Countdown to Oblivion

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Countdown to Oblivion
(Re-released in 2019)
Start date: August 6th, 2001
End date: November 10th, 2001
# of strips: 84 (14 weeks)
Writer: Fred Fredericks
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Missing Aviatrix"
Followed by: "Tollbooth of Terror"

"Countdown to Oblivion" is the 239th Mandrake daily story. The story was written and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

At night in the great city park a lonly jogger was struct down and his running shoes of pure gold was stolen by a gang of mugger. The robbers were not aware of that the jogger was Prince of Bela, on Earth to practice for the Central Galaxy marathon which was to take place on Magna. Magnon projected his image to Xanadu, to warn Mandrake. The King of Bela said that unless his son's golden running shoes are found and returned within 48 hours the he vowed to destroy Earth.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Dodo, a park mugger
  • Skratch, a park mugger
  • Phink, a park mugger
  • Prince of Bela (the jogger)
  • King of Bela (mentioned only)
  • Van, a TV show host
  • Doctor Hi-5, the Crown Prince of Hip-Hop (Lothar in disguise)
  • Patti, a policewoman


  • New York City
    • The great city park
    • Xanadu
  • Bela, a planet (mentioned only)

Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of August 6, 2001 (Beginning: Countdown to Oblivion).

Re-released story in 2019


  • Start date: 14 January 2019 / End date: 20 April 2019


This story has been published in the following publications: