The Cobra Strikes (The College of Magic)

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The Cobra Strikes (The College of Magic)
Start date: November 17th, 1969
End date: March 7th, 1970
# of strips: 96 (16 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Bribe"
Followed by: "Karma's Adventure"

"The Cobra Strikes (The College of Magic)" is the 142th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

While Mandrake is performing at a charity show, a violet light goes on on outside of Mandrake's study at Xanadu. Theron is calling through his crystal cube, and Mandrake rushes home to answer. Theron tells that Luciphor aka The Cobra is alive, and that he's now after Theron's crystal cube. Since Mandrake is the only one who can handle the evil man Theron ask if Mandrake could come to the College of Magic.


Recurring characters

One-time characters



Behind the scenes


  • The title is taken from the plot.

Mandrake Lore

  • When Mandrake and Derek was twelv years old they entered the College of Magic, and studied there for seven years.
  • Next to the master Theron the most brilliant teacher was Luciphor.
  • Luciphor was dissatisfied and longed to go into the outside world and use his great powers. He emptided the treasure chest and tried to take the Crystal Cube.
    • To obtain the amazing cube Luciphor tried to kill the 16 years old Mandrake, but Derek saved Mandrake from Luciphor.
  • The Cobra have a shark-like super sonic copter.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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