In the Cobra's Grip

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In the Cobra's Grip
Start date: April 19th, 1937
End date: September 11th, 1937
# of strips: 126 (21 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "Mandrake in the Lost World"
Followed by: "Mandrake in America"

"In the Cobra's Grip" is the 9th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Mr. Duchamp found a package at the back door, with a mysterious block of glowing metal. Soon Duchamp is under the spell of the Cobra, a dangerous man with an obsession for power. The natives call him The Wizard. He is adept at hypnosis and telepaty and is a genious in mechanics and chemistry. And he have a dream, - to be the first emperor of the Earth.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Monsieur Duchamp, a world famed chemist.
  • Suzette, daughter of Mr. Duchamp
  • Dr. Andre Petain, Suzette's fiancé.
  • Henri, a waiter.
  • Marie, Duchamp's housekeeper.
  • Igor, one of the Cobra's men.
  • Efraim, a scientist.
  • Oaks, a scientist.
  • Holtz, a scientist.
  • Melankoff, a scientist.


  • France
    • Paris
      • Hotel de Roi
    • Gravet
  • Tibet
    • Ruhai, a village
    • The eastern cave-land, where the five red rivers rise, the Cobra's hide-out.

Behind the scenes


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

Real Life References

  • In 1930 the Epstein family's cook (servant) was the 31 years old Marie Latimore.

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Nelle spire del Cobra" & "La fine del Cobra", Mandrake #26 & #27 (Comics Stars in the World 1977 or 1978) note: Italian text.

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