Using this translation turn the pages a bit odd - sorry




Adaptation of original strips

for comic book editions

The floating Egyptian


US strip from 29 nov 1934 - From a Turkey comics (e.g.. Nerbini, Italy) - From a big little book 1935

This pictures is from the Mandrake's second daily adventure (e.g. 29.11.1934) where Mandrake meets Narda for the first time.

In the comic book panel the picture have been "stretched" so the Egyptian has floated a bit away from Mandrake, there has been some extra inking on the floor beneath the floating Egyptian and someone thougt Narda was to naced and has done some extra inking on her dress.

The big little book has a very small format and the panel at right have been "shrinked" to fit this format so the Egyptian has floated closer to Mandrake, there has been some re-inking beneath the floating Egyptian, on the wall and on the drapes. There have also been some re-inking on top of the panel to make it taller.

Mandrake and Lothar sitting by the pool and the phone rings ....

Fred Fredericks have given Mandrake a comic book "The Phantom" to read in this strip! A nice crossover joke from Fred Fredericks, but I was writing about adaptions for the comic book format ........

For the Scandinavian marked the publisher Egmonth did a version of this Mandrake adventure as a back up story for their weekly comic book "Fantomen".

Comparing with the b/w strip from 23 sept 1985, printed in the Norwegian newspaper Adresseavisen, we find that in the Norwegian comic "Fantomet" (e.g.. edited for "Fantomen" by the Swedish publisher Egmont) picture 2 and 3 have merged into one new picture to fit the width of the comic book.

To make this Lothar in picture 2 have been replaced with Lothar in picture 3 and there is some re-inking on Mandrake's chair. The "strip" also is colored, translated and re-lettered.

Comparing the color edition of the Indian comic book "Indrajal Comics" with the Norwegian "Fantomet" we find that there are some more pages in the Indian version. Indrajal did their version in a comic book where Mandrake was the main character while Egmonth use their version as a back up story with limited pages to use.

Compared with the newspaper strip we find that the Indrajal Comic panels are longer, and that there have been a lot of re-inking in making them fit the format and page numbers.

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