Return of the Clay Camel...and Others

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Return of the Clay Camel...and Others
Start date: November 19th, 1990
End date: April 13th, 1991
# of strips: 126 (21 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Other Side of Nowhere"
Followed by: "The Terrorists"

"Return of the Clay Camel...and Others" is the 207th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

The last of 8 hq plan to kill Mandrake. They helped the Clay Camel to escape the prison. Desguised as mr. Stephens he visited Mandrake at Xanadu, asking for help for a research on the Clay Camel.

Clay failed and Mandrake managed to capture the two agents from 8. Soon the last hq of 8 was located at a barge in New York, and the police attack. The hq blow up but the eight people of the council of 8 survived.

Questioning the council of 8 the police manage to find all their secrets and files in a dozen lands; past crimes, planned future crimes, names, dates, places, money, gold, jewels..

The end of 8, but Octon was still missing.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Mr. Stephens, famous mystery writer.



Behind the scenes


  • The story title is taken from the strip of November 19, 1990 (Beginning: Return of the Clay Camel...and Others).

Mandrake Lore

  • The agents of 8 have a powerful tiny bomb inplanted behind each ears.
  • The Octon's hands are like claws. On his left hand he have a ring with the 8 symbole.
  • The Octon ruled with fear and money. Each killer was a millionaire as long he was loyal. Else bombs implanted in their heads was set of by a radio signal.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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