And here comes a Mandrake Sunday strip illustrated by original artist Phil Davis. This is sunday strip No. 72 - "The Casino" from 1957. It's not a very long story but I found the story interesting enough to be taken for colouring.
I had downloaded the black and white strip pages from Lothar's blog, which is a fine blog dedicated to Mandrake strips. It seems that he had downloaded it from some newspaper archive and hence the quality of print was not good. A lot of black spots appeared on the pages which required treatment before the strip could aquire some presentable form. Out of eight pages, four were cleaned by somebody (most probably Lothar himself) when I downloaded it. But the remaining four were still in quite a bad condition.
I faced a lot of trouble in removing those black spots. In fact it took more time and effort than colouring itself to clean the pages. another truoble with the pics was that the pages were having some folding lines of newspaper. It required clone brush to correct them. In some balloons, the dialogues were not legible. So those were written again.
Now, after colouring, the final result is quite satisfactory. It is completely transformed into a beautiful story. You can compare the black and white page with the coloured one here to see yourself the transformation.
The story is quite interesting. A new casino is announced to be opened in the city. Police chief is furious about the casino owner "Honest" John's defying act to openly advertise the illegal casino. Actually the crook has devised a foolproof plan to decieve the police and the legal authorities. Police chief finds himself in a helpless condition. Time for Mandrake to act and manage the situation, a job which he executes to perfection.
One more thing, this is NOT the post I was talking about in my previous post. That surprise is coming shortly on this blog. Till then, enjoy this classic Mandrake tale.