|Start date:||September 14th, 1942|
|End date:||April 10th, 1943|
|# of strips:||180 (30 weeks)|
|Preceded by:||"The Rumor Factory"|
|Followed by:||"The Witch of Kaloon"|
Narda meets Baron Kord, a mysterious stranger who falls in love with her at first sight. Baron Kord invites Narda and Mandrake to a costume ball, to be given in Narda's honor. Mandrake doesn't want to go, byt Narda insists. Soon are our friends on a strange island, where Baron Kord's workers are enslaved, drugged so that they appear as zombies. The Kordies are midless, lifeless and move only to work and obey. In secretly Baron Kord has made a large stock of his Kordie drug and plans to conquer the world by adding the drug into the water supply. In city after city, nation after nation, until he is the suprime master of millions without the will to resist him.
- Baron Kord
- Trina, sister of Baron Kord.
- Rugg, a kordie.
- New York
- West Indies
- Kord Key, an island.
Behind the scenes
- The title for the story is taken from the plot.
- Mandrake is very jealous and angry at the beginning of this story.
- A Cordie is a term for an army cadet from the Royal Military College Duntroon in Canberra, Australia. An explanation of the origin of the term is: John R. Hall in The Real John Kerr (Sydney, 1978), pp. 70-71, explains how some administrators sent to New Guinea in 1945 by the Australian Minister for Transport and Territories, Eddie Ward, in order to set in train new policy initiatives, were disparagingly referred to by the 'old guard' as "Wardie's Kordies". Hall explains the term Kordies: The second word was taken from Korda, a sinister, slimey and manipulative character in the Women's Weekly cartoon "Mandrake the Magician".
This story has been published in the following publications:
- "L'isola degli uomini spenti" & "Tiranni alla sbarra", Super Albo #34 & #36 (1963)
- "L’isola degli uomini spenti", Mandrake - New Comics Now #182 (1986)
- "L'isola degli uomini spenti", Mandrake 22 (Comic Art) (1993)
- "L’isola degli uomini spenti", Club dei Trenta #39 (200?)
- "Diabolica conjura", Los Clásicos Americanos de El Boletín - Mandrake #15 (1992)
- "no title", The Official Mandrake #3, – #4 and The Official Mandrake Limited #1 (1989)
- "Island of the Kordies", The Classic Mandrake Series (second series)/ "Two Thrills for Mandrake" (Pacific Comics Club) (2016)