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Mandrake the Magician

Juvenile Adventure series, many of Mandrake's foes were agents of Fascism and Nazism and he spent more time chasing saboteurs and submarines than we would expect for a stage magician.

30 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 4 hours, 43 min)
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Crime Fighting Serial (1940 - 42)


Maaa-nooo-Maaaandraaake-maaaa-nuuuuuu!

Mandrake ComicComic strips and superheroes go together like ice cream and sprinkles, but there was a time when there were no superheroes on the comic pages. Superman and Captain Marvel, first appearing in 1938 and 1939, are some of the earliest "costumed crime-fighters", but there was an even earlier superhero, King Features' Mandrake the Magician began appearing in newspaper comic pages in 1934.

Unlike the Man of Steel and later costumed crime-fighters, Mandrake never had to rely on a secret identity, but he had plenty of super-powers, many of which came in handy for his "day job" as a stage magician. Both his act and much of his crime-fighting were based on an unusually fast hypnosis technique. By simply "gesturing hypnotically", Mandrake was able to make the audience and his enemies see what Mandrake wanted then to see.

Taking a cue from the Man of Steel, Mandrake the Magician was adapted for a Mutual Network series beginning in November 1940 (The Adventures of Superman began broadcast in February of the same year). Mandrake was played by Raymond Edward Johnson, who had developed his radio talents working with Arch Oboler on Lights Out and would go on to create the role of Raymond, the morbid horror host of Himan Brown's Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

Mandrake Radio ShowMandrake the Magician began as a three-days-a-week quarter-hour serial and was expanded to five days per week in 1941. Like many other adventure stories for youngsters of the period, many of Mandrake's foes were agents of Fascism and Nazism, and he spent more time chasing saboteurs and submarines than we would expect for a stage magician. Mandrake's loyal sidekick was the large and powerful African prince Lothar. In the early comic strips, Lothar wore a fez and a leopard skin, and on the radio, his speech pattern was similar to Tonto's from The Lone Ranger. The magician also had a recurring love interest in Princess
Narda from the small European kingdom of Cockaigne (ruled benevolently by her brother Segrid). Narda was played by Francesca Lenni, but for a time stage actress Jessica Tandy filled the role.

The show ran until February 1942, with Mandrake and Lothar traveling the world, working magic, righting wrongs, and making the world a safer and better place.

For more magical shows, see: Blackstone the Magician and The Magic Collection.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    30 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 43 min
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      30 shows - total playtime 4 hours 43 minutes
      1. mandrake.mp3
      2. Mandrake The Magician - 047.mp3
      3. Mandrake The Magician - 048.mp3
      4. Mandrake The Magician - 051.mp3
      5. Mandrake The Magician - 052.mp3
      6. Mandrake The Magician - 055.mp3
      7. Mandrake The Magician - 056.mp3
      8. Mandrake The Magician - 057.mp3
      9. Mandrake The Magician - 058.mp3
      10. Mandrake The Magician - 059.mp3
      11. Mandrake The Magician - 060.mp3
      12. Mandrake The Magician - 061.mp3
      13. Mandrake The Magician - 062.mp3
      14. Mandrake The Magician - 063.mp3
      15. Mandrake The Magician - 064.mp3
      16. Mandrake The Magician - 065.mp3
      17. Mandrake The Magician - 066.mp3
      18. Mandrake The Magician - 067.mp3
      19. Mandrake The Magician - 068.mp3
      20. Mandrake The Magician - 069.mp3
      21. Mandrake The Magician - 070.mp3
      22. Mandrake The Magician - 071.mp3
      23. Mandrake The Magician - 072.mp3
      24. Mandrake The Magician - 099.mp3
      25. Mandrake The Magician - 100.mp3
      26. Mandrake The Magician - 133.mp3
      27. Mandrake The Magician - 134.mp3
      28. Mandrake The Magician - 145.mp3
      29. Mandrake The Magician - 146.mp3
      30. Mandrake The Magician - Captain X-Lothar And Tommy Escape.mp3
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    30 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 43 min
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      30 shows - total playtime 4 hours 43 minutes
      1. mandrake.mp3
      2. Mandrake The Magician - 047.mp3
      3. Mandrake The Magician - 048.mp3
      4. Mandrake The Magician - 051.mp3
      5. Mandrake The Magician - 052.mp3
      6. Mandrake The Magician - 055.mp3
      7. Mandrake The Magician - 056.mp3
      8. Mandrake The Magician - 057.mp3
      9. Mandrake The Magician - 058.mp3
      10. Mandrake The Magician - 059.mp3
      11. Mandrake The Magician - 060.mp3
      12. Mandrake The Magician - 061.mp3
      13. Mandrake The Magician - 062.mp3
      14. Mandrake The Magician - 063.mp3
      15. Mandrake The Magician - 064.mp3
      16. Mandrake The Magician - 065.mp3
      17. Mandrake The Magician - 066.mp3
      18. Mandrake The Magician - 067.mp3
      19. Mandrake The Magician - 068.mp3
      20. Mandrake The Magician - 069.mp3
      21. Mandrake The Magician - 070.mp3
      22. Mandrake The Magician - 071.mp3
      23. Mandrake The Magician - 072.mp3
      24. Mandrake The Magician - 099.mp3
      25. Mandrake The Magician - 100.mp3
      26. Mandrake The Magician - 133.mp3
      27. Mandrake The Magician - 134.mp3
      28. Mandrake The Magician - 145.mp3
      29. Mandrake The Magician - 146.mp3
      30. Mandrake The Magician - Captain X-Lothar And Tommy Escape.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    30 recordings on 5 Audio CDs
    total playtime 4 hours, 43 min

    Mandrake the Magician Disc A001

    1. mandrake
    2. Mandrake The Magician - 047
    3. Mandrake The Magician - 048
    4. Mandrake The Magician - 051
    5. Mandrake The Magician - 052
    6. Mandrake The Magician - 055

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    Mandrake the Magician Disc A002

    1. Mandrake The Magician - 056
    2. Mandrake The Magician - 057
    3. Mandrake The Magician - 058
    4. Mandrake The Magician - 059
    5. Mandrake The Magician - 060
    6. Mandrake The Magician - 061
    7. Mandrake The Magician - 062

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    Mandrake the Magician Disc A003

    1. Mandrake The Magician - 063
    2. Mandrake The Magician - 064
    3. Mandrake The Magician - 065
    4. Mandrake The Magician - 066
    5. Mandrake The Magician - 067
    6. Mandrake The Magician - 068
    7. Mandrake The Magician - 069

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    Mandrake the Magician Disc A004

    1. Mandrake The Magician - 070
    2. Mandrake The Magician - 071
    3. Mandrake The Magician - 072
    4. Mandrake The Magician - 099
    5. Mandrake The Magician - 100
    6. Mandrake The Magician - 133
    7. Mandrake The Magician - 134
    8. Mandrake The Magician - 145

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    Mandrake the Magician Disc A005

    1. Mandrake The Magician - 146
    2. Mandrake The Magician - Captain X-Lothar And Tommy Escape

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