The Flame Pearls Pt.2: Magnetic Island

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The Flame Pearls Pt.2:
Magnetic Island
Start date: June 2nd, 1940
End date: August 11th, 1940
# of strips: 11 (11 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Flame Pearls Pt.1:
Attempted Assassination
Followed by: "The Flame Pearls Pt.3:
The Three Cows

"The Flame Pearls Pt.2: Magnetic Island" is the 15th Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Mandrake is on a scientific expedition to the South Pacific, looking for flame colored pearls. A tropical storm breaks suddely, the compass going wild, and the Argos is stedily pulled side-ways towards a mysterious magnetic island. Mandrake, Lothar, June and Colonel Barton reach the shore safely on an rubber raft.

On the mysterious floating magnetic island they found 60 men, survivors from ship-wrecks. All enslaved by the escpade murderer, King Cy, and his henchman Jasper.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Captain Beeker, on Argos.
  • King Cy, giant ruler of the mysterious Magnetic Island.
  • "Jasper" King Cy's henchman.


  • South Pacific
  • A floating magnetic island.


  • S.S.Argos, Colonel Barton's yacht.

Behind the scenes

  • The main title for this story is taken from the strip of April 14th, 1940 (Next Week: "The Flame Pearls"), while the sub title is lifted from the plot.
  • The "Flame Pearls" story is a retelling of an ancient Greek myth; "Jason and the Golden Fleece".

Signifiant cover


This story has been published in the following publications:

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