The Traveller's Tale

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The Traveller's Tale
Start date: March 21st, 1965
End date: August 22th, 1965
# of strips: 23 (23 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Martha Davis and
Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Mole"
Followed by: "The Cobra Returns"

"The Traveller's Tale" is the 96th Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Martha Davis and Fred Fredericks.

Plot Summary

In Greenland a minor earthquake tumbeling ancient ice into the cold sea, inside an ancient man. Our friends are up at the Newfoundlands banks on Barton's new boat. While fishing they rescue a mysterious castaway, telling a strange story.

Opolo was from the city Cromanga in tropical Yorkdon, now under tree miles of ice at the North Pole. He have been sleeping for 60 000 years.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Opolo, 60 000 years old man.
  • Adrana, girlfriend of Opolo.
  • Natas, friend of Opolo and wizard of chemical arts.


  • New York City
  • Greenland
  • Newfoundlands banks
  • North Pole
  • Second moon of Saturn, new home of Opolo and Adrana.


Behind the scenes

  • The story title is from the strip of March 21, 1965 (Beginning: The Traveler's Tale).
  • According to Peter van der Krogt there are 95 statues of Christopher Columbus in USA (in 2002). It is unknown which statue Martha Davis drew in the first panel of this story.
  • Fred Fredericks new artist from the strip of June 27, 1965.

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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