Tale of Detru

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Tale of Detru
Start date: July 28th, 1958
End date: September 20th, 1958
# of strips: 48 (8 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "Narda's Adventure"
Followed by: "The Invisible Bandit"

"Tale of Detru" is the 98th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Mr. James bought an old genuine Detru idol in an island shop. On the ship a man tried to steal the idol, and thrown Detru's curse on Mr. James house: "You will know no peace or rest -- Only death". Then, from the first moment James brought the idol into his house - trouble started....


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Detru, jungle god of doom.
  • John James, Banker and art collector.
  • Gussie, the cook.
  • Oscar, the butler.
  • Willy, the handyman.


  • A tropical island.
  • New York

Behind the scenes

  • The title for this story is lifted from the plot. (The strip of July 26, 1958 indicate the title; Next Week: "Detru").

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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