The Swarm

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The Swarm
Start date: January 14th, 1996
End date: August 18th, 1996
# of strips: 32
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "Revolution in Lotharton"
Followed by: "Dr. Holton's Reputation"

"The Swarm" is the 173rd Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

On Magna, scientists have discovered an unknown alian life-form that has entered our galaxy. The Swarm, in a group thousands of the creatures, each the size of a whale. The Swarm travels through the cold vacuum of space and devours everything in its path: solid planets, comets, dead stars ... And the creatures are approaching Earth...


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Aide,
  • President of the US.


  • Hubble space telescope

Behind the scenes


  • The title for the story taken from the strip of January 14, 1996 (Beginning: The Swarm).

Easter Eggs

  • The President of the US looks like Bill Clinton.
  • Mandrake is reading the book "Old Jungle Sayings" with a picture of the Phantom on the cover.

Signifiant cover


This story has been published in the following publications:

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