Spécial Mandrake (Mondes Mystérieux)
The first series was based on the Italian series Mandrake Super Albo and was published in France by Les Editions des Remparts, a French comics editor based in Lyon, but it was in fact translated and printed in Italy by Fratelli Spada. It was also occasionally distributed in Quebec, Canada by Presses Selection Limitée in Montreal.
99 issues were published from 1963 to 1972, in a larger format than the regular Mandrake series, and was monthly for most of its run. The issues featured dailies and Sundays, from Phil Davis to Fred Fredericks, and occasionally other back-up comics.
Unsold copies were later glued together with a new outer cover and sold as "albums" under two different series : firstly, there were 16 albums, containing issues # 5 to 46, followed by 21 other albums, containing issues # 47 to 97. However, in some of these albums, the inside regular issues have been retaken in an erratic order when not simply missing...
Spécial Mandrake Album (initial running)
Spécial Mandrake Album (new running)
The unsold issues from the "Spécial Mandrake" series #47 to #97 were collected into albums. Each album collected 3 issues from the regular "Spécial Mandrake" series, starting with #47-#49.
Since this was unsold issues the publishe now and then did not have enough unsold "Spécial Mandrake" to put into the albums. Then other older issues from the "Spécial Mandrake" series or issues from other series were put into the albums.
Spécial Fantôme Album (new running)
The unsold issues from the "Spécial Mandrake" series #98 and #99 were collected into the "Spécial Le Fantôme" album series.
Spécial Mandrake - Nouvelle Série
On the basis of the Italian series "I Quaderni del Fumetto" and "Flash Gordon" Les Editions des Remparts released four new series in 1973: "Spécial Mandrake" Nouvelle Série, "Spécial Le Fantôme" Nouvelle Série, "Parade de la bande dessinée" and "Flash Gordon" Guy l'Eclair. These four series have the same covers and format as the Italian series, but the Mandrake and Phantom issues have other stories inside. Strangly enough, it seems that "Spécial Mandrake" #6 never was printed.
Starting from #7 the "Spécial Mandrake" series printed issues 4 to 19 from the Italian Mandrake Selezione series.
Spécial Mandrake Album
After the last issue of the series issues 7 to 18 was collected into Albums with "new" covers.
|Mandrake publications in France|
L'âge d'or – Mandrake • Aventures et Mystère • Collection à 8 Francs • Collection Mandrake • Collection merveilleuse • Les héros du mystère • Les maîtres de la bande dessinée / Bande pourpre • Mandrake - Mondes Mystérieux • Mandrake le Magicien • BD V.F. -Mandrake le Magicien • Futuropolis Copyright - Mandrake le Magicien • Mandrake le Magicien - L'intégrale • Mandrake roi de la magie • Spécial Mandrake - Mondes Mystérieux
|As back-up title||
Comics 130 (issue 3) • Hardy présente "Donald" • Le Fantôme Spécial • Hop-là! • Janus Stark • Le Journal de Mickey • Le Journal de Mickey (Hors-série) • Robinson • Robinson et Hop-là ! réunis • Roy Rogers
|Mandrake publications by country|
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