The Great Grando

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The Great Grando
Start date: June 23rd, 1941
End date: November 8th, 1941
# of strips: 120 (20 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Mystery of the Striped Orchid"
Followed by: "Lothar the Champ"

"The Great Grando" is the 25th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

For a short time Grando was Mandrake's assistant. Grando was a brilliant man with a natural flair for magic. But he was unwilling to put in the hard work necessary for the art. Mandrake teach Grando what he knew about hypnotism, ventriloquism and sleight-of-hands. Grando progressed well for a time. Then he became lazy, missed rehearsals, came late for performances. Mandrake had to get rid of him, and Grando left with some knowledge of the magician's art.

Now Grando turn up in New York, using his knowledge for crimes.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Danny, a boy.
  • Mr. Smith, a bank teller and Danny's father.
  • Daily Magazine, a newspaper.


  • New York
    • Childrens Home, an orphanage.

Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of June 23, 1941 (Beginning today - The Great Grando).
  • Narda having birthday August the 8th ?

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Il superbo Grando" & "Lotta senza tregua", Mandrake #18 & #19 (Comics Stars in the World 1977) note: Italian text.

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