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(Re-released in 2016)
Start date: September 14th, 1998
End date: December 12th, 1998
# of strips: 78 (13 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "Mandrake's Wedding at Xanadu"
Followed by: "The Fisherman"

"Aliens" is the 229th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

Narda had a nightmare about alians and when she woke up the a big yellow shining eye at the window. Next morning Mandrake tells about an alien he once saw, a man chasing butterflies.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Mekax, a butterfly man - a collector.
  • Two egg shaped alians.



  • A egg carton shaped alien space ship.

Behind the scenes


  • The story title is lifted from the plot.

Related stories


  • In the strip of November 3 Mandrake continues on to tell the Butterfly Man story, and Lothar says he also saw the man with the butterfly net. It's a bit strange. Many years ago Mandrake disappeared in midair, while Lothar watching. Despite the fact that Narda thought it sounded impossible she joined Lothar in his search for Mandrake. Now, as Mandrake tells the story, it shows that he never spoke about his experiences in the parallel universe, neither to Narda or Lothar.

Re-released story in 2016


  • Start date: 22 Feb 2016 / End date: 21 May 2016


This story has been published in the following publications:

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