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!

3 Responses to “The Saturday Comics: Mandrake the Magician (Classic Repost)”

  1. zathra April 14, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    Amazing. I had all but forgotten about Mandrake, the Phantom & similar, lesser – known heroes / super – heroes / heroines.

    Does anyone perchance remember Steve Roper, Captain Easy, Buzz Sawyer, & Rip Kirby ? I’m sure there were others, but they don’t come to mind at the moment.


    • bmj2k April 14, 2012 at 7:11 am #

      I think I heard of Captain Easy (Easy Aces?) and maybe Rip Kirby but that is it.


      • zathra April 14, 2012 at 9:14 am #

        Rip Kirby was a member of the Adventurer’s / Explorer’s Club or some such group. He found treasure, missing cities, solved crimes. Like a cross between Batman / Bruce Wayne & James Bond w / Indiana Jones. Steve Roper was either a truck driving hero or investigave reporter, I forget. They were all basically cut from the same cloth as Steve Canyon.


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