The Thieves

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The Thieves
Start date: January 20th, 1975
End date: August 16th, 1975
# of strips: 180 (30 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Search for the Cobra"
Followed by: "Super Shark"

"The Thieves" is the 160th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

One day Mandrake and Lothar visit Inter-Intel thieves came to Xanadu, pretending to be from the electric company. They almost managed to find the Crystal Cube.

Mandrake was unsure if he could protect the cube well enough, and he thought it had too much power for him to control. He decided to bring the cube to a safer place, the College of Magic.

The road to College of Magic had many obstacles. But Mandrake and Lothar did arrived safely, with help of Mandrake's magic powers combined with the amazing cube.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • SS Royal Pamet, a cruise ship.
  • Mefo, man at College of Magic. Did try to steal the cube.




Behind the scenes


  • The title for the story taken from the strip of January 20, 1975 (Beginning: The Thieves).

Mandrake Lore

  • Theron hide both the cubes in a vault under a hot-lava river, behind steel "dragon-like" gates at the bottom of a deep lake inside the College of Magic.

Real Life References

Easter Eggs

  • Strip of January 21, 1975. Karma reading a book with the head of the Phantom on the cover.


  • Mystery: Hojo fight with some thieves at Xanadu, at same time Mandrake talk with the secret robot chief at Inter-Intel!


This story has been published in the following publications:

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