The Santa Claus Pirates

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The Santa Claus Pirates
Start date: September 3rd, 1944
End date: December 3rd, 1944
# of strips: 14 (14 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "The Circus Adventure"
Followed by: "Fountain of Youth"

"The Santa Claus Pirates" is the 28th Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Mandrake, Narda and Lothar are going on a scientific cruise to chart tropical waters. Sailing the Florida "Keys", the yacht Raven is attacked by a pirate galleon which proves to be captained by the Santa Claus Pirate.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • An old sailer, on the Raven.
  • The Captain, on the Raven.
  • The Santa Claus Pirate, captain on a black buccaneeer.
  • "Tiger" Shark; a ex-crook, ex-gambler, ex-murderer and now the Santa Claus Pirate.
  • Teach, a mutineer.


  • The Florida "Keys".


  • S.S. Raven, a yacht.

Behind the scenes

  • At the index the title for this story is "The Santa Claus Pirates", which is lifted from the plot.
  • Narda's first appearance in a Sunday story.

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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