Profiled: Mandrake cartoonist Phil Davis

The King Features Syndicate archivist profiles Phil Davis who was the artist behind Lee Falk’s Mandrake the Magician.

When Lee Falk created MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN, he originally thought he might draw the feature as well as write it, but early on he realized his cartooning skills would not be equal to the task. Fortunately, he had been associated with an accomplished cartoonist back in hometown St. Louis, Mo., Phil Davis, and a creative team was formed.