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ASK THE ARCHIVIST: “FIRST MANDRAKE SUNDAY STORY”

MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN had proved popular enough since its June 1934 daily debut to rate a Sunday the following year. In early 1935 the Hearst newspapers tried an experiment with the company’s trademark comic section, “Puck.” They started to publish tabloid-only sections. Many features that were successful in the standard-full format with a top comic stayed [...] Keep Reading

Our Month of Mandrake Celebration Continues! Fan Poll #2!

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Last week we ran a poll to decide the DailyINK community’s choice for “Favorite Mandrake Villain.” We’re excited to announce that the winner, with over half the vote, was The Cobra/Luciphor. Today, in our Mandrake Fan Poll #2, we turn our attention to the opposite of Mandrake’s villains: his friends and allies. MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN is [...] Keep Reading

Ask the Archivist: Meet MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN

Hello DailyINK Comics Readers, Today, I am starting a mini-series on Mandrake, the classic character created by Lee Falk, who would bring so many memorable science fiction and crime-fighting tales to the comics page in its long, long run. When MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN first saw the light of day in 1934, the world of action/adventure [...] Keep Reading

A Month of Mandrake Celebrations Starts Today!

As many in our DailyINK community know, Fred Fredericks, the longtime artist and writer of the MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN daily-only comic strip, has announced his retirement. The comic strip went into reprints earlier this month, serving up some great Mandrake stories from the archives. We know that many members of the DailyINK community want a [...] Keep Reading

Ask the Archivist: THE LOCKHORNS Anniversary

Greetings DailyINK Fans! This week, I post once again about the prolific Bill Hoest as today’s subject. Previously, we looked at his AGATHA CRUMM and WHAT A GUY! series, but THE LOCKHORNS was his magnum opus. It started 45 years ago this week on September 9, 1968. There have been unhappy spouses in comic strips before, from the ever-bickering Greens in MR. & MRS. to the [...] Keep Reading

Ask the Archivist: The Editor’s Coloring Book

Hello DailyINK Fans, Yesterday was the birthday of one of the cartooning greats in King Features’ history — the one and only Mort Walker. He turned 90 years old and his definitive creation, BEETLE BAILEY, is 63 years old today. To honor these two momentous occasions, I have chosen an unusual item to showcase today: a promotional book from 1963 [...] Keep Reading

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