Actor Sam Jones, known around the world for his portrayal of Flash Gordon, attended 42 comic conventions all over the world last year - and he wouldn't have it any other way.
Jones, who will turn 64 this August, was made famous in the cult classic "Flash Gordon" movie in 1980.
The former U.S. Marine lives in San Diego with his family now and has been a local for 13 years.
On Thursday, he was in the Gaslamp Quarter meeting fans and gladly posing for selfies on the sidewalks.
“It’s part of what we owe the fans. They take the time to either watch us on TV or pay the ticket at the movie theater to watch it. I think it’s up to us to give them their due,” Jones explained.
He also credited his attitude to his training as a U.S. Marine. He said any actor who hides from fans is in the wrong business.
As for the San Diego Comic-Con convention, he enjoys the crowds and the activities outside the primary venue.
He considers the fact that fans still want to pose with him a blessing.
His character, Flash Gordon, was one of the few superheroes who did not have superpowers.
A vulnerable superhero, Flash Gordon had to rely on his wit and athleticism.
“I’m a human being with all the good and the bad, all the ups and downs, all the challenges,” he said.
Fans can meet up with Jones at two locations Thursday night. He'll be bartending at Werewolf from 9 to 10:15 p.m. and The Waterfront Bar & Grill from 10:45 p.m. to 12 a.m.