This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. December Learn how and when to remove this template message Lothar is Mandrake's best friend and crimefighting companion. Lothar was "Prince of the Seven Nations", a mighty federation of jungle tribes; but forbore to become king and instead followed Mandrake on his world travels.
Comics' first super powered hero beating out a certain Man of Steel by a full four years , Mandrake the Magician, with his trusted aide and companion Lothar, could be considered a half-brother to The Phantom, as both were created by Lee Falk. Interestingly, Falk created Mandrake in at the age of 19, and sold it to King Features ten years later. Not comfortable with his artistic ability, Falk hired Phil Davis, a former commercial illustrator, to draw the feature, and a legend was born. Originally gifted with true magical powers, Mandrake's abilities were toned down a bit as the years wore on. Still, being able to "gesture hypnotically" and have people believe what you want them to, is a pretty good superpower in its own right.
Slater on October 31, in Guest Columns Not all comic-book superheroes derive their powers from radiation, toxic spider bites or mutated DNA strands—some are legitimately magical. Challenging mythical creatures and gods to one-on-one combat. Saving the world time and time again with strange incantations that predate modern society—yeah, that kind of kooky magic.