The Master Magician from King Feature's long- running newspaper comic strip battles a costumed madman through 12 thrilling episodes!! The Wasp, masked leader of an underworld gang, is determined to acquire a fantastic radium-energy machine invented by Professor Houston. His evil machinations to obtain the device include sabotage against public utilities, power plants and radio stations. Most of this mayhem is thwarted because of the timely intervention of the formidable Mandrake (played by future game-show host Warren Hull ), a world-famous magician who has vowed to stop The Wasp. Will Mandrake finally capture the master villain and his gang, thereby saving the world from the sting of The Wasp? And will Mandrake be reunited with Professor Houston's lovely daughter, Betty (Doris Weston) ? Well, you'll have to watch all 12 thrilling chapters to find out! Based on the comic strip created by Lee Falk and Phil Davis, MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN was brought to the big screen by Columbia Pictures in 1939 with several modifications... the elimination of Mandrake's trademark moustache and a thick head of hair on the bald-pated Lothar. Sadly, the beautiful Narda is nowhere in sight. Also stars Al Kikume, Dick Curtis and Rex Downing, directed by Norman Deming & Sam Nelson. This is the full 1939 black & white adventure serial; digitally remastered and recorded in NTSC format on two DVD-R discs, and should play on any standard DVD player. Running time is approximately 2 hours & 20 minutes. Released by Smarty Pants Entertainment in 2008.