8 (story)

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Start date: August 1st, 1977
End date: December 10th, 1977
# of strips: 114 (19 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "Mirage in Space"
Followed by: "The Cooler"

"8" is the 168th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

One day mandrake discovred a plane skywriting an 8, high up in the air. Then something big, a sudden rash of violent bank robberies, all at the same time. 8 suburban banks, all within 8 miles of the city, 8 minutes to 8 - the 6th arm of 8 strikes....


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Morgan, of FBI.



  • 8
  • FBI

Behind the scenes

  • The story title is taken from the plot.
  • Pamet and Collins, refering to Lee Falk's summer house near Truro at Cape Cod.
  • 8 is in a dozen countries, a few thousand agents.
  • Last picture shows the shadow of the Octon.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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