Collection à 8 Francs

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(La) Collection à 8 Francs ("Franc" was the French currency before the euro) was a French comic books series, released - without any numbering – from 1944 to 1946 by Editions S.A.G.E, better known for its "Aventures et Mystère" series.

Issue overview

The issues were presented in an oblong format of 26,5 × 17 cm. Their selling price was “8 Francs”, a rather inexpensive cost, but in return the pagination was rather poor (8 pages in black & white). The covers have a distinctive look, being illustrated with colored strips directly taken from the comics. It is noteworthy that the words "Collection à 8 Francs" are not necessary indicated on the front page but the short abbreviation "Prix: 8 F" (Price: 8 F) is always mentionned.

In a total of 66 comic-books, only a few were devoted to Mandrake the Magician.

Regular series

The series featured comics such as: "Alain la Foudre (Dick Fulmine)" by Vincenzo Baggiol and Carlo Cossio (24 issues), "Le Lone Ranger (The Lone Ranger)" by Charles Flanders and Fran Striker (4 issues), "Le Bolide Fantôme" by Vittorio Cossio (1 issue), "Le Fantôme du Bengale (The Phantom)" by Lee Falk and Ray Moore (7 issues), "Jacky Détective" by ? (4 issues), "Jim la Jungle (Jungle Jim)" by Don Moore and Alex Raymond (4 issues), "Mandrake" by Lee Falk and Phil Davis (4 issues), "Raoul et Gaston (Tim Tyler's Luck)" by Lyman Young (9 issues), "Risque Tout" by ? (2 issues) and "X 9 (Secret Agent X-9)" by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond (7 issues).

Issues with Mandrake


At least, one album was made in 1945 with ten previous issues being put together. It contains the two following Mandrake stories: "Le loup-garou" and "Nuit d'épouvante".