I don't know how I missed it, but yesterday was the 140th birthday of Frank Shannon, the Irish actor forever immortalized as Dr. Alexis Zarkov in the three original Flash Gordon serials. Though it lies beyond my power to add to the fame of a scientist who could, on the spur of the moment, unlock yet another mystery of the universe just to get Flash out of trouble again, I offer this image to convey the sort of conditions under which he was forced to work.
The costume department did him no favors, clearly. But, then, they were even harder on the actor Jack "Tiny" Lipson, the one with a case of metallic gynecomastia; he's playing King Vultan of the Hawkmen.
Hail, Dr. Z! Perhaps one day we will catch up with you.