Today we post the final installment of The Jade Sphinx’s throwback interview from 1996 with the incomparable Lee Falk (1911-1999), the creator of The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician!
This date in history marks the day when readers were first introduced to the mystical powers of MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN. The first comic strip appeared in newspapers on June 11, 1934.
Below is an excerpt of a 1996 interview between legendary comics creator, Lee Falk, and James Abbott, who writes a blog called “The Jade Sphinx.” This interview was conducted in 1996 and is published with Mr. Abbott’s permission.
How would you explain the overwhelming popularity of Mandrake and The Phantom abroad?