Il sottomarino corsaro

Il sottomarino corsaro is an Italian made Mandrake story from 1962  printed only once, in I Classici dell’Avventura # 21.

The story is made using a collage technique, based on an already existing war comic, possible made by Tullo Palasciano.

The original story was edited a bit where the artist cut out parts of foreground pictures he wanted to work with and glued them onto cardboards.

He then looked through Mandrake stories by Phil Davis, cut out figures or parts of figures he wanted and glued them onto the cardboards.

Next the artist added the panel borders, captions and speech balloons. He added missing ink on the foreground pictures and added shading and background.

After the lettering the artist now had a “new” Mandrake story.


The original story have 5 pages in color and 5 pages in b/w. I removed the colors, edited the inking a bit and added new coloring.

Based on the english translation, made by my friend Alain, I rewrote the story.

Download: The Submarine Pirates

Four Color Comics #752 – Mandrake the Magician

Four Color, also known as Four Color Comics and One Shots, was a long-running American comic book anthology series published by Dell Comics between 1939 and 1962. The title is a reference to the four basic colors used when printing comic books (cyan, magenta, yellow and black at the time). The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide lists well over 1,000 individual issues, ending with #1354.

#752 from November 1956 was dedicated to Mandrake the Magician.


The first story in this issue is “The Magic Maker” with (according to
Script: Lee Falk (plot); Paul S. Newman; Marshall McClintock
Pencils: Stan Campbell
Inks: Stan Campbell
Colors: ?
Letters: Ben Oda

Characters: Mandrake the Magician; Narda; Dr. Phantasmo (villain, intro)
Synopsis: Mayoral candidate Burke Cavan hires rogue magician Dr. Phantasmo to use his hypnotic powers to disrupt the campaign of this opponent, incumbent Mayor Hillford.

Notes: The villain Dr. Phantasmo has the same name as an old Dell super-hero. Script, plot, pencils, inks, and letters credits for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007).

Download: The Magic Maker

Dedicated to Lee Falk and Mandrake the Magician