Where exactly is planet Mongo?

Joe Ohliger writes:

“I was wondering where you came up with the Planet Mongo in a recent column.

“Planet Mongo was where Flash Gordon battled the ruthless Ming the merciless in a comic strip. It was written by Aalex Raymond, and appeared I believe in the S.F. Examiner. He wrote the strip in about 1934. I know that you are no old enough to have seen it. He was a great artist, with a great imagination.”

A wonderfully kitschy Flash Gordon TV series ran on area TV in the 1960s and ’70s. I remember staying up late to revel in its retro. Planet Mongo is a dated cultural reference, of course. But, hey, at least one person knew what I was talking about.

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