COMIC-BOOK CREDENTIALS: Mandrake appeared in comics published by King Features, as well as appearing in animated TV series Defenders of the Earth, alongside comic-book characters Flash Gordon and the Phantom.
COMIC-BOOK WEAKNESSES: Despite appearing alongside some of the greatest heroes of them all, Mandrake’s comic-book career has hardly been stellar stuff and at times he’s come across as nothing more than a glorified Paul Daniels.
SKILLS/ABILITIES: Master of magic, spells and illusions; owner of top hats, has own mustache…
REASON FOR RECRUITMENT:
REASON FOR RECRUITMENT: With Mandrake’s magical abilities he can send enemies into spellbound frenzies with just the flick of his wrist and a mutter of the odd mystical phrase. He’d also be great at kids parties, so could work with Eric Draven to infiltrate birthday bashes and celebrations. His magic should help him out of any dangerous situation and his mustache should help him attract ‘the ladies’.
POTENTIAL RISK: Mandrake’s use of the mystical arts could anger the Magic Circle…and you don’t want to piss those guys off! Could end up with missions being compromised by the interference of the entire Circle and this could lead to numerous attempts to saw teammates in half.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: Pretty good. Magician/illusionist/exhibitionist David Blaine managed to survive on ‘nothing’ whilst suspended high in a Plexiglas box over the River Thames, so Mandrake should have no trouble.
IN EVENT OF DEATH BEFORE MISSION... LIKELIHOOD OF REPLACEMENT WITH WOLVERINE: Not bloody likely! Wolverine’s crap at magic and he would scare off kids at birthday parties.