The Basilisk

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The Basilisk
Start date: September 10th, 1972
End date: January 7th, 1973
# of strips: 18 (18 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Blue Thing"
Followed by: "The Mystery of the Stone Face"

"The Basilisk" is the 118th Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

At a dinner at the Explorer Club, honoring Mandrake and Lothar they meet Dr. Dove. She who claims the mythical creature basilisk really exists in the Amazon. Our friends joins Dr. Dove on a secret mission deep into the jungle of the Amazone, in search of the weird hypnotic beast.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Dr. Doreen Dove, an explorer and naturalist
  • Dr. Clyde, an explorer and botanist
  • Kha-Rha-Bambam, or the basilisk


  • New York City
  • The Amazon

Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of September 10, 1972 (Beginning: The Basilisk).

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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