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Start date: October 12, 1959
End date: December 26, 1959
# of strips: 66 (11 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Spaceman Mystery"
Followed by: "Secret of the Sargasso"

"Shirlana" is the 104th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

The red haired Lady Shirlana lives in a shining marble manson on the Riviera. She is one of the richest and prettiest, and certainly the most spoiled, heiress in the world. Now she has a problem. Unless she marry this year, her fathers fortune goes to the society for a new alphabeth. And Shirlana would only receive a modest income.

But how can she find a man good enough for her? She ordered her lawyer to search the world to find her a suitable man.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Lady Shirlana
  • Jack, Shirlana's lawyer.
  • Myron Byron, a movie star.


  • The Riviera


  • S.S. Argos Note: Named in the following story

Mandrake gestures hypnotically

  • Hypnosis; create illusions at the ambassador's charity ball.
  • Hypnosis; makes Lady Shirlana think she is a cat.
  • Hypnosis; Mandrake's fist seems to be gigantic.

Behind the scenes

  • The title for this story is taken from the strip of October 20, 1959 (Next Week: "Shirlana" -).
  • Looking at the strip of October the 10th 1959 the third panel have a picture of a Nobel prize-winning writer -remarkable alike Lee Falk!

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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