The Bribe

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The Bribe
Start date: July 14, 1969
End date: November 15, 1969
# of strips: 108 (18 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Connoisseur"
Followed by: "The Cobra Strikes (The College of Magic)"

"The Bribe" is the 141st Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

The Octon have ordered the council of the 5th arm of 8 to break up the Mandrake - Lothar team.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Uncle Tabor, Lothar's horse when he was a boy.
  • Fixer of 8.
  • Butch, member of 8.
  • Pete, member of 8.


  • New York City
  • Balston Beach, the hq of the 5th arm of 8 on a small island.


Behind the scenes


  • The title for this story is taken from the strip of July 14, 1969 (Beginning: The Bribe)

Mandrake Lore

  • The members of 8 has a small tattoo of a 8 digits on their right earlobe.
  • Lothar saying that his father is alive.
  • Narda do not have a cat, but she used to have one, named Pam.

Real Life References

  • 712 Pamet Street, refering to Lee Falk's summer house near Truro at Cape Cod.
  • Balston Beach, refering to Lee Falk's summer house near Truro at Cape Cod.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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