The Witches

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The Witches
Start date: February 7, 1966
End date: May 28, 1966
# of strips: 96 (16 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "The Sign of 8"
Followed by: "The UFO"

"The Witches" is the 130th Mandrake daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Fred Fredericks. The week of February 21st to 26th is ghosted by Frank Thorne and next the week of February 28th to March 5th is ghosted by Bob Fujitani.

Plot Summary

Count Diabolo, a big lady's man, gets invited to society parties. He pick out likly rich girls and invite them to his witch's cermony. Through hypnotism, he confuses them and uses them to rob their own people. If discovered their parents would shield them.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Really Riley, the madcap heiress.
  • Jet, friend of "Really" Riley.
  • Count Diabolo, a witch master.
  • Magda, a witch.
  • Mr. Riley, father of Really.
  • Dr. Raines, Riley's family doctor.
  • Sgt. Hill, a police detective.


  • New York
  • Xanadu
  • The Grey Church, in NY.

Behind the scenes

  • The title for this story is taken from the strip of February 7, 1966 (Beginning: The Witches)
  • Xanadu is located at hill 112.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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