Footsteps from the Past

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Footsteps from the Past
(Re-released in 2021)
Start date: February 23th, 2004
End date: August 14th, 2004
# of strips: 150 (25 weeks)
Writer: Fred Fredericks
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Little House That Wasn't There"
Followed by: "Space Glitch"

"Footsteps from the Past" is the 247th Mandrake daily story. The story was written and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

The Great Grando has been released from prison after a long sentence, then a man was seen leaping into the East River. On the dock they found a note which blamed Mandrake for all his trouble, signed Grando. Then the Police Chief introduced the TV producer Meeker for Mandrake. Meeker wanted to make a documentary about The Great Grando and hoped Mandrake could tell everything he know of the master criminal.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Smith, a bank teller
  • Sam, a policeman


  • New York

Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of February 23, 2004 (Beginning: Footsteps from the Past).
  • From March 8 to July 10 this story retelling the 1941 Daily "The Great Grando".
  • Mandrake was a champion boxer at the College of Magic.

Re-released story in 2021


  • Start date: 2 August 2021 / End date: 22 January 2022.


This story has been published in the following publications: