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Created by: Fred Fredericks

"Daredevils of the Red Circle" is a 12-Chapter Republic Movie Serial from 1939 starring Charles Quigley, David Sharpe, Herman Brix (better known under his subsequent stage name, Bruce Bennett) and Charles Middleton. It was directed by William Witney and John English and is often considered one of the better serials produced by Republic. The serial was the fourteenth of the sixty-six serials produced by the studio.

Plot summary

An escaped convict named Harry Crowel (he prefers to be called by his prison number, 39013, pronounced Thirty-nine-Oh-thirteen) sets out to ruin Horace Granville (Miles Mander) by destroying all his holdings and properties. Charles (Ming the Merciless) Middleton plays 39013, who, by wearing a really good mask is posing as Granville.

39013 appearances in the Mandrake strip

Fred Fredericks has inserted the number "39013" several times into the Mandrake strip, for example in pictures of a convict or a mug shot.

Year Daily/Sunday Title Comments
1967 Daily "The Secret Weapon Caper" Prisoner 39013, a mug shot
1970 Daily "Karma's Adventure" Prisoner 39013 Dr. Oork
1970 Daily "The Clay Camel (plus Women's Lib!)" Prisoner 39013 The Clay Camel
1972 Daily "Dr Xoz Prof. of Smells" Prisoner 39013 Dr Xoz
1980 Daily "Hojo and 8" 39013 on a license plate
1985 Daily "Lothar’s Afternoon" 39013 on a window
1989 Daily "King Kered" Prisoner 39013 Derek
1992 Sunday "The Prison Break" Prisoner 39013
1995 Daily "The Monster Thief" Prisoner 39013
1996 Daily "Clay Camel and the Ganglords" Prisoner 39013 a ganglord
1997 Daily "Mandrake's Wedding at the College of Magic" Prisoner 39013 Mandrake
1999 Daily "Siege at Xanadu" Luciphor's car, 39013 on the license plate
2000 Daily "Return of the Clay Camel" Prisoner 39013 Mr. Clay Camel.