Bleeding Cool gave us some pretty good news yesterday, a new comic featuring Mandrake will be published in September by Dynamite: King’s Watch. A crossover with The Phantom and Flash Gordon, too (I swear I didn’t know anything about this when I wrote my post yesterday). And written by Jeff Parker. Does it get better than that? Yes, but only if the preview pages are repeated in classic symmetrical fashion the likes of which we have not seen since Watchmen and if there’s something we like more than Mandrake comics, it’s Mandrake comics remixed. I am guessing it will be corrected at some point, so here it is, the preview as it originally appeared:
So, Mandrake in films … I will leave out the boring details (yes, there’s the serial, the pilot made in 1954 and the TV movie from 1979), to focus on the important stuff, so grab on to your top hats because here we go!!!
From Federico Fellini’s Intervista, Mastroianni playing Mandrake:
From Vittorio De Sicca’s segment of Le Streghe (with Clint Eastwood!):
The daydreaming scene, which takes about 1 minute, includes other characters like The Phantom, Sadik, Batman, Diabolik and Flash Gordon … The inspiration for Defenders of the Earth? Most likely! (Yes, I just mentioned crossovers again, what do you want from me?)
And, last but not least, the Turkish Mandrake Killing’e Karşı, which features:
A likable enough Mandrake (Jean DuJardin’s father?):
Killing in disguise as a chauffeur:
Lothar Abdullah in full minstrel show make-up (let it to the Turks to make it so easy to link Mandrake and Jurgens):
The best thing is that the movie is fully subtitled (quality is so-so, but if you need more than that, maybe this is not the perfect movie for you) and available (for now, but I guess with lost Turkish movies, this means forever) at youtube, so enjoy without moderation:
Update: Seems I spoke too fast and the movie has been removed … Hope someone else was able to enjoy it, but I am sure there are other ways to find it.