The Treasure Hunt

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The Treasure Hunt
Start date: September 5th, 1937
End date: March 20th, 1938
# of strips: 29 (29 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Phil Davis
Preceded by: "Prince Paulo the Tyrant"
Followed by: "The Lunar Trip"

"The Treasure Hunt" is the 7th Mandrake Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Phil Davis.

Plot Summary

Betty's late uncle left his fortune in a locked vault. His heirs have to go on a world-hunt to find the five numbers that form the combination of the lock.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Roger, a wealthy and great world traveler.
  • Betty Gray, niece of Roger.
  • Augusta, niece of Roger.
  • Karl, brother of Augusta.
  • Pete, step-brother of Augusta.
  • Captain Krag, hired by Augusta.
  • Gawaali, chief of headhunters at Cerebi.
  • Togooya, demon god of Cerebi.


  • Egypt
    • Kairo
    • Cheops pyramid.
  • Italy
    • Venice
  • Indonesia
    • Cerebi, home of headhunters.
  • South Seas
    • Tahore
  • US ?

Behind the scenes

  • At the index the title for this story is "The Treasure Hunt", which is lifted from the plot.
  • In Venice, a gondolier singing: "Oh, Ho, de St. Luigi Blues" - Reference to St. Louis (November 7, 1937)

Signifiant covers


This story has been published in the following publications:

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