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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.

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The first story in this issue is “The Magic Maker” with (according to comics.org):
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