Mandrake was created by Lee Falk. Falk's career began in advertising. He then moved to radio. His interest in magic led him to create a character who would solve crimes and mysteries through the use of reason and magic. King Feature Syndicate bought the idea and Mandrake debuted on June 11, 1934. A Sunday feature began in February of 1935. Phil Davis' artwork was appropriate for the fantasy and mystical adventures in which Mandrake and his giant bodyguard, Lothar, found themselves.
This Mandrake Big Little Book® contains two stories. The first is taken from the opening episode of the strip, beginning June 11, 1934, and ending November 24, 1934. The second is from the third episode, beginning February 25, 1935, and ending June 15, 1935.
Mandrake first appeared on radio as a 15-minute serial on station WOR on November 11, 1940. The main characters, Mandrake, Lothar, and Princess Narda solved mysteries and battled evil until the series ended on February 6, 1942. Raymond Edward Johnson played Mandrake. His voice was ideal for the magician who chanted "invovo legem magicarum." Johnson is best remembered for his later work as Raymond, the host of Inner Sanctum Mysteries.