Debuting all the way back in 1929, ‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’ told the story of a young astronaut who is thrown into suspended animation and awakened in the far-flung future year 2429.  His success spurred King Features Syndicate to create a competing story, where polo player Flash  Gordon was transported to the strange world of Mongo, battling the wicked forces of Ming the Merciless.  Both characters are pew-pew space men in the rockets-and-rayguns mold, but only one got a kick-butt theme song by Queen.  The question of Flash or Buck is a difficult one for a number of reasons, especially for 80s kids who remember Gil Gerard and Sam J. Jones trying to get some of that sweet, sweet ‘Star Wars’ money, leading to today’s syndicated query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has finally come to terms with people who think that Flash Gordon is the fast guy from the Justice League, asking: When it comes to your 30s-era space opera, are your in the camp of Flash or Buck?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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