Friday, June 18, 2010

Design of the Week--Flesh (NOT Flash) Gordon!

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
This week, a classic design from a most unexpected source...
The storyline of Flesh Gordon is familiar to anyone who has seen Flash Gordon films, but with a generally campy, sexual flavor, to it.
Shot in the early 1970s as an "X" rated movie, the film's sexual content was toned down to achieve an "R" rating and play to a larger audience. It became a Midnight Movie smash in the 1980s-90s and is now a popular DVD rental!
There was also a direct-to video sequel in the late 1980s. It's nowhere near as good (or funny)!

The plot involves planet Porno's Emperor Wang aiming a "Sex Ray" at Earth.
The poplulation of Earth becomes sexually-obsessed, and it's up to Gordon to stop the rays.
The film uses nudity whenever possible, and the scenes are shot in a visual style nearly identical to the original Flash Gordon serials, including spaceships with sparklers in their rears and (deliberately) crudely animated laser blasts!
A towering, demonic-looking stop-motion animated creature, the Great God Porno,voiced by Craig T. Nelson (yes, THAT Craig T. Nelson!), steals the show with his brief appearance, muttering all manner of obscenities in a very un-monster-like velvety voice.

Production design, makeup,  and special effects were handled by a number of up-and-coming artists including John Dykstra, Greg Jein, Mike Minor, and Rick Baker, who would go on to win Oscars and Emmys for their work on big-budget sci-fi / fantasy projects including Star Trek, Star Wars, and BattleStar Galactica!

The kool poster art is by noted comic book artist George Barr.

In truth, I did this one because I wanted a shirt for myself and wasn't planning on marketing it, but when friends started asking for it, I felt it was worth doing for both them and you faithful fans!
(If it sells well enough, I'll move it to my Seduction of the Innocent™ collection)

Wear the shirt that'll make people do a double-take!
Wear Flesh (NOT Flash) Gordon!

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Thanx for posting!