Long-running adventure comic strip. Created by Lee Falk in 1934. Starred (natch) Mandrake the Magician, a debonair guy with a mustache and tuxedo who spent his time either performing magic shows or using his skills in sleight-of-hand and hypnotism to solve crimes. Hell, it was the '30s. Everyone was solving crimes.

The comic strip was also one of the first to have a racially-integrated cast, with the musclebound Lothar assisting Mandrake on most of his adventures. Mandrake's girlfriend, Princess Narda, also tagged along on the magician's escapades.

Falk originally wrote and drew the strip, but soon gave up the illustration chores to other artists so he could concentrate on writing. He died in March 1999, but the strip is still being produced and published today.

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