Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mandrake the Magician - Feature Productions

New Zealand comics publisher Feature Publications operated out of Petone, Wellington from the early 1940's with a line up of comics primarily reprinting King Feature Syndicate newspaper strips such as Popeye, Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, The Phantom, The Katzenjammer Kids, Bringing up Father and others.

Lee Falk's creation Mandrake the Magician debuted as a daily newspaper strip in American newspapers on June 11th, 1934, with a colour Sunday strip following on February 3, 1935. Mandrake the Magician is one of the last surviving adventure strips still being produced in America with Mandrake artist of the last forty years Fred Fredericks assuming writing chores after the passing of Falk in 1999.

Feature Productions produced 222 issues of Mandrake the Magician from the late 1940's until the early 1960's. The Phantom, another creation of Falk is the only other New Zealand published comic to surpass Mandrake the Magician with 556 issues produced by Feature Productions.

The gallery below features covers of the first twenty issues of Mandrake the Magician. Feature Productions' cover artists were not credited, and covers typically featured a redrawn panel from the interior comic.


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