Saturday, April 25, 2015

#297 - A classic Mandrake daily strip "The Swami" provided by Mapanare

I am presenting a strip called "The Swami" which ran from 1950-12-04 thru 1951-03-17. In this story we come to hear about and then see Theron in the second thru fourth panel of the first ever strip of this story.

So it led to a trivia question - Which story did Theron make an appearance either live or in a photograph?  I present below,  what the greatest authority on Mandrake thinks is the first ever drawing of Theron by Phil Davis.















In this story, (The Swami) we come across a disciple of Theron who abuses the powers acquired for personal gain and Mandrake is directed by Theron to put an end to it. Now where have we heard and read this before or after?

Well, this story was provided by Mapanare. This story also contains an excellent cover page created by him.









Download the story from here and shower your thanks on Mapanare.

Enjoy,

Venkit


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

#296 - A classic Mandrake daily strip

It is yet another Vishu, the new year day for the people of my erstwhile state in India, called Kerala (also called God's own Country by visitors). It is also 3 years since I started handling this blog on behalf of Bala. One thing that has given me immense satisfaction is that I have been able to unearth quite a few Mandrake Sunday strips that were hitherto unavailable. Of course I have to thank Magnus Magnusson for all the color Sunday strips he has shared so selflessly over all these years.

This week I am presenting a daily strip - D058 - The Mystery of Uncle Ed  - sent to me by a Spanish friend who likes to be known as Mapanare. He even has a cover page devised for the comic, which you can see below.














On this Vishu day, which is also celebrated as Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Baisakhi in Punjab, Ronagali Bihu in Assam and Naba Barsha in Bengal, I use this opportunity to wish all the best to all of my friends and non-friends who visit this blog.

Shower your thanks on Mapanare.

Enjoy,

Venkit

PS. Here are a few pictures of what put up for VishuKani earlier this morning


 




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