Sunday, June 12, 2016

#307 - Reprint of Aliens (2016-02-22 to 2016-05-21).

Over the last few weeks we had quite a few Daily and Sunday strips coming to an end. So I had to delay posting this one though Emile had sent this across to me as soon as the strip ended.

Please download the story from Emile's original link and shower your thanks on him.

Well, there is some news that Mandrake the Magician may be coming to the big screen soon. Here are some links about that

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

#306 - Happy Vishu to everyone. Sharing my digital collection of Mandrake Comics Strips

I had been planning this post for a while, but unfortunately some others beat me to it. But it does not matter. I am not in this to compete against anyone.

April 14 has a lot of meaning for me. It is the New Year according to the Malayalam calendar being used in the state of Kerala. It was also on that day in 2012, that I started to post in this blog with Balaji's permission.

Today,on this auspicious day, I present my collection of Mandrake The Magician comic strips, both Daily and Sundays.

The first strip in the first Daily:

The last strip in the interrupted last Daily strip:

Download the Daily strips from here.

The first strip in the first Sunday strip:

The last strip of the last Sunday strip:

Download the Sunday strips here.

It would be a dereliction of my duties if I did not express my thanks to the following people who worked hard along with me to search and get all these strips. The names are in no particular order:

Balaji - who started this blog as a homage to Lee Falk and his amazing creation - Mandrake the Magician.
Ajay - who posted a quite a few of the Sunday strips in his blog.
Allen Lane - who provided me with a whole lot of Sunday strips including the one in which Narda becomes the most beautiful woman in the Galaxy.
Comic Crazee - who provided us with quite a few wonderful drawings and was the first person to provide us with all 3 stories of the Mandrake wedding.
Tom Williams - who provided me with the first seven strips in the Daily Strip saga.
Magnus Magnusson - who provided me with all those beautiful color Sunday strips.
Paulo Marques - who paid and gained access to strips starting from Daily Strip 203 to 220. Balaji and I joined him in downloading the daily newspaper (approx 60MB) and then worked on bringing out those strips in story form.
Myron & Richard Hy - who provided quite a few daily strips to this blog in 2007 & 2008.
Mapanare - a new friend who has been instrumental in providing me with many of the later year daily strips. He runs a prolific blog in Spanish where he concentrates more on ... (who else?).
Donald Ladhams - who despite his advancing age and ill-health traveled to the Library and sent me strips from the microfilm archives of one of Australia's leading dailies.
Emile - One of the greatest living authorities on both of Lee Falk's characters. He also has a wonderful database of Indrajal Comics. Emile has been instrumental in providing me with Phantom and Tarzan strips in addition to Mandrake.
Carlos - more famously known as Lothar, who is singlehandedly responsible for most of the daily strips. (and that too at exceptional quality!)

When I started posting, we did not have more than 60 of the Sunday strips online. In these 4 years, it has been my good fortune to work with a whole lot of friends and get all Sunday strips though in varying colors and resolution.

If I have by oversight missed anyone, I profusely apologize.



Friday, March 4, 2016

#305 - Reprint of D228 (Mandrake's Wedding at Xanadu)

Emile was kind enough to send me the strips for this story earlier, but unfortunately the computer on which I had all my downloads and all had some issues. Added to that I was also busy at work. So it took me a while to go through the stuff and post it.

Please download the story from Emile's original link here and shower your thanks on him. One thing I observed though - the reprint is not the complete original story. They cut it off immediately after the wedding and then started on the reprint of the next story.



Saturday, January 23, 2016

#304 - Reprint of D227

Emile has provided us the strips of the just ended reprint of D227 Big Jake & Co . One tends to wonder at the artistic brilliance of the late Fredericks, when he could do wonders even at his advanced age.

Please download the story from Emile's original link here and shower your thanks on him.



Saturday, October 17, 2015

#303 - Reprint of D226

Emile has provided us with reprint of D226 (Mandrake's Wedding at the College of Magic), which concluded about 10 days back. The first panel goes like this:

Download the story from Emile's original link here.

You will recall that Paulo, Balaji & I had worked together to get the original Black & White run from Reading Eagle archives a few years ago and posted that in this blog

Enjoy the story of the second round of the Wedding of Mandrake & Narda and shower your thanks on Emile.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

#302 - More Daily Mandrake strips

I know that I have been late in posting strips. I have been busy with a major project at work. I am presenting here two daily strips sent to me by my friend Mapanare.

The first one is called the Mysterious Mr.Bean. Not at all related to the other Mr.Bean. The first panel looks like this:

Download the story here.

The second one is called The Haunted Slope. The first panel looks like this:

Download the story here.

Enjoy and shower your thanks on Mapanare.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

#301 - Two more daily Mandrake daily strips.

It is now 3 weeks since I made the 300th post in this blog. It was more than enough time for people to come and offer their good wishes to Balaji and his blog. So here I am with my next post. This time I am presenting two classic Mandrake daily strips, prepared by Mapanare. 

The first is D072 - The Vanishing Rocket [mapanare].cbr. Here is the first panel:

The second is  D076 - The Royal Suitor [mapanare].cbr. here is the first panel.

Thanks to Mapanare for making these available.



Sunday, June 14, 2015

#300 - Happy 81 years, Mandrake !! How do I go about it? Probably by saying a huge THANKS to all contributors

This incidentally is the 300th post in this blog. When Balaji started this blog on June 26, 2007, this was one of the very few blogs entirely devoted to the first ever Superhero in comics history - Mandrake the Magician. Incidentally this month is 81 years since the first strip of Mandrake appeared in newspapers. Here is a tribute to that from ComicsAlliance. Enjoy.

When I started substituting for Balaji, one fine Vishu day in 2012, there was less than one third of all Mandrake Sunday strips available on the Net. Due to contributions from Magnus Magnusson, Steve Cottle, Tom Williams, Richard Hy, Paulo Marques, we now have been able to get to a point that we have less than 5 Sunday strips to post before we have all the Mandrake Sunday strips available for everyone to enjoy. And here is one of those remaining strips for your enjoyment. The story is called "The Devil's Stage Coach" and it ran for 24 Sundays from October 01, 2000 thru March 11, 2001. The first panel looked like this:

The color strips are courtesy Magnus Magnusson. Download the story here and shower your thanks on Magnus.

With all the activity on the Sunday strips, the Daily strips till proved elusive. The main reason being that we were not able to get full strips from American newspapers of the late seventies thru the nineties. Paulo, Balaji and I were able to get most of the strips from D203 thru D226 from a paid archive. All strips after D226 were posted by Lothar in his wonderful blog.

That still left a few classic daily strips and a whole lot of strips from the seventies thru the nineties. I have been able to download most of the classic daily strips. I also have a whole lot of strips from the seventies. It was when I almost hit the end of the road, with strips from the 80s & 90s, that a knight in shining armor appeared from Down Under. Despite his health issues including a surgery, Donald Ladhams was able to get me all strips that were available in his local library from microfilm. This amounted to nearly 95% of the daily strips from D160 thru D202. I also have some very good Spanish scans from Lothar's friend Teo, from my E-mule days. Recently Paulo introduced me to a Spanish Mandrake fan, who goes by the name of Mapanare, who is doing yeoman service with his posting of Mandrake strips in both English and Spanish. I have been honored to present a couple of strips from him earlier. We are working together to compare strips and bring out some strips as a joint venture. I am presenting here two classic strips from Mapanare.

Download story here.

Download story here.

A general complaint from bloggers is that people flock to the blogs to download stuff, but can't find time to pen just a few lines thanking the efforts of all involved. When you download these stories and enjoy, please do give some thought to all those contributors who have selflessly worked to bring forth these for your enjoyment. And please remember that this is not their day jobs. They are finding time out of their schedule to bring us these strips. Keep that in mind while "demanding" strips of your choice.

Happy 81st Mandrake.