The Monster of Tanov Pass

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The Monster of Tanov Pass
Start date: February 25, 1935
End date: June 15, 1935
# of strips: 96 (16 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Hawk (Mandrake Meets Narda)"
Followed by: "Saki, the Clay Camel"

"The Monster of Tanov Pass" is the 3rd Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

An evil scientist has modified the genes of a gorilla so that it developed into a murderous creature, half gorilla - half human.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Professor Sorcin
  • Marina, ward of professor Sorcin.
  • Kate,, cook of professor Sorcin.
  • Tommy, son of Kate.
  • Susie, daughter of Kate.
  • Karl, servant of professor Sorcin.
  • Toto, a pet gorilla.
  • Klage, a gorilla with a human brain.
  • Tinto, a giantic serpent.
  • Inspector Danny Sayers


  • Carpathia
  • Tanov Pass

Behind the scenes


  • The title for the story is lifted from the plot.

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Il mostro di passo Tanov", Mandrake #4 (Comics Stars in the World 1976) note: Italian text.

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