Doctor Congo

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Doctor Congo
Start date: June 26th, 1944
End date: October 7th, 1944
# of strips: 90 (15 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Dome"
Followed by: "The Mirror People"

"Doctor Congo" is the 32nd Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Mrs Dower, an old friend of Narda, believes that the doctor Congo - who has been presented to her by John her nephew - is a brilliant and highly respected physician. In fact the man is a witch-doctor and tries to kill Mrs Dower for her personal money. But Mandrake intervenes to fail the plan.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Mrs. Dower, an old friend of Narda
  • John Dower, Mrs. Dower's nephew
  • Dr. Congo, the only practising witch-doctor in America
  • Marie, Mrs. Dower's maid
  • Joe, one of Dr. Congo's thugs
  • Jerry, one of Dr. Congo's thugs


  • New York (?)
    • Air Port
  • Reedville
    • Grimm House, Dr. Congo's private nursing home

Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of June 26, 1944 (Beginning: Doctor Congo!).
  • In 1930 the Epstein family's cook (servant) was the 31 years old Marie Latimore.
  • In 1943 Cambridge Summer Theatre staged "The Emperor Jones" by Eugene O'Neill the week of August 9, with Lawaune Kennard in the role as "Congo Witch Doctor".

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Il dottor Congo", Mandrake #14 (Comics Stars in the World 1976) note: Italian text.

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