Space Glitch

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Space Glitch
(Re-released in 2022)
Start date: August 16th, 2004
End date: January 22nd, 2005
# of strips: 138 (23 weeks)
Writer: Fred Fredericks
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "Footsteps from the Past"
Followed by: "Blizzard of Crime"

"Space Glitch" is the 248th Mandrake daily story. The story was written and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

Two years ago the Space Warden was to project herself and the Tourist to the year 6002. But a space glitch split them up and the Space Warden was projected beck to Earth and the Tourist to an unknown place. Now she want Mandrake to help her finding the Tourist while she recover from space debris, and suddenly Mandrake found himself in Tombstone, in the year 1881.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Tex, a stagecoach guard
  • Curley, a coachman
  • Old Man Clanton, a gunfighter
  • Clayton, son of Old Man and a gunfighter
  • Clayton, son of Old Man and a gunfighter
  • Ma Jeebles, a cook and restaurant owner
  • Bumpas Clanton, son of Old Man and a gunfighter
  • Wyatt Earp, the new lawman in Tombstone


  • Xanadu
  • Tombstone, in the year 1881
    • O.K. Corral

Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of August 16, 2004 (Beginning: Space Glitch).
  • The Tourist first showed up in the 1955 daily story "The Tourist" and next in the 2001 Sunday story "Return of the Tourist".
  • The Space Warden first showed up in the 2001 Sunday story "Return of the Tourist".

Re-released story in 2022


  • Start date: 24 January 2022 / End date: 2 July 2022.


This story has been published in the following publications: