Mandrake the Magician (மாண்ட்ரேக்) is
a U.S. comic strip created in 1934 by Lee Falk (also creator of The Phantom) and mainly appearing in syndication in newspapers. Falk soon gave the job of drawing the comic strip to artist Phil Davis, whilst continuing to write the storylines. Davis worked on the strip until his death in 1964; Falk then recruited current artist Fred Fredericks. On Falk's death in 1999, Fredericks took over writing the strip as well.
Mandrake was an illusionist whose work was based on an impossibly fast hypnotic technique. As the narrator informed us: "Mandrake gestured hypnotically" and the subject or subjects of this
hypnosis would suddenly see a cane transformed in a bouquet of flowers or a cat into a tiger. Mandrake also worked against
crooks and other bad guys in his spare time. In their case, he would gesture hypnotically and they would see their guns change
into snakes or red hot irons.
Leon Mandrake, the stage magician, who was known for his top hat, pencil line moustache and scarlet-lined cape, bears a strong
resemblance to the comic strip character. In fact, Leon Mandrake had been performing for well over ten years before Lee Falk
introduced the comic strip character and today most people would acknowledge the striking resemblance between them. Many diverse
sources assert that the comic character was drawn to resemble Leon. Davis did meet Leon Mandrake, they became good friends
and corresponded for years afterwards.