(born 1929) is an American cartoonist
, who has drawn the Mandrake the Magician
comic strip for over 40 years, taking over for the late Phil Davis
. Creator Lee Falk
modernized the comic when Fredericks took over the strip, making it more reality-based by focusing less on science fiction
, and making Mandrake operate more like a secret agent
, often helping out the police with cases they could not solve.
He is also well known for drawing The Phantom
Sunday strips for almost a decade; Graham Nolan
succeeded him when he decided to concentrate fully on Mandrake.
Additionally, he was well known for writing the comic strip "Rebel" for Scholastic Magazine during the mid and late 60's. He also drew for the following comic books: Nancy
, Boris Karloff
, The Twilight Zone
, Mighty Mouse
, Barney Google and Snuffy Smith
, O.G. Whiz presents Tubby, Bullwinkle
, Mister Ed
and The Munsters
After creator Lee Falk died in 1999, Fredericks has also been responsible for writing the scripts for the Mandrake strip by himself.
Fred Fredericks has a dedicated fanbase throughout the world, and his work is daily seen by thousands of readers in the newspapers.
Fredericks is also well known for inking several comic books
for Marvel Comics
and DC Comics
, for example The Punisher War Journal
, the Ultimate Ninja
, Defenders of the Earth
and G.I. Joe