The Big New Mood for the Year Just Dropped

That feeling when Mandrake the Magician has included you in mass hypnotism in order to feel like a turnip.

Panel of a 1950s Sunday _Mandrake the Magician_ comic strip (in black and white) showing Narda as a stalk of celery, Mandrake as a carrot, and Lothar as a turnip. All these vegetables are human-size or taller, with human legs sticking out, and they stand at the edge of the river next to a canoe. Narda says, 'Mandrake, are my eyes fooling me? You do look like a --- carrot.' Mandrake: 'Mass hypnotism, Narda. This time I included you and Lothar in it.' Lothar: 'Me feel like turnip!'
Panel from Lee Falk and Phil Davis’s Mandrake the Magician for the 16th of October, 1949, and reprinted the 30th of January, 2022. Content warning for the whole comic: it’s got a 1949 White Guy depiction of “an African cannibal tribe”. (Mandrake did his mass hypnosis thing so the cannibals would see them as talking vegetables and, uh, find the whole situation kind of weird.) Also, you can see, this is from before they decided Lothar should talk like someone who’s been speaking English for decades.

Yes, I too would like to know what sensations mark this as specifically turnip rather than a yam or a beet or any other root vegetable. Heck, if I were Lothar I’d be tempted to insist that Mandrake had made me a fantastic impersonation of a parsnip, even as I knew he saw turnip, just to screw with Mandrake’s head.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

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