Heroes(?) of Lemuria Pt.3
Mandrake the Maligician (That no good, hard to kill side quest boss) – Mandrake the Magician
Mandrake was once a normal, mild-mannered jungle plant, given unexpected powers when the skies of Lemuria changed, and for some reason it decided to use those powers for evil instead of good.
Mandrake the Magician was a syndicated newspaper comic strip, created by Lee Falk (before he created The Phantom). Mandrake began publication on June 11, 1934. Phil Davis soon took over as the strip’s illustrator, while Falk continued to script. The strip was distributed by King Features Syndicate.
Mandrake, along with the Phantom Magician in Mel Graff’s The Adventures of Patsy, is regarded by comics historians as the first superhero of comics, such as comics historian Don Markstein, who writes, “Some people say Mandrake the Magician, who started in 1934, was comics’ first superhero.”
These articles on the Heroes of Lemuria are what got me started on my quest to catalog all of the pop culture references in Wizard101. This is the third of sixteen Lemurian articles put together to allow younger players (I’m in my 50s and had only a passing familiarity with most of the references) to see the inspirations for characters and creatures within this wonderful game .
Text for this article has been excerpted from the wiki articles linked above.
Mandrake the Magician image is (c) King Features Syndicate