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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Comic #55 : Mandrake Sunday: S138(Mandrake and Ali-Petro)
Another fun-filled MTM Sundays from late '70s appeared in Indrajal Comics as 'Curse of Gold'(Eng #340) & 'Sorner Ovishaap'(Ben #318).Now,if fans read the Ijc version,they will see an European rich man(Count Ali-Petro) while in the original strip,he was an Arabian sheik(Sheik Ali-Petro)!!! So this is another case of strange censorship,and while the reason was undoubtedly political ,but hey,things are not so simple!! Because this 'Curse of gold' published in the Dec,1979 while just after 3-4 years,another comic(based on another Arabian sheik) was published in the Indrajal's Aug,1983 issue,titled 'The Avaricious Prince' (V20 N32; S148 - Prince Nasdaq) where that sheik was more nasty,yet NO censorship was done either on his costume or name!! Well,as you know,sometimes ToI's treatments with strips were very strange!
Now,enjoy this strip & have some glimpses on some pages of the Indrajal's version..
About this story,personally,I loved that part of the "Midas touch" and the final quote from Mandrake:"gold can't buy everything..sometimes,not even water"!!