Space Glitch is the third Mandrake story involving The Tourist. In 1955 the original Tourist was seeking real steak and vegetables. In 2001, in the second last Sunday stary "Return of The Tourist", the Tourist was seeking tutti frutti ice cream. In "Space Glitch" the Tourist became enamored with Ma Jeebles sourdough biscuits. I think his meal is complete ... maybe in the next trip he'll be looking for a fine wine.
I have not read "Return of the Tourist". You wouldn't happend to have it available and able to scan and share it with us?
I think it is time Fred Fredericks (whom I respect enormously for his early Mandrake work (second half of the 60s and early 70s)) to zip up the pencil case and concentrate on the scripts Ã¡ lÃ¡ Lee Falk.
I fear that the day Fredericks no longer can do both art and scripts, is the day Mandrake will be discontinued. The strip runs in too few papers nowadays to make it possible to hire a new artist to fill Fred's shoes. The only reason we still see new Mandrake strips I believe is due to Fred's affection for the character. We should be glad if the strip goes into reprints after Fred retires (like Flash Gordon, Tarzan, Popey dailes etc) but I don't know if even that is likely to happend.