The Slave Traders of Tygandi

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The Slave Traders of Tygandi
Start date: July 20th, 1936
End date: November 28th, 1936
# of strips: 114 (19 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Return of the Clay Camel"
Followed by: "Mandrake in the Lost World"

"The Slave Traders of Tygandi" is the 7th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

In Alexandria Prince Segrid has gambled away the state funds intrusted to him. Emir Krim exploited the situation to kidnap Narda. He gave here to Sheik Nazdah who wanted to honor her as reigning favorite in his harem. Sheik Nazdah changed his mind and decided to sell Narda at the slave marked in Tygandi.

At the slave marked the rich and mysterious Shah of Sudan bought Narda for an enormous sum, in addition to all the other women that were for sale.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Emir Krim
  • Sete, a thug.
  • Bula, a thug.
  • Samuel Smith, aka the mummy.
  • Sheik Nazdah
  • Hamid, a slave dealer.
  • Felli, auctioneer of the slave mart.
  • The Shah of Sudan, Mandrake in disguise.


  • Egypt
    • Pyramid of Gizen
    • Alradi, an oasis.
    • Tygandi, a portable slave marked at the north shore of the dead lake.

Behind the scenes


  • The title for the story is lifted from the plot.


It is not an uncommon practice amongst comic strip and comic book artists to "borrow" (swipe) layouts and drawing styles from other artists. In an interview published in King Comic Heroes (James Van Hise, Pioneer Books, 1988), Lee Falk tells an amusing anecdote from the early days of his Mandrake strip:

 "When I was working with Phil Davis doing layouts very early in the game, we had a Sunday page which had some rearing horses. Now these are illustrative artists and they use photo references and whole files of other artists' material. When I indicated a rifle or a gun or a tank, he had a model or something to copy from. They didn't copy it -- they used the file to get something for a model and they sketched from it. They didn't trace it or anything like that. They had to have a model just like they'd have a model for a woman. At that very moment, in I think it was Flash Gordon, they had some rearing horses. We used that as inspiration, but we didn't copy it. About a year later I moved to New York, and I went up and I had dinner with Alex Raymond up in Stamford where I'd moved to in Connecticut and he was showing me through his studio in his beautiful house and there on his drawing board was the Flash Gordon he was working on and next to it was the Sunday page of Mandrake with the rearing horses -- he was using it as a model. I said, 'But Alex, we copied that from you!' He said "Oh, for Christ's sake!' He'd forgotten."

Although Alex Raymond did not finish the strip that Lee Falk spoke about, Phil Davis swiped a horse from Flash Gordon once more:

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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