“I’m now a pretty big believer that the Riverdale gang can fit with practically any other characters and genres,” Parker said, “but it’s best when they get to really flex and go way outside their zone like say, the planet Mongo with Flash Gordon, King of the Impossible. This of course coincides with the sad passing of cinema great Max Von Sydow who was the most memorable Ming the Merciless, and wait until you see our take on the Emperor of Mongo.”
When Ming the Merciless decides to invade Earth, he sets his sights on Riverdale — bringing Flash Gordon and the Archie gang together to protect the planet. This is Parker’s second pairing with Parent, as the two previously worked on Archie Meets Batman ’66.
“I was more than thrilled to work with Jeff again,” Parent said. “And what could be better than working with a classic character like Flash Gordon? The story has so much action and fun, it really jumps off every page! As a fan of the classic comics and movie serials (and the 1980 movie which I happened to watch again before I was approached with this project), I was excited to take part in another monumental Archie team up. I’m happy to work with my pal Rich Koslowski on this, too!”
Look for the one-shot on June 3. And check out Sandy Jarrell‘s variant cover below: