Vintage Flash Gordon strip shills Union Carbide products


According to this vintage Flash Gordon strip by Alex Raymond, Union Carbide's chemical and plastic empire had already spread its sticky polymer tentacles as far as the planet Mongo by 1936. "We sure could use some rocket carloads of BAKELITE polyethylene in Frigia, Flash," Ronal casually remarks to the shirtless beefcake during an exciting escape from a patrol of murderous alien giants. An ironic wish, considering the fact that Union Carbide was eventually to be forced off of Mongo after what is commonly referred to as the Frigian Catastrophe, a thermonuclear explosion of BAKELITE brand rocket car fuel that was, in itself, a dire foreshadowing of Earth's own 1984 Bhopal Disaster.

Product Placement, Flash Style [Core77, strip via io9]

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