Prisoner in Cell 13

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Prisoner in Cell 13
(Re-released in 2019)
Start date: February 4th, 2002
End date: May 11th, 2002
# of strips: 84 (14 weeks)
Writer: Fred Fredericks
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "Tollbooth of Terror"
Followed by: "The Fear Machine"

"Prisoner in Cell 13" is the 241st Mandrake daily story. The story was written and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

Eric comes in an unexpected visit to his uncle at Xanadu, to ask a special favor. His father is in desperat trouble. Derek is scheduled to be executed by a firing squad in the country of Tranquilla in 48 houres. Due to cheating general Regaz in a card game and having a romance with the dictators wife.

Mandrake heading to Tranquilla and with help from Lupita he managed to get inside cell 13 and switch identity with his twin brother. Both Derek and mandrake managed to escaped Tranquilla, but Derek had an unusual way to thank his brother for help. Still disguised as Mandrake, Derek managed to clean out Mandrake's entire bank account.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • General Regaz, dictator in Tranquilla.
  • Lupita, wife of General Regaz.


  • New York
  • Xanadu
  • The country of Tranquilla (an island?)

Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of February 9, 2002 (Beginning: Prisoner in Cell 13).

Re-released story in 2019


  • Start date: 15 July 2019 / End date: 19 October 2019


This story has been published in the following publications:

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