The Cobra (Daily story 1934)

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The Cobra
Start date: June 11th, 1934
End date: November 24th, 1934
# of strips: 144 (24 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: none
Followed by: "The Hawk (Mandrake Meets Narda)"

"The Cobra" is the 1st Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Mandrake chases the Cobra, a mysterious and powerful black magician. He is the fanatical leader of a powerful secret society of faceless slaves that seeks to control the world.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Ralph Sheldon, inspector in the U.S. Secret Service
  • Barbara Sheldon, daughter of Ralph Sheldon.
  • Tommy Lord, Ralph Sheldon's assistant
  • Mr. VanderGriff, ambassador of ?
  • Mee-Kee, VanderGriff's servant
  • Gordini Talon, one of The Cobras men (turned into a rat by Mandrake)
  • Captain Merriweather, onboard the ship
  • Lieutenant Rogers, onboard the ship
  • Dr Heath, onboard the ship
  • Prince Saud of Tejei, son of the late Emir Ibn-Rehr
  • Kâri, High Priest of the Sun (4 800 B.C.)
  • Viscount Largy, chairman of the Council of Nations.
  • General Stuldiloff, commander of a half million troops.


  • U.S.A.
    • New York City (?)
      • Home of VanderGriff
  • Three oceans (according to Mandrake)
    • Atlantic Ocean
      • Mediterranean Sea (?)
  • The Orient (Egypt ?)
    • Tejei, agless and mysterios walled privately owned city, key to the orient.
    • The Great Desert (Sahara ?)
      • Kilgar Pass
        • The old castle, home of the Cobra.

Behind the scenes


  • The title for the story is lifted from the plot.


  • In interviews after 1972 Lee Falk says that he himself did all the art work for the two first weeks of this story. It is difficult to find evidence that this is correct, so one has to assume that this statement probably is intended to be an anecdote.


Looking at some panels one can see that elements are swiped, a few from the "Secret Agent X-9" strip by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond.


Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Mandrake l’uomo del mistero" & "Mandrake contro il Cobra", Mandrake #1" and " #2" (1976) note: Italian text.

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