The Mysterious Chief

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The Mysterious Chief
Start date: September 20th, 1976
End date: December 11th, 1976
# of strips: 72 (12 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "Narda and the Sheik"
Followed by: "The Pacific Circle"

"The Mysterious Chief" is the 165th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

Hojo is super-scholar, excels at higher math, fluent in 14 languages and reads 10 more. He is also 10th degree black belt, judo and karate. But why is he working as Mandrake's super-chef? And what does he do all day when he is gone, and where does he go?


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Ms. Laurel, Jed's private secetary.



Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of September 20, 1976 (Beginning: Mysterious Chief).
  • Mandrake have guessed that Hojo is the mysterious and secret Chief of Inter-Intel, and Hojo confirms it by inviting Mandrake into his private office behind behind the Chief office at Inter-Intel.
  • Lothar asking Mandrake if Hojo is the mysterious and secret Chief of Inter-Intel, but Mandrake did not reply.
  • Mystery: Hojo goes on a two week vacation. He stays in an apartment (?) in the Asian quarter and working at Inter-Intel as their secret chief. So, two week vacation from what? His job as Mandrake's chef?


This story has been published in the following publications:

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