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    Phil Davis - Original Comic Strip Art for Mandrake the Magician Sunday dated 9-13-36 (King Features Syndicate, 1936). What character, created and shopped around for ten years before being picked up, was the first costumed, superpowered force for justice on the comics page? If you said Superman, you're dead wrong. That distinction belongs to Mandrake the Magician, who began his crimebusting career a full four years before the Kryptonian-come-lately. Created by 19-year-old Lee Falk (who would also go on to create The Phantom), it took ten years for Mandrake to find a home with King Features Syndicate. Strong on scripting, but weak on artistic ability, Falk hired Phil Davis, a commercial artist, to draw the feature, and history was made. Davis' strong, stylish art, coupled with Falk's taut storylines, made Mandrake a favorite with readers. Aided by the giant Lothar, Mandrake has fought the good fight for over six decades. The strip offered here, a beautiful example of Davis' art deco stylings, has an image area of approximately 13.75" x 21.25" and is in excellent condition. Signed by Davis in the seventh panel, it would be hard to find a more attractive example of this classic strip.

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