The Mysterious Bureau

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The Mysterious Bureau
Start date: September 25th, 1967
End date: January 13th, 1968
# of strips: 96 (16 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Secret Weapon Caper"
Followed by: "Dr Dell and 8"

"The Mysterious Bureau" is the 135th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

Someone breaks into grammar schools to steal intelligence tests of six-years-olds. Then mysterious men from the Executive Placement Bureau visiting the small genius and their families. Then some families disappears mysteriously.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Ronald Smith, a six years old genious.
  • Sally Smith, mother of Ronald.
  • President, board of education.
  • Susie Jones, a six years old genious.
  • Rommy Black, a six years old genious.
  • Remmy Black, a six years old genious and twin brother of Rommy.
  • Tommy Toms, a six years old genious. Eg. a dog.
  • FF77, a timetraveler


  • New York City
    • Xanadu
    • South Pamet, near Xanadu
    • Year 50 505


  • Executive Placement Bureau

Behind the scenes


  • The title for the story taken from the strip of September 25th, 1967 (Beginning: The Mysterious Bureau).

Real Life References

  • South Pamet, refering to Lee Falk's summer house near Truro at Cape Cod.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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