The Flame Pearls Pt.5: The Ghost Ship

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The Flame Pearls Pt.5:
The Ghost Ship
Start date: December 29th, 1940
End date: April 20th, 1941
# of strips: 17 (17 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Flame Pearls Pt.4:
The Amazons
Followed by: "The Flame Pearls Pt.6:
The Witch of Tago

"The Flame Pearls Pt.5: The Ghost Ship" is the 18th 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. After passing through the Strangler Straits, they are attacked by a sea monster. Then the Argos comes upon a fishing-boat, drifting with all the fishermen asleep on the deck. When they wake up they tell about a mysterious Ghost Ship.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • The doctor on Argos.
  • Captain Beeker, on Argos.
  • Captain Gar, on the Ghost Ship.
  • Gretel, Gar's lovely daughter.
  • Jim, in love with Gretel.


  • South Pacific.
  • The Strangler Straits.


  • S.S.Argos, Colonel Barton's yacht.
  • The Ghost Ship.

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 covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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