The Chief

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The Chief
Start date: June 15, 1964
End date: August 22, 1964
# of strips: 60 (10 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Butterfly Man"
Followed by: "Return of the Mirror People"

"The Chief" is the 125th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Ten years ago the Police Chief's testimony nailed "Curls", and the racket king was jailed. Now "Curls" is released from jail, and he want revenge..


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • "Curls", a vicious racketeer.
  • Chris, only son of the Police Chief studying to be a minister.
  • Jim, a police man.
  • "Rocks", a crook.
  • "Big Sam", a crook.
  • "Trigger John", a crook.
  • "Mac", a crook.
  • "Big Joe", a crook.
  • "Ed the Knife", a crook.
  • Pete, one of "Curls"' men.
  • Daily Trumpet, a newspaper.


  • New York
  • Ed's Place, a bar.

Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story taken from the strip of June 15, 1964 (Beginning: The Chief).
  • The Police Chief is a widower.
  • The Police Chief is honored for 30th year on force.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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