The Inventor

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The Inventor
Start date: April 4, 1955
End date: May 21, 1955
# of strips: 42 (7 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Tourist"
Followed by: "Return of the Clay Camel"

"The Inventor" is the 81st Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

An inventor selling a electronic marvel for two million in cash, a prototype of a very human-like robot secretary. When the buyers want to try the robot themselves the next day they found that they have bought a dummy.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Alf Cog, an inventor.
  • Mr. Vip, a businessman.
  • Mr. George, Mr. Vip's assistant.
  • Ruth Robot, the world's first true eletronic robot.
  • Mr. Rocks, a businessman.
  • Ruth, Mr. Cog's assistant.


  • New York

Behind the scenes

  • The title for this story is taken from the strip of April 4, 1955 (Beginning: The Inventor).

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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