Jetpacks, androids, and the future that never came

Dude, where's my flying car?! We look at 11 venerated visions of future technology that totally missed the mark.

Flash Gordon



One of the first comic-book heroes to appear in a live-action film, Flash Gordon was played by a dyed-blond Buster Crabbe (who also did time as Buck Rogers, as a brunet) in a series of movies released between 1936 and 1940. Though the cockpit and costumes don't look terribly futuristic, audiences obviously though highly of them in the era before computer graphics. This and other still photos from the series are included in a coffee-table book, The Flash Gordon Serials, 1936-1940: A Heavily Illustrated Guide, by Roy Kinnard, Tony Crnkovich, and R.J. Vitone.

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