The Octopus Ring

From MandrakeWiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The Octopus Ring
Start date: May 6th, 1940
End date: December 21st, 1940
# of strips: 198 (33 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Museum Mystery"
Followed by: "Dr Griff's Invention"

"The Octopus Ring" is the 22nd Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Mandrake is asked by the government to track down a vast spy-ring, ruled by a mysterious leader. The spy-ring leader, The Octopus, kidnaps Narda, and on the threat of killing her he forced Mandrake to join him.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • "The Octopus", leader of the spy-ring
  • Mr. Foote, chief of an intelligence agency
  • Mr. Roark, agent of an ntelligence agency
  • Karl, a draftsman and spy at an airplane plant
  • Pete, a sandwich man at an airplane plant
  • Luga, member of the spy-ring
  • Sonya, glamorous member of the spy-ring
  • Bill, a young naval officer
  • Old Ned, worker at a distant air field


  • New York
    • National Bank
    • 243 West Street, headquarters of the spy-ring

Behind the scenes


  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of May 6, 1940 (Beginning - The Octopus Ring !).


  • In the newspapers the seventh week is correctly dated June 17 to 22. But then, the eighth week is dated July 1 to 6 - thus skipping June 24 to 29! Week nine has the strips without any date, before the correct dates again appears in the tenth week. What happend?

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

Mini australia.gif Australia

Mini brazil.gif Brazil

Mini france.gif France

Mini italy.gif Italy

Mini nz.png New Zealand

Mini norway.gif Norway

Mini spainunderfranco.gif Mini spain.gif Spain

Mini sweden.gif Sweden

Mini usa.gif USA

Mini kingdomyugoslavia.png Yugoslavia

  • Jutarnji list March 9, 1941 – April 10, 1941 (interrupted after the first half of the strip of June 3, 1940)