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The Swami
Start date: December 4, 1950
End date: March 17, 1951
# of strips: 90 (15 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Haunted Farm"
Followed by: "Lenore"

"The Swami" is the 60th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Theron contact Mandrake to ask for help. He had discovered that their latest students only intention for learning magic at the College of Magi was to carry out his criminal career. Theron only had one photo of his student. Taken from behind, only showing a man with loving-cup-ears.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • The Swami
  • Cara, Swami's wife.
  • Ambassador of Vosnia.
  • Ambassador of Borgoni.
  • Madam Zorina, a fortuneteller.


Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is given in the strip of December 4, 1950 (Beginning: The Swami).
  • Theron started his letter to Mandrake with: Mandrake, my son.
  • The College of Magic takes only one student every fifth years.

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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