|Start date:||March 24, 1969|
|End date:||July 12, 1969|
|# of strips:||96 (16 weeks)|
|Preceded by:||"Battle of Xanadu"|
|Followed by:||"The Bribe"|
The rich and eccentric Count Lode has got himself a new hobby, as a collector of the world's best. He has acquired electric platinum collars to control his victims, and and a chemical amnesia substance so he can return his victim when he is bored of them. Regrettably, the chemical substance have a side effect, the victim will forget his art.
Count Lode's new hobby was a great success, until he decided to kidnap the world's greatest magician and the world's strongest man.
- Count Lode, one of the world's ten richest men.
- Grischa, Count Lode servant.
- Vivari, the world's greatest violinist.
- Piotre, the world's greatest pianist.
- Caretta, the world's greatest tenor.
- Cy, the world's best pole-vaulter.
- Orsella, the world's greatest ballerina.
- Mrs. Vanderbuck, chief of United Charity.
- Mrs. G, working for Count Lode.
- Metcalf's ltd, an exclusive London shop.
- Count Lode's private island just of Africa's east coast.
Behind the scenes
- The title for the story taken from the strip of March 24, 1969 (Beginning: The Connoisseur).
- A new way to Inter-Intel, through a butcher shop, down a long slide, on a speeding sidewalk, then up a high escalator.
- On Jed's office door: Jed Carr - Bureau Head (strip of Mars 11,1966).
This story has been published in the following publications:
- "O Colecionador", Mandrake #159 (1969)
- "no title given", Spécial Mandrake #2 (1974)
- "Le collectionneur", Le Journal de Mickey #1623 to #1635 (1983)
- "Le collectionneur", Donald Magazine #83-32 to #83-44 (1983)
- "The Missing Celebrities" Indrajal Comics #132 (1971)
- "The Island of No Return", Indrajal Comics Vol. 24 No. 2 (1987)
- "L'intenditore", Mandrake #175, #176 and #177 (1970)
- "L'intenditore", I Quaderni del Fumetto #7 (1974)
- "O Misterioso Conde Lode", Mundo de Aventuras #1076 (1970)
- "Çılgın Milyarder", Mandrake #38 #39 (1975)
- "Çılgın Milyarder", Mandrake Albüm #13
- "Çılgın Milyarder", Mandrake Albüm #217 #218
- "Çılgın Milyarder", Mandrake #38
- "Çılgın Milyarder", Mandrake Süper Albüm #11
- "Çılgın Milyarder", Mandrake Süper Albüm #49 #50
- "Otmičar iz dosade", Super EKS Almanah #9 (1980)