eric Trautmann, Alex Ross and Daniel Lindro at the helm. Trautmann is perhaps best known to you – as he is me – for writing the Halo story bible, thus contributing to the game’s printed art book as well.

The announcement came with a series of variant cover artworks, which are included in a gallery below. It’s evident that Zeitgeist’s storyline involves a certain Austrian dictator, but as of yet I’ve been unable to read the comics for myself.

Issue 4 is the most recent at the time of writing, and the Zeitgeist series rounds off an impressive raypunk trio at Dynamite, since they also publish Dan Dare and Buck Rogers.

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