Flash Gordon is the prototype for modern science fantasy. Buck Rogers came before him, but Alex Raymond's classically trained artwork and tight, cliffhanger endings made his Flash Gordon strip a cut above, and laid the groundwork for so much of what we consider to be conventional in sci fi and comic book storytelling. The inspiration of Edgar Rice Burroughs is certainly obvious in Flash's story (earthman finds himself stranded on a strange planet (in this case, Mongo), finds that he is an exceptional individual among the natives, and travels the whole planet and encounters exotic people, places, and beasts. The fact that Flash Gordon was also translated into one of the better movie serials doesn't hurt either...Buster Crabbe made the perfect bland hero, and Charles Middleton was fantastic as the devilish Emperor Ming. Michael Hodges' 1980 cheesefest was not without it's charm (Max Von Sydow was awesome as Ming), but wasn't quite as fun as it should have been, obviously making fun of the source material.
These customs were made two years ago. Ming is my favorite out of the bunch, and the rocketship was sort of my first full fledged foray into making a vehicle...it's made from two huge juice bottles, a funnel, and some styrene. In the last picture, you can see that I painted the fins red to jazz it up a bit. Unfortunately, the rocket did not survive my cross-country move. Not my best customs, but I enjoyed making them, and I wanted to include them here for completeness sake.