City of Jewels Pt.1: The Polar Bear Pirates

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City of Jewels
Pt.1:The Polar Bear Pirates
Start date: April 11th, 1948
End date: June 20th, 1948
# of strips: 11 (11 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Prince Who Never Smiled"
Followed by: ""City of Jewels"
Pt.2:The Ice Demons

"City of Jewels" Pt.1: "The Polar Bear Pirates" is the 38th Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Returning from the polar regions the explorer Munden said he had discovered a warm land surrounded by polar ice. With a glittering, fabulous city build of giant jewels instead og stone. Now he wants Mr. Blaine to finance an expedition back there, to search for the city. When they finally reached the great ice pack they were attacked by the Polar Bear Pirate, aided by his amazing trained bear pack. He loots Argos and kidnaps Narda.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • A native
  • The Polar Bear Pirate


  • New York City
  • The polar region


Behind the scenes

  • The title for this story is taken from the strip of April 4 and 11, 1948 (Next Week = "The City of Jewels" & Beginning: The City of Jewels.). The subtitle is lifted from the plot.

Signifiant cover


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Mandrake i juvelbyen", Skippern (1951-1952)

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