The Astro Pirates

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The Astro Pirates
Start date: August 14th, 1966
End date: December 25th, 1966
# of strips: 20 (20 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Underworld vs. Inter-Intel"
Followed by: "The Blackout Caper"

"The Astro Pirates" is the 99th Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

Narda is going home for a visit, but the departure date is Friday the 13th, a black cat walking under a ladder and she spilled salt. And onboard PO 112, astro-pirates land atop the ocean-spanning plane 35 000 feet above the sea.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Ned, man aboard a cruise ship.
  • Mr. Marks, head of a company that insures most big jewel shipments.
  • Axel, private secretary of Mr. Marks.
  • Max, an Astro Pirate.



Behind the scenes

  • The story title is from the strip of August 14th, 1966 (Beginning: The Astro-Pirates!).


This story has been published in the following publications:

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