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Mandrake The Magician

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  • April 1, 2021

    Edgar Ortiz

    THROWBACK THURSDAY 04/01/21

    In 1946, Mandrake cast an enchantment on Tigra the Giant Tiger. How could this possibly end well?     Click here for more vintage Mandrake the Magician!
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  • November 26, 2020

    Edgar Ortiz

    THROWBACK THURSDAY 11/26/20

    In 1940, Mandrake was up against a very formidable foe: The Octopus!     Continue reading here.
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  • December 23, 2014

    Jeremy Meltingtallow

    New! Mandrake the Magician #1 from Dynamite Entertainment

    Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the January 2015 launch of King, an epic comic book event that marks the 100th anniversary of King Features Syndicate. The celebratory event will bring history’s most famous comic strip heroes – Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, Prince Valiant, The Phantom, and Jungle Jim, to comic books with five miniseries that build to a grand crossover in May. Helmed by top-tier talent and rising stars of the comic book industry, each launch issue of the King event features an interlocking cover by acclaimed artist Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier, Catwoman).The creative team behind Mandrake the Magician is Eisner-Award Winner Roger Langridge with artist Jeremy Treece. Mandrake the Magician #1 puts on an epic show for all comers, with the classic stage magician using his sleight-of-hand and true magic to counter the threat of witch doctors and demons. Roger Langridge says, “With the Mandrake newspaper strip ending last year and going into reruns, I’m glad the old boy has found a home in comic books where his adventures can continue, now in panels considerably larger than a postage stamp. I think Mandrake and I are a good […]
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  • June 12, 2014

    Mark Johnson

    Ask the Archivist: “Best of Mandrake” Honors 80th Anniversary

    Greetings Comics Kingdomers, MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN has remained a fan favorite since the strip first appeared in newspapers on June 11, 1934.   I have extensively covered the dapper magician’s adventures in my “Archivist” posts. This week, I treat you to my “Best of Mandrake” series which includes links to all of my previous MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN posts.  http://comicskingdom.com/blog/2013/09/18/ask-the-archivist-meet-mandrake-the-magician http://comicskingdom.com/blog/2013/09/25/ask-the-archivist-the-look-of-mandrake http://comicskingdom.com/blog/2013/10/02/ask-the-archivist-first-mandrake-sunday-story http://comicskingdom.com/blog/2013/10/09/ask-the-archivist-mandrake-cartoonist-phil-davis http://comicskingdom.com/blog/2013/10/16/ask-the-archivist-mandrake-cartoonist-fred-fredericks Happy Anniversary, Mandrake! You don’t look a day over forty! Moving on to reader comments …  To Mike Smith: R. J. Scott, a very prolific man,was working back to the World War One era, up to the 1960’s, and did editorials and news feature art as well. I’ll do a blog on him this year. I have a lot of his material. To yolo:Another human dynamo of recent years was Bill Hoest, who was doing daily and Sunday Lockhorns, daily and SundayAgatha Crumm, and daily What a Guy! for us, and “Howard Huge” for the Sunday Parade magazine all at the same time. To Timothy Fisher, Danidarc:Always glad to give a salute to American heroes, in and out of wartime, and to offer some historical perspective, even a small […]
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  • June 12, 2014

    Jeremy Meltingtallow

    Happy 80th Anniversary, Mandrake!

    This date in history marks the day when readers were first introduced to the mystical powers of MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN. The first comic strip appeared in newspapers on June 11, 1934. Since the strip’s debut eight decades ago, Mandrake has remained a fan favorite and has a loyal following of dedicated readers. For that, we thank you!
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  • December 23, 2013

    Tea Fougner

    Editor’s Dispatch: Introducing MandrakeTheMagician.com

    Hi, all!  Welcome to the Editor’s Dispatch.  As you all know, Fred Fredericks, the longtime artist and writer of the Mandrake the Magician comic strip, announced his retirement recently. The comic strip has since gone into reprints, serving up great Mandrake stories from the archives.  Personally, I’ve sort of been hoping this means there’s a spot for another world-class magician out there, so I’ve been polishing some tricks of my own.  Watch this. *Gestures hypnotically* Hmm. *GESTURES HYPNOTICALLY* Okay, I guess gesturing hypnotically doesn’t work over the internet.  Maybe I need a top hat and a cape first.  Well, in that case, we’ll just have to do a little web-trickey and gesture you over toward our new Mandrake the Magician website! Yep, we’re really pleased to to make Mandrake the newest addition to the Comics Kingdom Network.  Please do go check out the site.  We’ll be posting Mandrake-themed blog entries occasionally.  At the moment, we’re talking about the unfinished “Vanguard of Shadows” storyline, and we’d love you to come over and share your ideas about how you might have ended the series. And, as always, if you have any suggestions […]
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  • November 7, 2013

    ComicsKingdom Admin

    What Artist Would You Like To See Potentially Design The Next Great Mandrake Storyline?

    We are so enthused by the response to our potential next act for Mandrake the Magician. While King Features traditionally creates and invests in content for sale to newspapers and other publishers, our Kickstarter project is strictly for and directly to the fans. Rather than take the “if you build it they will come” approach, we want to develop something new with the fans involved from day one. So with that mind, as MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN devotees, what artist would you like to see potentially design the next great Mandrake storyline? We would love the fans’ input on artists that would be able to carry on the rich history of our beloved magician. Please share your ideas in the comments below!
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  • October 31, 2013

    ComicsKingdom Admin

    The Next Act for Mandrake the Magician?

    As many in the comics community know, Fred Fredericks, the longtime artist and writer of the MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN daily-only comic strip, announced his retirement. The comic strip went into reprints in September, serving up great Mandrake stories from the archives. You, the dedicated disciples of our beloved magician, want a way to continue to celebrate this legendary strip and character. We are exploring the possibilities of a Kickstarter campaign to create a new storyline for Mandrake the Magician. Kickstarter is a crowd funding platform that allows backers to support creative projects, and in exchange for their support, the backers receive rewards based on their level of involvement. Ideally, we would give this new comic the “Prince Valiant” treatment, in full color on a full page every Sunday, exclusive to the web. This is about much more than just funding a project. You, the fans, would have special opportunities to own pieces of Mandrake history and even be involved in the creative process. The most exciting part of running a Kickstarter campaign is fan involvement. We are so excited that the most dedicated Mandrake devotees would be able to participate in […]
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  • October 28, 2013

    ComicsKingdom Admin

    Our “Mandrake the Magician” Celebration Continues! Mandrake the Managician!

    Last week we ran a poll to decide the DailyINK community’s choice for “Favorite Foreign Publication Cover.” We’re excited to announce that the winner with over 40% of the vote was the Rome, 1972 cover:     This week, we’ll be doing something fun with MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN. Mandrake has had some downtime since the strip ended, so today he is trying out a new profession: Mandrake the Managician! Here’s our beloved magician trying out his magic tricks in an office setting:     Is there a profession you would like Mandrake to try out? Put your idea in the comments after you check out some more Mandrake the Managician scenes below! And while we enjoyed putting together this Mandrake parody, we will have real news about our favorite magician’s next performance later this week. Follow along on the DailyINK Facebook page and Twitter page so you don’t miss our exciting update!              
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  • October 22, 2013

    ComicsKingdom Admin

    Our “Mandrake the Magician” Celebration Continues! Fan Poll #6!

    Last week we ran a poll to decide the DailyINK community’s choice for “Favorite Mandrake Sunday Storyline.” We’re excited to announce that the winner with over 60% of the vote was The Flame Pearls!     Today, in our Mandrake Fan Poll #6, we turn our attention to some of MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN’s foreign publication covers. When most of the world’s entertainment came from reading, comic books were everywhere, and comic strip characters were a huge part of it. Mandrake was no exception. In the Archivist’s travels, he has found the great magician showing up at newsstands around the world. So today we present a poll of some of the foreign publication covers the Archivist has collected. We also encourage you to write in any other foreign publication covers you loved in the comments below. Buenos Aires, 1954: (EDITORIAL ABRIL Buenos Aires 1954)This title shows Mandrake encountering one of the “Rollies” from the 1952 story,”Doorway to Z”  Santiago, 1966: (EDITORIAL LORD COCHRAN Santiago 1966)Mandrake in a Chilean version of the King Comics # 6. Sydney, about 1965: (GORDON & GOTCH Sydney Ca. 1965)  London, about 1960: (L. MILLER & SON, […]
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