Dr Xoz Prof. of Smells

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Dr Xoz Prof. of Smells
Start date: October 23rd, 1972
End date: January 13th, 1973
# of strips: 72 (12 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "Trail of the Pusher"
Followed by: "The Ratmen of Rodencia"

"Dr Xoz Prof. of Smells" is the 152nd Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

At the university the eccentric Dr. Xoz' request for research found was refused and his job was terminated. He did try to contact the foundation and the town council to help him with the founds for his research. They all found him some kind of crackpot and refused to help.

Dr. Xoz warned all about plague, if they did not help him so he could continue his work. First hundreds of dogs and thousands of rats invaded the town square. Then Dr. Xoz predict a plague that would destroy the town's industry.

Narda found the story so interesting that she wanted to write a magazine article about Dr. Xoz. She visit Dr. Xoz at his lab in 27 North Pamet, but soon find Dr. Zox a bit to eccentric.

Mandrake and Lothar rescued her in the Wollen Mills, sprayed with syntetic scent to attract millions of moths.

After a furious chasing Dr. Xoz was sentenced to five years in prison. Mandrake manage to get him a lab in jail, as he said: "the line between fanatic and genius is something vague".


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Dr. Xoz, chromatograph expert.
  • Barbara, editor of a magazine and friend of Narda.


  • New York City
    • 27 North Pamet, Dr. Xoz' address.
    • Wollen Mills, the only industry in the town.


Behind the scenes


  • The title for the story taken from the strip of October 23, 1972 (Beginning: Dr. Xoz -- "Prof. of Smells").

Real Life References

  • 27 North Pamet, refering to Lee Falk's summer house near Truro at Cape Cod.

Easter Eggs

  • Dr Xoz has prison number 39013.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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