The Museum Mystery

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The Museum Mystery
Start date: January 22, 1940
End date: May 04, 1940
# of strips: 90 (15 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Mountain Bandits"
Followed by: "The Octopus Ring"

"The Museum Mystery" is the 21st Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

A dozen guards swear they saw a mummy walking in the east wing of the Orient Museum. It was impossible to keep guards at the east wing, with all the priceless treasures, at night and Dr. White did not like the situation.

Mandrake, Lothar and Sonny with her camera decided to spend the night at the east wing. Soon they discover something strange with the mummy case of Seti Anhk Amen. In the dark something moves, Sonny takes a flashlight photo, the mummy case was empty.

Developing the film in the dark-room in the cellar of the museum they could see a picture of the walking mummy.

Looking a bit closer Mandrake discovers the inside the mummy case there was a false back, with a corridor behind leading to the museum vault filled with priceless treasures of antiquity, gold and gems.

It turns out that Mr. Bendar, his wife and his gang had planned the robbery of the museum vault for months, and almost succeeded.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Rufus, guard at the Orient Museum.
  • Bendar, assistant curator at the Orient Museum.
  • Mrs. Bendar, The Walking Mummy wife of Bendar.
  • Seti Anhk Amen, ancient king of upper Egypt. mention only
  • Pete, a gang member.


  • The Orient.

Behind the scenes


  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of January 20, 1940 (Beginning Next Week = The Museum Mystery).

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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