Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the January 2015 launch of King, an epic comic book event that marks the 100th anniversary of King Features Syndicate. The celebratory event will bring history’s most famous comic strip heroes – Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, Prince Valiant, The Phantom, and Jungle Jim, to comic books with five miniseries that build to a grand crossover in May. Helmed by top-tier talent and rising stars of the comic book industry, each launch issue of the King event features an interlocking cover by acclaimed artist Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier, Catwoman).The creative team behind Mandrake the Magician is Eisner-Award Winner Roger Langridge with artist Jeremy Treece.
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!
What do you think of the recent incarnations of The Phantom, like the cartoon series Phantom 2040, or Defenders of the Earth?
First off, the animator of Defenders of the Earth concentrated on Mandrake, The Phantom, and Flash Gordon. They figured the kids would like something in a future time, with interesting technology and what not. So they grouped them with Flash in the future. I rather reluctantly agreed, thinking that maybe that was the way of the future, so let’s do it. We made The Phantom the 25th generation of the character, and the great-grandson of Mandrake. But when the animators depicted them, they just used the three, Mandrake, The Phantom, and Flash Gordon. I asked why they had excluded Lothar from it all. Here’s a hero who happens to be black, and millions of black and brown fans think of him as a role model. I argued that he had to be in the posters as well.
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.
Since the strip’s debut eight decades ago, Mandrake has remained a fan favorite and has a loyal following of dedicated readers. For that, we thank you!
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?
They’re very popular in Mexico, South America, Argentina and Brazil. I’ve been to these places and spoke to the people, talked at press conferences, and all that. In Barcelona, they started publishing a complete works of “The Phantom,” and he got out about six big volumes of comic books before he went bankrupt, publishing them in Spain and Portugal.
A couple of weeks ago, we published Part One of a four-part interview with the legendary comic strip creator, Lee Falk. This interview was conducted in 1996, and Part Two is published today with permission from The Jade Sphinx.
The Jade Sphinx continues his interview with Lee Falk (1911-1999), creator of the Phantom and Mandrake the Magician, first conducted in 1996.
Many Web users like to post old images and photos on Thursday. This practice is known as Throwback Thursday. We thought it would be a perfect time as any to post an in-depth interview with legendary comic strip creator, Lee Falk (1911-1999).
This four-part interview was first conducted in 1995, and Part One is published today with permission from The Jade Sphinx.
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In today’s post, we have a question for our fans.