The Western

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The Western
Start date: March 4, 1957
End date: May 18, 1957
# of strips: 66 (11 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Chess Kings"
Followed by: "The Penthouse Mystery"

"The Western" is the 91st Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Mr. Banks is going to make a movie, "Western Love", but he has received anonymous threatening letters. When the movie is about to be filmed a series of accidents turns up.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Mr. Banks, a producer.
  • Tyler aka Todd, an actor and stand-in for Tom Rex.
  • Ed, a guard.
  • John, a guard / actor.
  • Tom Rex, a movie star.
  • Gloria Dane, a movie star.


  • New York
  • The desert, location of "Western Love"
    • Phony Town, a movie western town.

Behind the scenes

  • The title for this story is taken from the strip of March 4, 1957 (Beginning: The Western).

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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