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The Saturday Comics: Mandrake the Magician (Classic Repost)

14 Apr

April 14, 2012

When I published this last year I got a lot of feedback, all negative. I seem to have disagreed with many, Mac in particular, in my assessment of this trip. What do you think?

March 26, 2011

This is a classic strip that does everything right. The art is great- look at the coloring. Notice how Mandrake stands out? And the rest of the coloring works perfectly with the subject matter. The illustration is top-notch. The strip is atmospheric and moody and genuinely creepy. Even the lettering gives you an old-school vibe. That is no small feat to accomplish each day in three or four panels. And the writing? This was the first time I’ve seen Mandrake in years and it was easily accessible but got me right into the story.

It is a zippy little story that keeps the essential elements of Mandrake but successfully moved it into the modern era. Here is a week’s worth of Mandrake the Magician. Enjoy!

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