The Pacific Circle

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The Pacific Circle
Start date: December 13th, 1976
End date: April 23rd, 1977
# of strips: 114 (19 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Mysterious Chief"
Followed by: "Mirage in Space"

"The Pacific Circle" is the 166th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

In the Pacific Circle a transocean plane disappears mysteriously, then a freighter and a naval ship. A weird mystery, similar as the Bermuda triangle. A case for Mandrake..


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • A Captain on a freighter.
  • Mac, on a freighter.
  • An admiral, of the navy.
  • An admiral, of the army.
  • An admiral, of the air force.
  • A fisherman, from Ratu (?)
  • Aku-Lana, a mythical giant bird that lives in sky.
  • Trader Tomm, a shipmaster and a galactic treasure hunter.
  • Pitor the Poacher, aka Trader Tomm.
  • A robot, owned by Trader Tomm.
  • Archnids, an advanced culture, all mentalists and pousonous. mentioned only.
  • Captain Hegon, of the Central Galaxy.


  • New York
  • The Pacific
    • Honolulu, control tower.
    • A Pacific island near Ratu.
    • Ratu Isle, a Pacific island
  • The space, 25 000 miles from Earth.
    • Vega mentioned only.
    • The Pleiades mentioned only.
    • Beta Eridanus, home of the glassblowers. mentioned only.
    • Magna


Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is taken from the strip of December 14 and 15, 1976 (Beginning: Pacific Circle !).
  • Previously the secret chief have asked Mandrake's help at his office at Inter-Intel. Now Hojo ask Mandrake for help solving the mystery at Xanadu, with a chef's hat on.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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