FRED FREDERICKS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/13/1979 - HFSID 186520
Sale Price $180.00
FRED FREDERICKS. ALS: "Fred/Fredericks", 1p, 5x8. No place, but probably
Eastham, Massachusetts, 1979 December 13. On ruled yellow sheet to "Dear Ms. Snow".
In full: "Here's the sketch of Mandrakethat you requested! Thank you for your interest!
Cordially". Sketch not present. Harold "Fred" Fredericks, Jr. (1929-2015) took over drawing
the comic strip, "Mandrake the Magician", in early 1965, shortly after the death of the
strip's creator, Phil Davis, in 1964. Fredericks, who had worked for "The Press" of Atlantic
City from 1947-1949, drew a strip, "Salty Ranks" after joining the U.S. Marine Corps in
1950. After his discharge in 1953, Fredericks, a veteran of the Korean War, began drawing
historic strips and panels, including "New Jersey's Patriots" (1957-1959) and "Under the
Stars and Bars" (1960). In 1960, he became a comic book artist, contributing to a number of
Dell and Gold Key titles (as diverse as "Daniel Boone" and "The Blue Phantom") before
taking over the "Mandrake" strip. Fredericks and his family moved to their home in Eastham,
on Cape Cod, in 1972. Slightly creased. Fine condition.
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