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Following Frederick's updating of Mandrake in the 1960s, we have a hipper and cooler magician. And yet, both Fredericks and Mandrake's creator Lee Falk managed to land our top-hatted hero in some pretty outlandish and action-packed adventures on this Earth and beyond--in space! This volume includes the unwelcome return of Mandrake's arch enemy, The Cobra, the introduction of a sinister new crime syndicate called The Underworld and the creation of a counter crime organization called Inter-Intel, headed up by Mandrake.
It also features the story of the first meeting of Lothar and Mandrake, thus the sub-title of the volume. Eleven complete episodes are here, including "The Astro Pirates," "The Blackout Caper," "The All or Nothing Hunt," "The Galactic Rumble," and many more.
Andreas Eriksson provides a four-page introduction, "My Mandrake Artist." As Andreas writes, "Fredericks came along, although by necessity, at a perfect time for Mandrake.The "Phil Davis style" was going out of fashion, and while still popular among the old fans it did little to attract new readers, especially when other newspaper strips offered more exciting art, compared with the stylized form Davis had settled on during his last years."
"Fred was a generation younger than Phil, but already an experienced artist by the time he took on Mandrake. He had a long list of credits for Gold Key comics, [such as] a realistic style like Boris Karloff and The Twilight Zone...effortlessly he captured motion and emotion, unlike Davis who I felt was stiff and rigid by comparison."
"During his 65 years of writing Mandrake and 63 years of writing The Phantom, Lee Falk rarely met the artists he worked with. The exception to the rule was Fred Fredericks. From 1972 and for the next 27 years, the two men would meet for lunch regularly, primarily for Lee to deliver new Mandrake scripts, but also to talk about comics, movies, theatre and show business. It's clear that of all the artists Falk worked with, he got along best with Fred..."
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Item Code MANFS01H Publisher Titan Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781782766926 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 11x9 # Pages 256pg Color b&w
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