The Giant Toothache

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The Giant Toothache
Start date: May 6, 1963
End date: August 3, 1963
# of strips: 78 (13 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "Smuggler's Luck"
Followed by: "Master of Magic"

"The Giant Toothache" is the 121th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

At the same moment as people get sudden toothache a mysterious man appears, selling toothace remedy, for an exorbitant price. When the mysterious man sold ten pills to Frankie Franky for one hundred thousand dollars Mandrake is involved.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • "Mr. X", inventor of an apparatus sending sonic waves causing vibrations in nerby metal.
  • Frankie Franky, a teen-ager's idol and highest paid singer in world.
  • Zaza, wife of Frankie.
  • Senator Claye.
  • "Bossman", a racketeer.
  • Sigrid Nellsen, opera diva. Mentioned only


  • New York

Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story taken from the strip of August 5, 1963 (Beginning: The Giant Toothache).

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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