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.


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

#287 - S174 Dr.Holton'sReputation (08-25-96 to 02-09-97)

Well, this is the continuation of the story in my previous post. Once there is a solution to a complex problem people just forget about the problem and the panic it caused and try to evaluate the actions and the activists with new moral glasses. Two things come immediately to my mind. The first is the evaluation of the actions under the team led by Sri. KPS Gill who broke the back of the Khalistani revolt in the late 80s and early 90s. The second of course is the on-going second guessing by the Obama administration of the actions of the Bush administration following the the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Just two examples of ungrateful nations trying to put a moral facade after the problem has been sorted out by others who were prepared to wade into territories that many of us would not dare venture into. We would only twiddle our thumbs and wish the problem away, much like most of the world is wishing away the Boko Haram & ISIL issues.

Similarly once the problem of the Swarm was over, the moral police turned on Dr. Holton  and the way the problem was identified. When his senility itself came into question, Mandrake and Magnon had to intervene and come to his rescue.

Thanks to the one and only Magnus Magnusson for the color strips.

Download and enjoy the story here.


Friday, May 16, 2014

#286 - S173_TheSwarm_(01-14-96_to_08-18-96)

I am presenting here a Sunday strip story of some extra-terrestrial swarm of animals that eat anyone or anything in their path.

Check out Mr.Bill Clinton who appears as himself in panel number 30. Download the story here.

While on this subject, this story is similar to another Sunday strip story S114 which appeared in 1971 called the Space Pack, which was posted earlier in this blog itself.

As you can see I had to resort to various sources to get the complete story. I have to thank Magnus Magnusson for the color strips.


Oh and one other thing, I also had the good fortune to gain the acquaintance of a Spanish Mandrake fan who goes under the name of fereugeen, who has been in his own unique and excellent way been providing daily and Sunday strips. Do go and have a look at this forum -

He also has a blog -