The Prince Who Never Smiled

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The Prince Who Never Smiled
Start date: Ferbruary 8th, 1948
End date: April 4th, 1948
# of strips: 9 (9 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Blue Bandit"
Followed by: "City of Jewels Pt.1:
The Polar Bear Pirates

"The Prince Who Never Smiled" is the 37th Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Duchess Natalia loves King Ferrand of Ferna. But the widdower King is so unhappy about his little son who never smiles, that he can not think of nothing else. Mandrake promises Narda that he will try to make Prince Randy smile, so they all could be happy.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Natalie, Duchess of Kort. Narda's cousin.
  • King Ferrand, of Ferna
  • Prince Randolph (Randy)


  • New York City
  • Ferna, a kingdom

Behind the scenes

  • The title for this story is taken from the strip of February 1 and 8, 1948 (Beginning Next Week = The Prince Who Never Smiled & Beginning: The Prince Who Never Smiled...).

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Prinsen som aldri lo", Skippern (1950-1951)

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