We thought you'd love this captivating piece of Americana (video link below), starring Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon as he goes up against the Emperor Ming to solve the mystery of the Purple Death, an electric dust that has struck Earth and leaves only a mark on the victims forehead.
In the original 1934 series, the story begins with Earth bombarded by fiery meteors. Dr. Zarkov (left with Buster Crabbe as Flash) intuits the meteors are from outer space, and invents a rocketship to locate their place of origin. Half mad, he kidnaps Flash and Dale, and the three travel to the planet Mongo, where they discover that the meteors are actually alien weapons devised by Ming the Merciless, evil ruler of the planet Mongo.
After years of adventures on Mongo, with only a short break during World War II to fight the Red Sword invaders back on Earth, the three heroes begin to travel to other planets, with Earth their home base. Flash joins the World Space Council as a pilot and explorer. The long story of the Skorpii War takes Flash to other solar systems, using starships that travel faster than the speed of light, with frequent return to Mongo, where Ming has been overthrown and Prince Barin, married to Ming's daughter Princess Aura, has established a peaceful rule.