Mandrake in the Lost World

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Mandrake in the Lost World
Start date: November 30th, 1936
End date: April 17th, 1937
# of strips: 120 (20 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Slave Traders of Tygandi"
Followed by: "In the Cobra's Grip"

"Mandrake in the Lost World" is the 8th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

After weeks of leisurely travel, Mandrake and Lothar reach Capetown, at that moment a young woman stumbles Instantly gestures and Mandrake Mandrake saves Molly Brunswich from death beneath the wheels of a speeding machine.

Molly, the famed avitrix, was to try a solo flight to the South Pole the next day. Trough the African Broadcasting Company Mandrake listens to Molly, suddenly she reported: steem comming from the ground - I'm falling -- falling.

Mandrake and Lothar rush to the airport, hire a plane and headed for the Antartica. In the middle of the Antartic region, the gasoline supply of the plane suddenly gave up and our friends have to jump out. Alone in the snow our friends start to walk, some houers later they walk through a warm steam wall and ends up in a strange tropical land. A prehistoic land, relict from the mesozoic age of dinosaurs. With both Neanderthal and Cro-Mangon men.

Lance told that his people was enslaved by evil men, coming from the sky. It turns out that Clam Stone discovered the tropical land with its oil deposits while with a scientific expedition. He returned with a gang of rough-necks, enslaved the natives, and started drilling for oil.

At the end our friends returned to Cape Town with Lance and Molly in her plane.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Molly Brunswick, a famed avitrix.
  • Penny, a penguin.
  • Andy, a Neanderthal man.
  • Lance son of Fang, a Cro-Mangon man.
  • Clem Stone, chief of the gang.
  • Barney, a gang member.
  • Spice, a gang member.
  • Bill, a gang member.


  • Capetown, South Africa.
  • The South Pole.

Behind the scenes


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

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • Jutarnji list June 10, 1937 – August 28, 1937
  • "Мандрак на Јужном полу" (romanized as "Mandrak na Južnom polu"), Mika Miš #213#257 (1938; no Mandrake pages in issues #218 and #248)
  • "Мандрак на Јужном полу" (romanized as "Mandrak na Južnom polu"), Zabavnik #105#106 (1941)