You’re reading The Complete Infinite Crisis, a Comprehensive and Encyclopedic look through the universe-changing superhero event published by DC from 2005 to 2006. Shelfdust are proud to provide a complete overview of the story, and everything that happens in it. We’ve had to get some experts in though – there’s so much going on that needs to be explained!
If you’re a fan of DC Comics then you’ll have heard of Mongo, of course. One of the most famous named planets in the history of science fiction, everybody who has read Green Lantern will know all about Mongo. But just in case they don’t – David Gallaher! Explain the one and only Mongo for us, please!
David! I’ve been told about this planet called Mongo? Can you give us the lowdown on what kind of a planet it is?
David Gallaher: Not to be confused with the tropical citrus planet Mango, Mongo is a roving rogue planet that travels through other galaxies — and under imperial rule and military supremacy — crushes those planets that dare to oppose it. As envisioned by Alex Raymond, it’s a marvellous world of super-science, savagery and sorcery. On Mongo, you’ll find flying cities of Hawkpeople, lush living forests, fatal deserts and other terrifying habitats that are unwelcoming to visitors and denizens alike!
Who runs the place? Do they have, maybe, a lovely kind and gentle emperor of some kind?
Gallaher: Well… gentle? Not so much. In fact, the ruler of Mongo is Emperor Ming … and he’s Merciless. In FLASH GORDON: THE GREATEST ADVENTURE OF ALL — Ming teams up with Adolf Hitler — the baddest of bad guys.
As a kid growing up on the Flash Gordon cartoon, I knew Ming was evil because he was voiced by Alan Oppenheimer — who also voiced Skeletor in He-Man & The Masters of the Universe. Ming’s plans frequently involve grooming and coercing young women into carrying and birthing him a trove of genetically superior heirs. He’s super skeevy.
Oh dear. What happens to Ming? Does a handsome prince eventually save the day?
Gallaher: Do you like Green Arrow? Hawkeye? Robin Hood? If so, you’re gonna love Prince Barin — he is a badass archer and the rightful heir to the throne of Mongo. He was sent into exile by Ming… and went from being a noble type into becoming more more of an unprincipled outlaw. With his Han Solo like attitude, he and Flash Gordon overthrow Ming. Depending on the media — be it the radio, serials, comics, or films — Ming is either killed or narrowly escapes capture. Under Barin’s fair and just rule, Mongo prospers… but for how long?
For how long, Steve?
Cheers David! Longterm DC fans already knew about Mongo, but it’s always useful to catch everyone else back off! The series about Infinite Crisis is going perfectly to plan. This Prince Barin fella sounds interesting, am I right?
David Gallaher is a game designer and comic book writer who wrote Darkstar & The Winter Guard, as well as comics like High Moon and Only Living Girl. You can find him on Twitter here!