Button, Dale Arden, Flash Gordon Character


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This pin features Dale Arden, the female lead from the Flash Gordon comic strip. Created to compete with—and cash in on—the success of Buck Rogers, which was licensed by a competing newspaper syndicate, Flash Gordon debuted in comic strips in 1934. Alex Raymond, a staff writer for King Features, created the character and wrote the strip for 10 years.

The Arden character, who also served as the love interest for the strip, accompanied the title character in battling Asian supervillian Ming the Merciless.

Collector Michael O'Harro gave this button to the Museum in 1993.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Gift of Michael O'Harro, Copyright 1934, King Features Syndicate


Country of Origin

United States of America


Overall metal, probably tin


  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Button): 1.9cm (3/4 in.)
  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Sleeve): 6.2 × 6.2cm (2 7/16 × 2 7/16 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


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