The Lunar Trip

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The Lunar Trip
Start date: March 27th, 1938
End date: September 18th, 1938
# of strips: 26 (26 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Treasure Hunt"
Followed by: "Mandrake and Lothar at the Carnival"

"The Lunar Trip" is the 8th Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

By a complex rearrangement of atomic structures, Prof. Thursby has created Thuren, a substance that is not affected by gravity. It resists gravity and falls up instead of down. Now he has build a rocket ship powered with Thuren, heading for the Moon.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Prof. Thursby, a scientist.
  • Laura, daughter of Thursby.
  • Star-dust, the rocket ship.
  • Moon-men,
  • Garo, a Moon-man.
  • Hyra, a Moon-man.
  • Fire people,


  • US ?
    • A remote section of the rockies.
  • The Moon
    • Lunatopia, city on the other side of the Moon.
  • Atlantis, built by the Moon-men.

Behind the scenes

  • At the index the title for this story is "The Lunar Trip", which is lifted from the plot.

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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