Sunday, March 29, 2015

#295 - Rest In Peace Mr. Harold "Fred" Fredericks Jr. (August 9, 1929 - March 10, 2015)

Fred Fredricks passed away on March 10, 2015. I was rather surprised to see a lack of real flow of sadness on his demise or articles of appreciation of his longevity at continuing a comic strip. More than 55 years of drawing Mandrake!! That is older than the age of many of his fans!

I am presenting here a Sunday strip conceived and drawn by this artist about 15 years ago. The last panel in the story is a true "AWWWW" moment. All romantic and mushy!











As usual, I have to thank Magnus Magnusson for the color strips.

Download the story here and enjoy.

Venkit




Sunday, March 8, 2015

#294 - S181 TheTrickStealer (02-06-00 to 05-28-00)

Not sure if this has been posted before. Because I have been having the color strips for a while. There was one strip missing.











I have to thank Magnus Magnusson for the color strips. Download the story here.

Enjoy,

Venkit

Friday, January 30, 2015

#293 - Kolossus - A Mandrake Daily from the early seventies

I just returned from a 3 week trip to India. I was able to catch up on reading my old Indrajal Comics, the ones still left with me, which I had given to my brother's kids during my last trip there.

One of the comics I read again was IJC 176 - Mandrake And The Giant Man from Feb 1973. I had shared this comic in Prabhat's blogs a long while ago. The first panel in the comic looked like this:











I am presenting here the full 90 strips of this daily strip which was called Kolossus and it ran from 05-31-1971 thru 09-11-1971. The first panel looked like this:









Download the story here and enjoy.

Venkitachalam





Saturday, November 22, 2014

#292 - S179 The Invisible Person (08-08-99 to 10-10-99)

I bring you a Mandrake Sunday strip here. This was one of the 4 or 5 Daily strips which were tweaked in the 90s to come forth as Sunday strips. I have already presented some others in this very blog.

This one is S179 The Invisible Person and the first panel starts off like this:











This also came as a daily strip called D184 Little Man (11-14-83 to 03-03-84). The first panel looked like this : (Thanks to my friend Don Ladhams for this one)







For those of you who also follow the history of Mandrake comics in India, this came as Vol 22 No 29 in Indrajal Comics during the week of July 21 - 27 1985 as "The Invisible Thief". I had shared this comic in Prabhat's wonderful blog Indrajal Online. The first panel in that was almost the same as the Daily strip.




















It is just 8 more to hit 300 in this blog. I am hoping that Balaji is getting ready with some kind of bumper post for that landmark.

So please download the Sunday strip here.

Enjoy,

Venkitachalam 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

#291 - The Octopus Ring

Emile, who has been the source of many a rare Mandrake comic strip, has come up with this old classic in strip format. There are other versions in book format doing the rounds.








Download the story from Emile's original link and shower your thanks on Emile.

Enjoy,

Venkitachalam

Monday, October 6, 2014

290 - Scary Aliens

October is the month of Halloween, here in the good old USA. What better way to start the month, than with a scary Mandrake story.








This is again from Emile, and please download the story here.

Thanks, Emile, from the bottom of my heart for this one.

I would like to point out that our good friend Ajnaabi has also put out a version of this story.

Enjoy,

Venkit

Sunday, August 31, 2014

#289 - Lothar the Champ

We have seen stories in the long running friendship between Mandrake and Lothar, where they split for a short time, before coming back together to fighting crime, which was the KRA in their collective Performance Management Plan.

Emile just sent me this complete story, where Lothar goes off to be a "rassler", becomes a prey to the politics of international wrestling, becomes the world champ. But after all that...

This is one of those Mandrake stories where Mandrake uses the word "servant" while referring to Lothar.


There is another version of this story doing the rounds on the Net, but this probably is the first "real" strip version.

Download the story here and shower your thanks on Emile.

Enjoy

Venkit

Sunday, July 20, 2014

#288 - S178 TheBullies (04-18-99 to 08-01-99)

After the story called "The Speedy" which ran for 33 Sundays from 16 Feb 1997 thru 28 Sep 1997, there were 4 stories that were rehashes of already published Daily Strip Stories and I think this was one of them. I had posted S176 & S177 earlier in this blog.










Download the story from here and enjoy.

Venkitachalam