Six Pix: Comic Strips

Six Pix presents a sextet of movie posters representing a particular actor/director/genre. You pick the one you feel is visually the most artistic or best sums up the film.

Comic strip adaptations are featured in this edition of Six Pix.

Included are: Blondie (1938); Little Annie Rooney (1925); Jungle Manhunt (1951); Flash Gordon (1980); Dick Tracy (1990); and The Spirit (2008).

The best of these give a nod back to their roots. The Spirit goes newspaper gray, keeping the noir feeling of the comic series. Blondie and Dick Tracy utilize bold primary colors (reds, greens, blues, and yellows) of the Sunday funnies page. While they both do it well, Blondie seems a bit dull compared to the Dick Tracy illustration in which the sharp contrasting colors really pop.

Which one do you think is the winner? Should I have included something else? Tell me about it below! (And please feel free to suggest future topics.)

  • Darrell

    I’ll say It’s Flash Gordon 1st. and Dick Tracy 2nd.  For sci-fi, Flash Gordon had that over the top weirdness 70′s appeal that went with the comic strip.

  • John George

    Has to be “Flash Gordon”. It just says it all….

  • Wayne P.

    Of the 3 classic era posters on top, will go with Jungle Manhunt.  Only Johnny W., as Jungle Jim and not Tarzan this time, could get away with seemingly collaring such a (fake?) wild beast!

  • Aaron

    “Flash Gordon” is a big guilty pleasure. Dumb but fun.

  • Val

    Flash Gorden…I agree with Aaron.

  • Psychoajr

    Of those to choose from, my pick is “Flash Gordon.”  But what about the “Psycho” poster?

  • Psychoajr

    Duh! “Psycho” wasn’t a comic strip. Was in another zone, thinking what poster best described a movie.  My error hit me just as I hit SEND.

  • Blair Kramer

    Am I the only one who very much liked Warren Beatty’s DICK TRACY?

  • Jack Fitzpatrick

    Dick Tracy by far.

  • Bigpurplefan

    I am picking “The Flash” poster — the question is which one best represents the cartoon and I think that one is more than just the title shot.

  • Edocg

    Stylisticly the hands on best is the Flash Gordon poster

  • Nils Goering

    Of the six posters shown, JUNGLE MANHUNT gets my vote.  In fact, most of the Weissmuller/Jungle Jim posters were colorful and exciting and promised thrills that often weren’t realized.  But, they captured the spirit of Alex Raymond’s comic strip and drew in the crowds to check out the latest JJ film adventure.  The old FLASH GORDON posters featuring Buster Crabbe are more appealing to me; however, the Sam Jones FLASH GORDON poster is very well done and is far better than the film it’s promoting.

  • T.M.

    I didn’t care for the movie that much, but “Dick Tracy” really stands out in true comic art form.

  • jumbybird

    Jungle Jim, Tracy and Flash are all good so I have to go with my original favorite, Jungle Manhunt.

  • Susanjohnston

    I would definitely vote for Flash Gordon.

  • idluv2settle

    Flash Gordon

  • Gordon S. Jackson

    Love the comic strip and love the poster – “Blondie.”