The Haunted Ballroom

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The Haunted Ballroom
(Re-released in 2017)
Start date: October 11th, 1999
End date: January 29th, 2000
# of strips: 96 (16 weeks)
Writer: Fred Fredericks
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "Siege at Xanadu"
Followed by: "The Lost Chord"

"The Haunted Ballroom" is the 233st Mandrake daily story. The story was written and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

Mandrake heading home via the coast road when he meet the amateur ghost hunters Bill and Ester Crickett by the old pier. They planned to spend the night in the ballroom, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of a dead bandleader. Next day Mandrake and Narda drove out to the old pier to check on Bill and Ester, but the young couple young couple had disappeared.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Bill Crickett
  • Esther Crickett
  • Mr. and Mrs. Marsh


  • New York City
    • Xanadu
    • The Coast Road
    • The old pier

Behind the scenes


  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of October 11, 1999 (Beginning: The Haunted Ballroom).

Easter Eggs

  • In the strips of October 28 and 29: a child with the picture of the Phantom on his t-shirt.

Re-released story in 2017


  • Start date: 20 March 2017 / End date: 8 July 2017


This story has been published in the following publications:

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