Hojo and 8

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Hojo and 8
Start date: December 15th, 1980
End date: March 14th, 1981
# of strips: 79 (13 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "Aleena the Enchantress"
Followed by: "Mandrake's Family"

"Hojo and 8" is the 175th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

An ambassador is kidnapped on a city street and, lost at the scene a cuff link with the symbole "8". Out on the street Mandrake gives the cuff link to Hojo, but they are being observed by a ferret of 8. Octon are not aware that Hojo is also the mysterious Chief of Inter-Intel, but orders the 6th arm of 8 to abduct Hojo, to ask him out on why he received the cuff link.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Ferret of 8, who cases the scene.
  • Hunter of 8, who commits the crime.
  • X of 8, the executioners or killers of 8.
  • The council of 8.



Behind the scenes


  • The title for the story is lifted from the plot.

Mandrake Lore

  • Hojo is Mandrake's super-chef and major domo. He is super-scholar, fluent in 10 languages and reads 12 more. He is also 10th degree black belt, judo and karate. At Inter-Intel he is known only as a janitor.
  • Mandrake tells Lothar that Hojo is the mysterious and secret Chief of Inter-Intel.

Easter Eggs

  • 39013 on a license plate.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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