The Ratmen of Rodencia

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The Ratmen of Rodencia
Start date: January 15, 1973
End date: May 5, 1973
# of strips: 96 (16 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "Dr Xoz Prof. of Smells"
Followed by: "The Incredible Thief"

"The Ratmen of Rodencia" is the 153rd Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

A gigantic flaming object from the sky landed in mid-ocean. Then a mysterious sound rings from the "galactic watch" given to Mandrake by emperor Magnon. This sound is followed by a tri-dimensional image of Magnon. A starship from outer space has been hijacked by 12 Ratmen who threaten to destroy the space-vessel and its 5.000 passengers. The starship finally landed on Earth and, hidden at the bottom of the sea, they await the payment of the ransom : 50 billion credits and the planet Earth.

Magnon's fleet ships arrive near the Earth but, at first, Magnon want Mandrake to negotiate with the Ratmen. He sends a transporter and a translator. Mandrake and Lothar go inside a soap bubble like space dinghy and dived to the sea bottom. Inside the hijacked space ship, there is an amazing variety of non-human passengers and four humans. One of them is Nardraka.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • 34XCY1/2x27*, the name/number of the translator.
  • Vultose, alian race breathe air and are radioactive.
  • Francie, name of a small boat.
  • Marma, nurse of Nardraka.


  • Xanadu
  • Bottom of the ocean.
  • Our solar system.

Behind the scenes


  • This story have no given title. It is lifted from the strip of January 31, 1973 (Magnon: "By Ratmen of Rodencia").

Easter Eggs – Cameos

  • Francie, likely named after Fred's wife Frances.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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