The Trouble with Hobbies

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The Trouble with Hobbies
Start date: July 29th, 2001
End date: December 2nd, 2001
# of strips: 19
Writer: Fred Fredericks
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Bank Mystery"
Followed by: "Return of the Tourist"

"The Trouble with Hobbies" is the 185th Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

A year ago Sonny stole "the Pearl of Ragoon", worth millions, and hide them in a little stream. He went to jail on a lesser charge, and when he got out he was going to pick up the pearls. But then came Herkimer Hobbs and Blue....

Herkimer Hobbs have a unusual hobby, he test cliches and old sayings. When he was going for the cliché: You can lead a horse to wather, but you can't make it drink, the horse "Blue" found a package in the water. Then somebody shooting and the horse run of with the package, to the front gate of Xanadu. Riding on the horse, Mandrake tried to find the horse owner....


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Herkimer Hobbs
  • Blue, a horse
  • Sonny, a thief
  • Gross, a thief and friend of Sonny
  • Glenda, undercover police officer


  • Xanadu, below

Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of July 29th, 2001 (Beginning: The Trouble with Hobbies !).


This story has been published in the following publications:

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