Monday, March 29, 2010
Just Another Mandrake Monday- "The Cape Cod Caper"
Mandrake The Magician#5
Cover: Fred Fredericks
Pencils/Inks: Ray Bailey
Mandrake takes a page from The Phantom in this story and puts his skills to work battling pirates!
I'm not exactly sure how a post-hypnotic suggestion could give a pirate telepathy, but I love that Mandrake sees the message like a home movie!
On an historical note: Henry Morgan WAS a pirate. However, he was also frequently a privateer, a sort of legal pirate, licensed to take enemy ships and towns in a time of war. Morgan was taken to England to be tried for his piracies and was instead knighted and appointed as the governor of Jamaica. So, the idea that he "failed" is pretty laughable.
Sadly, Sir Henry never quite adapted to civilized life. He became bored and depressed as Governor and turned to drinking. I have always found it painfully ironic that a man who drank himself to death has a brand of rum named after him. Tasty, tasty rum.
On a biological note, Moby Dick was a sperm whale. Sperm whales have teeth, not baleen.