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.