The Deep South

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The Deep South
Start date: February 6th, 1939
End date: May 13th, 1939
# of strips: 84 (14 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "Visitors from Space"
Followed by: "Mandrake in Cockaigne"

"The Deep South" is the 17th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Prince Segrid announced the engagement of his sister Princess Narda and Avery, Duke of Hectares. While Dot Rich invites Mandrake to her fathers estate in the country. Nearby is the Barataria Swamps, haunted by Jean Lafitte and his century-old pirates.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Dot Rich, daughter of Colonel Rich.
  • Butch, a waiter at Club Tango.
  • Colonel Rich,
  • Jeff, a smuggler boss.
  • Jean Lafitte, a pirate - around 1810.
  • Jed, a boy who saw Ol'Jean.
  • The Sheriff
  • Lill, Jeff's girlfriend.
  • Doodleplatz, an investigator with the customs.


  • New York
    • Club Tango
  • Cockaigne
  • Mississippi
  • The Barataria Swamps

Behind the scenes


  • The title for this story is taken from the strip of February 4, 1939 (Next Week = Deep South)

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Il fantasma del pirata", Mandrake #21 (Comics Stars in the World 1978) note: Italian text.

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