|Ming the Merciless, Emperor of the planet Mongo|
You say you don't know who "Ming the Merciless" is? Then you are showing your age. You're showing how young you are.
"Ming the Merciless" was the ruler of the planet Mongo. You say you never heard of Mongo? Where have you been?
Seriously folks, Ming the Merciless is a fictional character who first appeared in the Flash Gordon comic strip (ah ha!) in 1934. Played by the actor Charles B. Middleton, he then appeared in the Flash Gordon serials of the late 1930's era. No folks, I'm not THAT old but I do remember seeing those 30's era serials on my 12 inch (don't go there) black and white Philco TV in the Fifties when I was just a young whipper snapper with my adolescent hormones beginning to kick in. Lock and load as they say.
|Flash restrained - check out those nifty shorts and Ming's look - works for me.|
Oh my, was I ever transfixed by Flash Gordon, played by Buster Crabbe. Funny thing, I look at the serial now on You Tube and see how fake it is. In fact, it is so bad it is good. Real good! This morning talking to my friend Lar on FaceTime we were both watching the first serial and getting a real hoot out of it. But oh how different it was when I was just an 11 year old back in the Fifties, wondering why my body was having this strange reaction to seeing Flash Gordon in THOSE shorts. And what really puzzled me was (for lack of a better word) bondage cum S & M undercurrent between Ming the Merciless and the (sometimes) tied up Flash Gordon. Every time one of those scenes came about I noticed a strange reaction in my nether regions that I had never experienced before. A good strange reaction.
|Me and my cat "Bobby" and the old black and white Philco TV where I used to get turned on to Flash Gordon - I think "Bobby" knew but no one else knew my "secret."|
My straight friend Lar said he used to have the same reaction when he saw pictures of pirate ladies. I too had that reaction to pirates but I got that reaction when one of the deck hands was tied up and given a few lashes for disobedience. Oh my, what WAS that feeling Ron?
My friend Lar can have his pirate ladies anytime. For me, I'll take Flash and his big....um gun. Lock and load.