Comic-Con@Home: Reimagining Mandrake The Magician With Erica Schultz

by Benjamin Hall

Warning of possible spoilers for Legacy of Mandrake the Magician (2020-Present)!

There is an audio delay throughout the video that makes this panel hard to watch. However, it is still possible to hear the questions that King Features editorial director Tea Fougner asks writer Erica Schultz. As for the sneak peaks of art there really isn’t much to see. Mainly a few panels, a cover, and some preliminary work. They do show off a few characters and settings. Also the cover by artist Amelia Vidal features coloring and design work that looks like it is taking inspiration from anime as well.

 

Talk of the upcoming status of the character Mandrake the Magician is minimal. However, Schultz and Fougner do talk a bit about the research that went into this production. Specifically mentioning the assistance King Features gives Schultz in her research of Mandrake. Also Schultz mentions how the 1934 original version of Mandrake is lacking a secret identity. There are also a few bits of the video where Schultz talks about updating the property for modern times. Specifically making the property more socially aware by making certain changes to racist elements. One such change is the character Lothar is an equal partner to Mandrake versus merely being a sidekick.

As per the title Legacy of Mandrake the Magician the focus is on legacy characters. Also Schultz hints that Mandrake is still famous and magic isn’t unknown knowledge. However, whether Mandrake is alive or what his actual connection is to the lead character is unknown. The lead characters are Mandy Paz (Mandrake’s successor) and LJ (Lothar’s son). Both have powers, but LJ’s will be lesser in quantity than Mandy’s and more on the defensive side. Although Mandy’s actual connection to Mandrake is unknown, she can do magic just as Mandrake can. Yet, what the “rules of magic” (which Schultz mentions) and what limits she has to her powers is unknown.

What is known is Mandy’s single mother has a (past?) friendship with Mandrake. Also Schultz describes Mandy as a “proud Latinx girl” but has some self-esteem issues. Schultz also describes LJ and Mandy’s friendship in a way that hints there may never be a real romance. Lastly, it is worth mentioning that Schultz talks about micro-expressions in series artist Diego Giribaldi’s work. Meaning that readers should be getting a lot of subtle characterization via the artwork.

Benjamin Hall

Among Benjamin Hall's many credits he is the creator and writer of the comic Time Trio; a writer/editor of various works for Sequart Organization; Blogger for Rippersspot.blogspot.com; a columnist for Comicon. He holds a Bachelor's in film studies and a Master's Degree in Media Communications. He is also an Aspie.

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