Errol’s Influence in Comics and on Comic creators

27 Jan

The first image is by Alex Toth,who would base his main character Jesse Bravo’s look in Bravo For Adventure off of Errol’s handsome self, and go on to base the looks of other characters he authored in Flynn’s likeness,including the infamous “Zorro”. Below that are two pieces of work by Flash Gordon’s creator Alex Raymond,with one being that of Captain Sudin (a high ranking member of Emperor Ming’s empire who would join the freemen against Ming), and the other is a poster Alex Raymond drew for Captain Blood.Last is a page from Mike Grell’s story Green Arrow:The longbow hunters,which would feature many images and references to Flynn,and a cameo by Howard Hill.

— Smordon Cluce


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  1. shangheinz

    January 30, 2023 at 10:07 am


    So true SC. From Archer&Armstrong No.15

    • Smordon Cluce

      January 30, 2023 at 7:24 pm

      Nice! I’m a dc fan, but I also read dynamite and the old comics by people like Toth and Raymond. I don’t know much about Marvel. References to Errol as I’m generally not a fan, but there is bound to be plenty :)

      • shangheinz

        January 31, 2023 at 6:24 pm


        Oh, Stan Lee found Erro Flynn marvel-ous:…

        • Smordon Cluce

          January 31, 2023 at 7:26 pm

          I did not know that. An interesting rabbit hole :) Fandral makes me want to try reading the old Thor comics. A Flynn-inspired character drawn by Kirby sounds like a good combo.

          • shangheinz

            February 1, 2023 at 8:47 am


            SC, there is more to Lee:…

            • Smordon Cluce

              February 2, 2023 at 10:13 am

              I did not know that many marvel characters were influenced by Errol.

              • shangheinz

                February 7, 2023 at 7:45 pm


                Flynn fan Stan Lee for sure was an avid comic reader in his adolence. In 1947 for example a Robin Hood issue for Knockout Comics was released containing some unfilmed scenes from the script.