The Trade Commission

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The Trade Commission
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Start date: September 16th, 1962
End date: March 10th, 1963
# of strips: 26 (26 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "Task Test"
Followed by: "The Ghost Lover"

"The Trade Commission" is the 91st Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

A few years ago "operation way-out", a communications project for outer space, sent out a satellite. When the satellite is captured by some strange aliens the signals suddenly stops.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Col Carlson, chief of "operation way-out".
  • Mac, an astronaut.
  • Jim, a farmer.
  • Captain Jim, owner of a boat.
  • The President of the United States.
  • Ugo, a alian on a trade mission hoping to sell suchi crystals.
  • Tubo, a alian on a trade mission hoping to sell suchi crystals.


  • US
    • Washington
      • The White House
  • Deep space
    • The Blue Planet


  • Mercury twelve, a space capsule orbiting Earth.

Behind the scenes

  • The story title is taken from the strip of September 23, 1962 (Beginning: The Trade Commission). A similar title is at the end of the strip of September 9th, 1962 (Next Week: Trade Commission).
  • Note: At the index the title for this story is "The Trade Commission (The Blue Planet)".

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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