Still Lovely, Still Deadly

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Still Lovely, Still Deadly
(Re-released in 2023)
Start date: January 9th, 2006
End date: October 7th, 2006
# of strips: 234 (39 weeks)
Writer: Fred Fredericks
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "Treachery... at the Top of the World"
Followed by: "The Hitman from Another Planet"

"Still Lovely, Still Deadly" is the 251st Mandrake daily story. The story was written and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

Narda and Mandrake have been invited to dinner at Linda and Mel's. During their visit Linda and Mel tells about the strange things happening in the house. Mandrake remembered that the house they live in once was the house of Uncle, in the strange case of "The Mystery of the Striped Orchid". The cace with the rare tropical striped orchid that produce a drug-like odor that arouses an urge to kill.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Linda, a new member of the Children's Hospital Committee
  • Mel, Linda's husbond
  • Uncle Junior, son of Uncle.
  • Guran,
  • Mozz, teller of tales
  • The Phantom
  • Sheppy, a drug runner
  • President Luaga, of Bengalla (mentioned only)
  • Ed, a policeman in NYC


  • New York City
  • Bengalla
    • Mawitaan
    • The Scull Cave
  • The Twelve Nations


  • The Striped Orchid
  • Accuna Plant, a deadly jungle plant
  • White Bellflowers, used for antidote

Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of January 9, 2006 (Beginning: Still Lovely, Still Deadly).
  • Mandrake retelling the 1941 daily story "The Mystery of the Striped Orchid".

Re-released story in 2023


  • Start date: 19 June 2023 / End date:


This story has been published in the following publications: