The Dome

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The Dome
Start date: January 31st, 1944
End date: June 24th, 1944
# of strips: 126 (21 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Earthshaker"
Followed by: "Doctor Congo"

"The Dome" is the 31st Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

When a jewelry store is attacked by robbers disguised as firefighters, Mandrake manages to have one of the thugs arrested. Unfortunately the leader of the gang - a mysterious man with a black mask on his face and nicknamed "The Dome" - kidnaps Narda. Despite various traps, Mandrake will prevail over the bandits and finally Narda will succeed in unmasking "The Dome", a man without eyes and without nose since his birth. As Mandrake pursues "The Dome", the entire underground realm of the latter is filling with river water and the man is drowning in trying to run away. At the end, the police overcome the whole gang.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Louie, a thug
  • Dome, a master criminal
  • Specs, Dome's right-hand man


  • New York (?)
    • 4th and West
    • 8th and North
  • The Willows, an island in a river

Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of January 31, 1944 (Beginning "The Dome").

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "L'infallibile cupola", Mandrake #13 (Comics Stars in the World 1976) note: Italian text.

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  • "Korkunç Adam", 1001 Özel #3 (1952) Note: starts half-way through the original adventure.

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