The Mystery of the Big Trees

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The Mystery of the Big Trees
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Start date: May 8, 1949
End date: August 7, 1949
# of strips: 14 (14 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "Fear Island"
Followed by: "Jungle Adventure"

"The Mystery of the Big Trees" is the 43rd Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

As the Argos stops at a West Africa port to take on fuel and supplies, Mandrake and Narda takes of in the small amphib to explore the near-by country. They see a small valley with an amazing forest, with the bigest trees they have ever seen. Back at the dock, they decide to make a safari to the giant forest, but when they question natives about it, the natives flee in terror: "Big trees ! Taboo !.

Appearances

Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • A local trader
  • Grant, a hunter who disappeared in the forest
  • Squirrel" men, or tree people

Locations

  • West Africa
    • A port
    • A village in the treetops

Vehicles

  • S.S. Argus, Blaine's yacht.


Behind the scenes

  • The title for this story is taken from the strip of May 8, 1949 (Beginning: The Mystery of the Big Trees !).

Reprints

This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Mandrake i kjempeskogen", Skippern (1953)

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