The Blackout Caper

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The Blackout Caper
Start date: January 1st, 1967
End date: April 23rd, 1967
# of strips: 17 (17 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Astro Pirates"
Followed by: "The Meeting of Mandrake and Lothar"

"The Blackout Caper" is the 100th Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

A mysterious doctor gather gangster chiefs from several cities, offering them two hours complete darkness for 500 miles in every direction -if they pay him 2 millions in cash.

During the two hours blackout it was chaos and crimes. But strangly during the blackout the generators kept working. Was the blackout a cover for stealing the power, if so - why ?


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Doctor Zed, inventor of a thermonuclar reactor. And a mad scientist.
  • Dudley, works for dr. Zed.
  • Scar, a gangster chief.
  • Finger, a gangster chief.
  • Helmsman, a police man.


  • New York City
  • Goat Island, formerly state hospital, now hide out for dr. Zed.

Behind the scenes


  • The story title is from the strip of January 1st, 1967 (Continued: The Blackout Caper).

Easter Eggs

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "இருளின் விலை இரண்டு கோடி", Mutu Comics #63 (1977)
  • "இருளின் விலை இரண்டு கோடி", Mutu Comics #466 (2022)

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