The Vanishing Rocket

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The Vanishing Rocket
Start date: April 20, 1953
End date: June 20, 1953
# of strips: 54 (9 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Jungle Witch"
Followed by: "The Mysterious Mr Beam"

"The Vanishing Rocket" is the 72nd Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

At the rocket base, they have launched three rockets, but no one had come down. They had all vanished in the ionosphere. When the fourth rocket is to be launched Mandrake goes on board.


Recurring characters

One-time characters


  • An experimental rocket base
  • The ionosphere.

Behind the scenes

  • The title for the story is given in the strip of April 20, 1953 (Beginning: The Vanishing Rocket).

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "The Vanishing Rocket", Mandrake (1953 ?)

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