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Start date: March 21, 1960
End date: June 11, 1960
# of strips: 72 (12 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "Secret of the Sargasso"
Followed by: "The Thief"

"Spooks" is the 106th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

A new grabage machine, just invented by an engineer, is hit by a meteorite. This event transforms the physical state of the creator who now becomes invisible and endowed with extraordinary powers. Taking advantage of that, he commits several misdeeds including the robbery of a bank until Mandrake manages to thwart his plans.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Mr. Pflug, an inventor.
  • Mark, Mr. Pflug's assistant.
  • Mr. Jones, a banker.


  • A small town outside New York.

Behind the scenes

  • The title for this story is taken from the strip of March 21, 1960 (Beginning: "Spooks"!) and March 19, 1960 (Next Week: "Spooks"--).

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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