Vanguard of Shadows

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Vanguard of Shadows
Start date: May 27th, 2013
End date:
# of strips: (6 weeks)
Writer: Fred Fredericks
Artist: Fred Fredericks
Preceded by: "Warlock at Large"
Interupted by: "Pursuit of the Cobra" re-release of #220
Followed by:

"Vanguard of Shadows" is the 266th Mandrake daily story. The story was written and drawn by Fred Fredericks. Due to the retirement of Fred Fredericks the story was interrupted after the strip of July 6, 2013.

Plot Summary

Hojo returns from the supermarket in bad shape and falls into an unconscious state, only able to say two words: "Runnel's Landing". Mandrake drives an old shortcut to the supermarked to check out Runnel's Landing. He is taken prisoner by Hojo lookalikes, invaders from the planet Melva...


Recurring characters

One-time characters


  • Xanadu
  • Runnel's Landing
  • Melva, a planet

Behind the scenes


  • The story title is taken from the strip of May 27th, 2013 (Beginning: Vanguard of Shadows).

Easter Eggs

  • The name "Runnel's Landing" is a reference to a retirement community - located in Terrell Lane, Hollis, New Hampshire 03049 - that Fred Fredericks is supposed to have chosen after the sale of his house in Massachusetts on April 30, 2013.

See : [[1]] and [[2]]


This story has been published in the following publications: