Olympic swimmer-turned-action hero Buster Crabbe starred as the comics' outer space hero in this trio of Universal serials. "Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers" (1936) finds Gordon and his allies Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov blasting off to stop the rogue planet Mongo from crashing into Earth. In their way are sharkmen, hawkmen, and the evil Ming the Merciless. With Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton. AKA: "Flash Gordon." Flash and Dale travel to the Red Planet to stop Ming and Martian queen Azura from destroying Earth's atmosphere in "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" (1938), Rogers, Middleton co-star. And "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" (1940) to save mankind from Ming's Purple Death plague dust. With Middleton, Carole Hughes. 13 2/3 hrs. total on four discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; 24-page book.