Mandrake's Masquerade - The Xanadu Story

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Mandrake's Masquerade -
The Xanadu Story
Start date: July 12th, 1981
End date: January 31st, 1982
# of strips: 30
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Rat Men"
Followed by: "Centre Stage Terror"

"Mandrake's Masquerade - The Xanadu Story" is the 146th Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

One quiet and relaxing day by the pool Karma ask if Mandrake could tell the story behind how he got his fantastic and fabulous home. During their lunch Mandrake start telling the story:

A few years ago the ambassador of a small nation invited Mandrake to his embassy. He shows Mandrake a painting of their president, apart from the presidents white hair he look exactly alike Mandrake. The ambssador then asked Mandrake for help, if he could take the presidents place for a month. The president needs an operation, but if he leavs the country his enimies would take over and destroy the democraty. On board the plane that was to bring them to the country far away the ambassadors and Mandrake talked about their dream house. Mandrake found that the precidents fiancée and Count Draque were lovers, and that it was them who slowly had poisened the president. With some antidote he quickly revived again.

Two years later an urgent call came from the embassy. The ambassdor took Mandrake for a drive, to Xanadu. The dream house of Mandrake, a gift from a grateful people and their president.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Rudolph, the president.
  • Reeves, the president's butler.
  • Anne Marie, the president's maid.
  • Eric, the president's guard dog.
  • Draque, Count and the president's most dangerous opponent and Lucrece's lover.
  • Lucrece, the president's fiancée.


  • New York City
  • A far away country.

Behind the scenes

  • The story starting with "For those who came in late", presenting: Mandrake, Princess Narda, Lothar, The Police Chief, Jed, Hojo, and Xanadu.
  • At the index the title for this story is "Mandrake's Masquerade - The Xanadu Story", were Mandrake's Masquerade is lifted from the strip of September 9, 1981 while The Xanadu Story is lifted from Mandrake's last words of the story.

Related stories

Retelling the story The Double, and the first weeks of The Sign of 8.

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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