Lothar the Champ

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Lothar the Champ
Start date: November 10th, 1941
End date: July 11th, 1942
# of strips: 210 (35 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Great Grando"
Followed by: "The Rumor Factory"

"Lothar the Champ" is the 26th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Sharpy tricked Lothar into signing a contract, forcing him to wrestle under Sharpy's management. Soon Lothar, "The Jungle King", starts his sensational career as a wrestler.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Snaggle-Tooth Joe, a professional wrestler.
  • Gorilla Mike, a professional wrestler.
  • Sharpy, a manager in the wrestling game.
  • Killer, a professional wrestler.
  • Jerry, the Killer's manager.
  • Joe, a promoter - signing contracts for the fights.
  • Doc Splevin, journalist in Green Sheet Sport.
  • Bonecrusher, a professional wrestler.
  • Nails, a gangster.
  • Bull Burly, the heavyweight wrestling champion of the world.
  • Ed, a gangster at a pool-room.
  • The Grizzly, a new wrestling sensation.


  • New York
  • Spring and Dale Roads, Nail's hangout.

Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of November 8, 1941 (Beginning Monday: "Lothar, the Champ").
  • Note the strip of June 30, 1942. Mandrake have got a wire about a new job, some sort of espionage, in Washington.

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • no given title, Phantom-Heft #5 (1954) edited part of strips from April 4 to May 11 1942

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  • "I pirati del ring" & "I gangsters di nails" & Lothar il campione, Mandrake #9 & #10 & #11 (Comics Stars in the World 1976) note: Italian text.

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