Fred Fredericks

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Fred Fredericks
Born Harold Fredericks, Jr.
August 9, 1929
Died March 10, 2015(2015-03-10) (aged 85)
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Mandrake the Magician, The Phantom, Nth Man

Harold "Fred" Fredericks, Jr. (August 9, 1929 – March 10, 2015) was an American cartoonist, who drew the Mandrake the Magician comic strip from June 1965, taking over for the late Phil Davis. Creator Lee Falk modernized the comic when Fredericks took over the strip, making it more reality-based by focusing less on science fiction and fantasy, and making Mandrake operate more like a secret agent, often helping out the police with cases they could not solve.

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After Mandrake creator Lee Falk died in 1999, Fredericks became responsible for writing the scripts for the Mandrake strip by himself. The Mandrake Sunday page continued until the final (187th) story, "Shadows on Devil Road", ending December 29, 2002.

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In 2013, Fredericks retired, and the Mandrake daily comic strip went into reprints from 1995 beginning on July 8, 2013. He died March 10, 2015. [2] [3]

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