Date: 2013-01-29 07:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blue_bolt
*Claps for Hans Zarkov*

Date: 2013-01-29 07:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
I've never thought about it before, but the Soviet aspect of this brings it to mind. I wonder how Zarkov ended up with a German forename. (Actually, I'm not entirely sure I ever actually knew his first name...) Does anybody a little more into Flash Gordon know if that has ever been addressed?

(Hans is a derivative of Johannes, thus the Russian form would be Ivan.)

Date: 2013-01-29 09:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] espanolbot
I think that it's just a product of the time he was originally created, and they just put random foreign names together. Might be an explanation within the series though, somewhere.

Date: 2013-01-29 09:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Oh, yes...that's almost certainly the real-world explanation. I'm wondering if the rather unlikely (though not, of course, impossible) situation has ever been given an in-universe explanation.

Date: 2013-01-29 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] arilou_skiff
Well, there were tons of germans in Russia at the time: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volga_germans

Date: 2013-01-29 10:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Hmm. Possible, but I would expect a German surname, if he were one.

Date: 2013-01-29 10:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] richardak
In the
live-action film
from 1980, he was pretty clearly Jewish. It's possible that his family had at some point spoken Yiddish, and since Yiddish is mainly a dialect of German with some Hebrew, Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian (among other tongues) mixed in, that could theoretically explain the hybrid name.

Date: 2013-01-31 09:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
With apologies to Frank Shannon from the old black and white serials (which were always shown during school holidays in my childhood), I confess I reflexively read Zarkof in Topol's voice.

Date: 2013-01-30 03:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
Maybe his father was ethnic Russian married to a German?

Date: 2013-01-30 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] donnblake
Even if his father doesn't have German ancestry, he might have been named after a maternal ancestor, a family friend, etc.

Date: 2013-01-29 08:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] greenmask
I really like Zarkov.


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