The Return of Evil

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The Return of Evil - The Cobra
Start date: January 16, 1967
End date: June 3, 1967
# of strips: 120 (20 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Trail of 8"
Followed by: "The Secret Weapon Caper"

"The Return of Evil - The Cobra" is the 133rd Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

In a remote village in Cockaigne has the ruins of an ancient castle has a new mysterious owner. From his new base the Cobra slowly takes hypnotic control of key personnel in Cockaigne.

When King Segrid returned to Cockaigne, after his six months' world tour, he found the Cobra had taken over the entire country.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Baron Sigmund, president of the "Stat Bank of Cockaigne".
  • Sir Alford, Prime Minister of Cockaigne.


Behind the scenes


  • The title for this story is taken from the strip of January 16, 1967 (Beginning: The Return of Evil!)
    • Note: At the index the title for this story is "The Return of Evil - The Cobra".

Mandrake Lore

  • Baron Sigmund is Narda's elderly cousin.
  • Mandrake's rogues' gallery: The Mole, Goliath, the Flying Horse Thief, the Cobra, the Clay Camel, the Flying Saucer Thieves


This story has been published in the following publications:

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