Taboo Land

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Taboo Land
Start date: February 24th, 1952
End date: July 6th, 1952
# of strips: 20 (20 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Jungle Fullback"
Followed by: "The Doorway to Z"

"Taboo Land" is the 53rd Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Mr. Bucks' only son was an explorer. Fifteen years ago he took his wife and their little girl on an expedition to find Taboo Land". They were abushed by savages and Mr. Bucks gave them up for dead years ago.

Now Mr. Bucks read an article in the paper, about a white queen in Taboo Land. Could she be Diane, his missing granddaughter ? He hired Mandrake to lead a safari into the unknown Taboo Land to find out.

Beyond the misty mountains, sourrounden by volcanos, our friends discovered an ancient Mayan city. A magnificent ancient civilization with a white queen.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Archer, at The Explorers' Club.
  • Mr. Bucks, wishes to finance an expedition.
  • Diane, Mr. Bucks' granddaughter.


  • The Caribbean
    • The Explorers' Club
  • Rio de Oro, mentioned only.
  • Taboo Land, deep in the Andes.

Behind the scenes

  • The story title is from the strip of February 22, 1952 (Next Week: "Taboo Land") and February 24, 1952 (Beginning: Taboo Land).
  • Diane was lost at the age of four. In 1952 Lee's daughter, Diane, was four years old.

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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