Came across a nice article on Mandrake The Magician...
Magic Had A Name Once: Mandrake
Long before the mutants had conquered the world of superheroes, there was one such person who had little or no supernatural powers, and defeated enemies with his mere mortal talents. He wasn't any friendly neighborhood neighbor who was just useful in finding out who colored the community pool water, he had enemies, arch enemies, super villains and such. He was Mandrake the Magician.
This was the time of small story arches and noncomplex characters. It was the time when story lines were simple and straight, with nobody coming back from the dead, well seldom did anyone die - the the age of black and white syndicated cartoon strips. This was the age of Mandrake the Magician.
One of the most important power Mandrake the Magician was magic, which can now be termed as a very fast hypnosis power, therefore making the goons think that what they had in their hands were snakes, hot rods or anything else, except what they were holding guns.
Mandrake the Magician, was accompanied by Lothar, once a Prince of Seven Nations, who joins hands with the Magician to combat evil. Mandrake and Lothar both had female interests, Narda, Mandrake's uhmm.. friend, and Karma, Lothar's uhmm.. friend, who would sometimes accompany them on their missions.
Mandrake the Magician had a few enemies, with the Cobra being the most dangerous, followed by Derek, his twin brother, Clay Camel, Brass Monkey, Aleena the Enchantress, and of course, the Octon, which in the end turned out to be the Cobra himself.
Lothar was one of the first Afro-American superhero sidekicks, and was also the forerunner in the 'muscle and brain' duo concept. The two man army concept has been used in Chacha Chaudhary and Sabu in India.
Mandrake the Magician was one of the most entertaining character for quite some generations, and thankfully he isn't lost to the current. A movie about Mandrake the Magician is in the making.