Saturday, January 29, 2011

#174: D002 The Hawk (Mandrake Meets Narda) From 26 Nov 1934 To 23 Feb 1935

What a story this is! Mandrake meets Narda for the first time. She does quite a lot to Mandrake which I had never known until now....well I won't give away the story.

With all the recent chaos in Egypt, it is such a coincidence that Mandrake and Lothar in the story are in Alexandria, Egypt.

Thanks to the Australian Women's weekly archives for having this story published and made available. Thanks to Venkit Subramanian for extracting the scans from the PDFs and cleaning them.

For, the first time, the story in black and white has a few colored panels. I guess, Phil Davis was experimenting how it would turn out. The black and white scans were back soon enough.

So many magic tricks in this story are very creative of Lee Falk.

Also, I had never seen Mandrake use some harsh language on Lothar before. The last panel was a little disrespectful.

The scans are barely readable, but these are the first ones I can find for this daily in English. I have the PDFs of the story if someone wants to read it that way.

Download Strip Here.

Download PDFs Here.


Venkitachalam Subramanian said...

Once you go thru the whole story, you will understand my "pain", while trying to get this in a readable fashion.

The Narda in this story, just beats to oblivion the later day Narda of Fredricks.

Indrajal Comics, which put a miniskirt on the girl in the Phantom comic "The Missing Daddy", would have had to work overtime, if they had published this story!

Happy reading!

tgoldberg said...

Thanks this is great. I would love the PDF to print out. Could you post or email it?

Phantom And Mandrake Fan said...

Thanks a lot for all the painstaking efforts. Good observation on Narda.
You are welcome. I will have the PDFs made available.

Hojo said...


The Narda in this story, just beats to oblivion the later day Narda of Fredricks.

rightly said..

PS - Bala,hopefully we can see you in our little FORUM on Indrajal,and specially @the MTM segments,where we can have some nice discussions on our childhood passion & stories!!:-)

Link you have,I guess? if not will direct you...



Anonymous said...

There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also. Keep working ,great job!

PBC said...

Thanks Venkit & Bala ji! It's a rare pearl.