The Spaceman Mystery

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The Spaceman Mystery

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Start date: August 3, 1959
End date: October 10, 1959
# of strips: 60 (10 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Strange Fisherman"
Followed by: "Shirlana"

"The Spaceman Mystery" is the 103rd Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

General Bridge invites Mandrake to see the rocket and testing center, but the center is plagued with accidents in their spaceman tests. Mandrake joins as a volunteer would-be spaceman in an attempt to reveal the mysterious Mr. X. Who trying to knock off the spaceman program.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • General Bridge, old friend of Mandrake.
  • Grimes, a test pilot and volunteer would-be spaceman.
  • Bill, a volunteer would-be spaceman.
  • Pete, a volunteer would-be spaceman.
  • Smith, a volunteer would-be spaceman.
  • Captain Jones, a volunteer would-be spaceman.


  • New York
    • Rocket and testing center


  • X-27, a test plane

Behind the scenes

  • The title for this story is taken from the strip of August 3, 1959 (Beginning tomorrow: The Space-Man Mystery).
  • Mandrake is a licensed pilot!

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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