Dale Arden

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Dale Arden
Dale Arden (1980).jpg
Dale Arden as portrayed by Melody Anderson in the 1980 film
Publication information
Publisher King Features Syndicate
Created by Alex Raymond
In-story information
Supporting character of Flash Gordon

Dale Arden is a fictional character, the fellow adventurer and love interest of Flash Gordon and a prototypic heroine for later female characters, including Princess Leia Organa and Padme Amidala in Star Wars.[1][2] Flash, Dale and Dr. Hans Zarkov fight together against Ming the Merciless.

Profile[edit]

Dale is Flash Gordon's constant companion in his adventures, as well as his one true love. The emperor Ming the Merciless is immediately attracted to her and the early strips were basically based on Flash’s heroic efforts to rescue Dale from Ming's many attempts to marry her.[3]

Filmation’s Flash Gordon’s Bible portrayed Dale Arden as follows:

All errant knights have their true love, and in Flash's case it's Dale – beautiful, independent and capable. In most circumstances, Dale is well able to take care of herself and is an ideal companion for the adventuring Flash. Which is not to say that she is unfeminine. Ming was only the first of Mongo's heroic – though, in his case, absolutely evil – rulers who have sought Dale Arden as their Queen. Dale is sensitive, warm and compassionate – traits which occasionally lead her to trust the wrong person. Where Flash would gladly lay down his life to save her, Dale would do likewise. And the two of them, united, can face any peril that Mongo has to offer.

Alex Raymond's Comic Strip[edit]

Dale Arden is introduced in the first Flash Gordon story, 7th July 1934, as simply "a passenger" on the plane Flash is flying on.[3] After the plane is hit by a meteor, Flash saves Dale by parachuting to the ground. The two are then abducted by Dr. Zarkov, who takes them on his rocket to the planet Mongo.[3] In the 1930s comic strips, Dale often comes into conflict with other female characters who desire Flash romantically (such as Princess Aura and Queen Azura).[3]

Comic Books[edit]

In the 2011 Dynamite Comics Flash Gordon:Zeitgeist, Dale Arden is a cartographer and researcher for the State Department in 1934.[4] As Raymond's original story, she and Flash are abducted by Zarkov and brought to Mongo.[4] In the later Dynamite Comics Flash Gordon series, Dale Arden is a modern-day science journalist with a special interest in the space program, as well as a feminist.[5] She travels with Zarkov and Flash on the former's Z-Plane to Mongo.[5]

Dale Arden in other media[edit]

Parodies[edit]

  • In the 1974 adult film spoof Flesh Gordon, the character is renamed Dale Ardor and is portrayed by Cindy Hopkins, aka Suzanne Fields.[17]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ostwalt, Conrad Eugene; Martin, Joel W. (1995). Screening the sacred: religion, myth, and ideology in popular American film. Boulder, Colo: Westview Press. p. 76. ISBN 0-8133-8830-9. 
  2. ^ Tasker, Yvonne (1998). Working girls: gender and sexuality in popular cinema. New York: Routledge. p. 82. ISBN 0-415-14005-6. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Flash Gordon", in Guy Haley, Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy's Greatest Science Fiction.Richmond Hill, Ontario: Firefly Books, 2014. ISBN 9781770852648. (p69-70)
  4. ^ a b Eric S Trautmann, Daniel Indro; Ron Adrian Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist. Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, 2012. ISBN 9781606903339
  5. ^ a b Jeff Parker, Evan Shaner and Jordie Bellaire, Flash Gordon #1 Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, 2012. April 2014.
  6. ^ Dunning, pp. 255–56
  7. ^ Cline, William R. (1997). In the nick of time: motion picture sound serials. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland. p. 94. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 
  8. ^ Medved, Harry (2004). The Hollywood Guide to the Great Outdoors: Southern California: Walks, Hikes, and Adventures that Put You into the Locations of Your Favorite Films. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. p. 129. ISBN 0-312-30856-6. 
  9. ^ Gil Kane; Michael Eury; Murphy Anderson (2002). Captain Action: The Original Super-Hero Action Figure. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 73. ISBN 1-893905-17-9. 
  10. ^ Terrace, p. 46
  11. ^ Giovanni Scognamillo and Metin Demirhan, Fantastik Türk sineması. İstanbul: Kabalcı Yayınevi, 1999. ISBN 975824020X (p. 37)
  12. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2002). Crime fighting heroes of television: over 10, 000 facts from 151 shows, 1949–2001. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co. p. 68. ISBN 0-7864-1395-6. 
  13. ^ George W. Woolery. Animated TV specials: the complete directory to the first twenty-five years, 1962-1987. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 9780810821989 (p. 193).
  14. ^ Julius, Marshall (1996). Action!: the action movie A-Z. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. p. 81. ISBN 0-253-21091-7. 
  15. ^ Roy Kinnard; Tony Crnkovich; R J Vitone, The Flash Gordon serials, 1936-1940: a heavily illustrated guide. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2008. ISBN 9780786434701 (p.196-8)
  16. ^ "Flash Gordon – TV – review – New York Times". The New York Times. 2007-08-10. Archived from the original on 2008-08-24. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  17. ^ "Series/Festivals – Movies – Riverfront Timespage 1 – Riverfront Times". 2002-09-04. Archived from the original on 2008-08-24. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 

References[edit]

  • Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-time Radio. Oxford University Press US. ISBN 0-19-507678-8.
  • Terrace, Vincent (2002). Crime Fighting Heroes of Television: Over 10,000 Facts from 151 Shows, 1949–2001. McFarland & Company. ISBN 0-7864-1395-6.