|First appearance:||"The Cobra"|
|Created by:||Lee Falk and Phil Davis|
Fictional Character Biography
The Cobra is Mandrake's most evil and dangerous foe. In a story from 1937, the Cobra was apparently defeated; however, he returned with a vengeance in a story from 1965. This time hiding his face (scarred and disfigured in battle with Mandrake) behind a menacing silver mask.
In later years, the Cobra abandoned his silver mask as his face had been reconstructed through surgery. The Cobra is sometimes accompanied by his assistant Udd.
Mandrake learned that The Cobra's true identity was Luciphor, Theron's oldest son — thus making The Cobra Mandrake's half-brother.
The Cobra has appeared in these stories:
|1937||Daily||"In the Cobra's Grip"|
|1965||Sunday||"The Cobra Returns"||with a silver mask and real name Luciphor|
|1967||Daily||"The Return of Evil - The Cobra"|
|1969||Daily||"The Cobra Strikes (The College of Magic)"|
|1974||Daily||"The Cobra and the Cube"|
|1974||Daily||"The Search for the Cobra"|
|1975||Daily||"The Frame-Up"||just a glimpse at the end|
|1979||Daily||"Mandrake's Gangster Gallery"|
|1981||Daily||"Mandrake's Family"||Mandrake's half brother|
|1984||Daily||"Behind Death's Door"||without the silver mask|
|1992||Daily||"The Book of Criminals"|
|1995||Daily||"Pursuit of the Cobra"|
|1999||Daily||"Siege at Xanadu"||first time in the strips, Luciphor and Derek meet each other as adults|
|2012||Daily||"Melody of Doom"|
|2013||Phantom Sunday||"Mandrake's Bon Voyage"|