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The Phantom is a long-running American adventure comic strip, first published by Mandrake the Magician creator Lee Falk in February 1936. The main character, the Phantom, is a fictional costumed crime-fighter who operates from the fictional African country of Bangalla. The character has been adapted for television, film and video games.

The series began with a daily newspaper strip on February 17, 1936, followed by a color Sunday strip on May 28, 1939; both are still running as of 2015. At its peak, the strip was read by over 100 million people daily.

Falk worked on The Phantom until his death in 1999; the comic strip is currently written by Tony DePaul and drawn by Paul Ryan (Monday-Saturday) and Terry Beatty (Sunday). Previous artists on the newspaper strip include Ray Moore, Wilson McCoy, Bill Lignante, Sy Barry, George Olesen, Keith Williams, Fred Fredericks, Graham Nolan and Eduardo Barreto.  phantom05

New Phantom stories are published in comic book format by Dynamite Entertainment and Hermes Press in the United States and Frew Publications in Australia. In the strip, the Phantom is 21st in a line of crime-fighters which began in 1536, when the father of British sailor Christopher Walker was killed during a pirate attack. Swearing an oath on the skull of his father’s murderer to fight evil, Christopher began a legacy of the Phantom which would pass from father to son. Nicknames for the Phantom include “The Ghost Who Walks”, “Guardian of the Eastern Dark” and “The Man Who Cannot Die”.

Unlike other fictional costumed heroes, the Phantom has no superpowers and relies on his strength, intelligence and reputed immortality to defeat his foes. The 21st Phantom is married to Diana Palmer; they met while he studied in the United States and have two children, Kit and Heloise. He has a trained wolf, Devil, and a horse named Hero. Like the previous Phantoms, he lives in the ancient Skull Cave.

The Phantom was the first fictional hero to wear the skintight costume which has became a hallmark of comic-book superheroes, and was the first shown in a mask with no visible pupils (another superhero standard).

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The Phantom began as a daily strip on February 17, 1936 with “The Singh Brotherhood”, written by Falk and drawn by him for two weeks and then by Ray Moore (assistant to artist Phil Davis on Mandrake the Magician). That year, The Phantom was serialized in the Australian Woman’s Mirror. A Sunday Phantom strip was added on May 28, 1939.

During World War II Falk joined the Office of War Information, where he became chief of the radio foreign-language division. Moore also served during the war and left the strip to his assistant, Wilson McCoy. When Moore returned he worked sporadically on the strip until 1949, when McCoy succeeded him. During McCoy’s tenure, The Phantom appeared in thousands of newspapers worldwide and was smuggled by boat into Nazi-occupied Norway during the war; “Phantom” was a password for the Norwegian resistance movement.

McCoy died unexpectedly in 1961. Carmine Infantino and Bill Lignante (who later drew several Phantom stories for comic books) filled in before a successor was found in Sy Barry. During Barry’s early years he and Falk modernized the strip, laying the foundation for what is considered the Phantom’s modern look. Under Barry, Bengalla became a democracy and the character of President Lamanda Luaga was introduced. Barry worked on The Phantom for over 30 years until his 1994 retirement, drawing a total of about 11,000 strips. phantom02

His longtime assistant George Olesen remained on the strip as penciller, with Keith Williams inking the daily strip. The Sunday strip was inked by Eric Doescher until Fred Fredericks succeeded him in 1995.

Falk continued to script The Phantom and Mandrake until his death on March 13, 1999. His last daily and Sunday strip stories, “Terror at the Opera” and “The Kidnappers”, were finished by his wife Elizabeth after her husband pulled off his oxygen mask in the hospital to dictate the storyline. After Falk’s death King Features cooperated with European comic publisher Egmont, publisher of the Swedish Fantomen magazine (which changed from publishing Phantom stories in comic-book format to providing the newspaper strip as well) by adapting their own Phantom comic-book stories into the strip format. Fantomen writers Tony De Paul and Claes Reimerthi alternated as writers of the newspaper strip after Falk died, with De Paul handling the daily strips and Reimerthi the Sunday ones. De Paul would later become the strip’s sole writer. Some stories were adapted from those originally published in Fantomen.

In 2000, Olesen and Fredericks retired from the Sunday strip. It was continued by comic-book artist Graham Nolan, who had drawn three Fantomen covers. In early 2005 Olesen and Williams left the daily strip after Olesen retired, and artist Paul Ryan (who had worked on the Fantomen comic stories and had been a fan of the character since childhood) took over the daily strip. Ryan succeeded Nolan as artist on the Sunday strip in 2007. On July 31, 2011, Eduardo Barreto became the Sunday-page artist. He died after only a few months, and Ryan temporarily took over the Sunday page again on January 15, 2012 (which featured a memorial to Barreto). Ryan also did the following week’s strip, before Terry Beatty became Barreto’s replacement.

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UPDATE 07-02-2017

Phantom D038 – The movie stars
Phantom D040 – The gray gang
Phantom D048 – The toad men

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Phantom D049 – The lady from nowhere
Phantom D050 – The matchmaker
Phantom D070 – The Carlyle’s good mark

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Phantom D075 – Oogooru and the witchmen
Phantom D079 – The 50th wife
Phantom D103 – The art thieves
Phantom D105 – The jungle home

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Phantom D107 – The gladiator
Phantom D110 – Prince bular of tulana
Phantom D112 – The fence
Phantom D113 – The mysterious passenger

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Phantom D114 – The vultures
Phantom D115 – The lost city of pheenix
Phantom D116 – The witchman
Phantom D117 – The tanker jackers
Phantom D118 – The keeper of the peace

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Phantom D119 – The giant of kaluga pass
Phantom D120 – Zokko
Phantom D121 – Vampires of koqania
Phantom D122 – The vandal looters
Phantom D123 – The pampered princess

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Phantom D124 – The curse of the sacred image
Phantom D125 – The normal life
Phantom D126 – The cavelands
Phantom D127 – Unknown title

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Phantom D128 – Unknown title
Phantom D129 – Star of bangalla
Phantom D130 – Mystery of kula-ku
Phantom D131 – S.S. blitz
Phantom D132 – Return of the terrorists

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Phantom D133 – The proposal
Phantom D134 – Guardian of the eastern Dark
Phantom D135 – The tyrant of tarakimo
Phantom D136 – The wedding of the phantom
Phantom D137 – The three bandits

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Phantom D138 – Return to tarakimo
Phantom D139 – Jungle city
Phantom D140 – The hiers

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Phantom D141 – Jungle gold
Phantom D142 – The return of general bababu
Phantom D143 – The tree house
Phantom D144 – The poachers

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Phantom D145 – Gooroo’s jungle muggers
Phantom D146 – The hostages
Phantom D147 – The phantom’s vacation
Phantom D148 – The return of gooroo’s mob
Phantom D149 – Tale of rex

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Phantom D150 – Queen karola of kula-ku
Phantom D174 – King bongong

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Phantom S002 – The precious cargo of colonel winn
Phantom S019 – The marshall sisters
Phantom S027 – Jungle king
Phantom S039 – The stolen cup
Phantom S067 – The veiled lady
Phantom S079 – The dolphins

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Phantom S080 – The gold prospectors
Phantom S081 – Alexander’s diamond cup
Phantom S082 – Tale of the gooley-gooley witch
Phantom S083 – The trophy bearer
Phantom S084 – The wig
Phantom S085 – The good mark of the phantom
Phantom S086 – The flying drug smugglers
Phantom S087 – The massacre

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Phantom S088 – The bike gang
Phantom S089 – The hawk master
Phantom S090 – The sky divers
Phantom S091 – Rex and the little people
Phantom S092 – The golden wood

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Phantom S093 – Phantom treasure
Phantom S094 – Tale of joomba
Phantom S095 – Little girl
Phantom S096 – The first phantom
Phantom S097 – The golden beach

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Phantom S098 – The blue giant
Phantom S099 – Joonkar and the slavers
Phantom S100 – The stolen ring

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Phantom S110 – Unknown title

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Phantom S112 – The uninvited visitors
Phantom S115 – Kit and the little people
Phantom S122 – Alexander’s diamond cup
Phantom S123 – The whispering grove

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Phantom S124 – The forest giants
Phantom S125 – Phantom head peak
Phantom S126 – Sunken treasure
Phantom S128 – Queen amaza’s mate

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Phantom S129 – The fighting twins
Phantom S130 – The irrondi and the great ones
Phantom S133 – Death from the sky
Phantom S137 – The fourth son

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Phantom S138 – Tiger, tiger!
Phantom S140 – The jungle olympics
Phantom S141 – The isle of death
Phantom S142 – Phantom world

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Phantom S144 – Queen medusa
Phantom S148 – The vanished village
Phantom S149 – The floradon mystery
Phantom S151 – The wharf rats
Phantom S152 – The shipwreckers

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Phantom S153 – Woduro’s secret
Phantom S154 – The lion’s head tamarine
Phantom S156 – The briefcase
Phantom S157 – The snake godess’s island
Phantom S158 – Terror in mawitaan
Phantom S159 – The sinbad stone
Phantom S160 – The viking fortress mystery
Phantom S162 – Conspiracy to restore the old ways
Phantom S187 – Shadows on devil road

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Complete Newspaper Dailies v1

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1 Daily story

D001 – The Singh Brotherhood

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3 Daily stories

D002 – Sky Band
D003 – Diamond Hunters
D004 – Little Tommy

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5 Daily stories

D005 – Prisoner of the Himalayas
D006 – Adventure in Algiers
D007 – The Shark’s Nest
D008 – Fishers of Pearls
D009 – The Slave Traders

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3 Daily stories

D010 – The mysterious girl
D011 – The Golden Circle
D012 – The Seahorse

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3 Daily stories

D013 – The Game of Alvar
D014 – Aviatrix Lost
D015 – Phantom’s Treasure

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3 Daily stories

D016 – The goes to war
D017 – Bent Beak Broder
D018 – The Phantom’s Engagement

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4 Daily stories

D019 – The Governer and Suzie
D020 – The Spy Gang
D021 – The Crooner
D022 – The Maharajah’s daughter

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6 Daily stories

D023 – The Blue Gang
D024 – Lago the Lake God
D025 – The Wild Girl
D026 – The Mermaids of Melo Straits
D027 – Princess Valerie
D028 – Queen Asta of Trondelay

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3 Daily stories

D029 – Mister Hog
D030 – Romance and the Vesta Pirates
D031 – The Devil Road

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4 Daily stories

D032 – The Lady Luck
D033 – The Masked Marvel
D034 – Fathers and Sons
D035 – The Flirtatious Princess

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5 Daily stories

D036 – The Thugees
D037 – The Ape Idol of the Durugu
D039 – The White Monkey
D041 – Whirlpool Channel
D042 – The Tiger Girl

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6 Daily stories

D043 – The Governer’s Family
D044 – The Professor
D045 – The Jungle Patrol
D046 – Bobo the Toy Dog
D047 – The Grat Ajax
D051 – The Super Apes

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5 Daily stories

D052 – Ragon’s Game
D053 – The Mob
D054 – The Wrestling Tourney
D055 – Aboard the SS Gay
D056 – The Slimming of Prince Tagon

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6 Daily stories

D058 – Dr Axel and the Witchmen
D059 – Queen Sansamor and the Sixth Man
D060 – The Wisdom of Solomon
D061 – U-Town
D062 – The Grove of the Sleeping Giant
D063 – The Shoplifters

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6 Daily stories

D065 – Wambo the Gambler
D066 – The White Princess
D067 – The Valley of No Return
D068 – The Crown Jewels of Corba
D069 – The Scorpia
D071 – The Crybaby

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5 Daily stories

D072 – The Underwater Diamond Thieves
D073 – The Betrothal
D074 – The Swamp Rats
D076 – The Reporter
D077 – The Monkey Mail

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5 Daily stories

D078 – The Gurk Twins
D080 – The Iron Dragon
D082 – Slave Market of Mucar
D083 – The Epidemic
D084 – Wharf Rats

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4 Daily stories

D085 – The Mysterious Ambassador
D086 – Mystery of Island of Dogs
D087 – Drummer of Timpenni
D088 – The Reef

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4 Daily stories

D089 – Adventures of Lucy Cary
D090 – The Bad Ones
D091 – The Hanta Witch
D092 – Prince Hali and the White Stalion

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5 Daily stories

D093 – Bullets’ Town
D094 – The Killer
D095 – The Sea God
D096 – The Satchel
D097 – The Crime School

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7 Daily stories

D098 – Deadman’s Point
D099 – The Rogue Elephant
D100 – Rex and the Trophy Thieves
D101 – The Frame Up
D102 – The Hydra
D104 – The Masked Ball
D106 – Rex, The Missing Heir

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6 Sunday stories

S001 – The League of Lost Men
S003 – The Fire Goddess
S004 – The Beachcomber
S005 – The Saboteurs
S006 – The Return of the Sky Band
S007 – The Imposter

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6 Sunday stories

S008 – Castle in the Clouds
S009 – The Ismani Cannibals
S010 – Hamid the Terrible
S011 – The Young Phantom
S012 – The Golden Princess
S013 – The Strange Fisherman

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10 Sunday stories

S014 – Queen Pera the Perfect
S015 – King of Beasts
S016 – The Scarlet Sorceress
S018 – The Dragon God
S020 – The Trophy
S021 – The Haunted Castle
S022 – Fathers and Sons
S023 – The Flirtatious Princess
S024 – The Thuggees
S025 – The Ape Idol of the Durugu

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9 Sunday stories

S026 – The Mysterious Passenger
S028 – The Phantom’s Ring
S029 – The Rope People
S030 – Tale of the Devil
S031 – The Copter Pirates
S032 – The Female Phantom
S033 – Diana and the Bank Robbers
S034 – The Chain
S035 – Madcap Marion

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11 Sunday stories

S036 – The Imaginary Playmate
S037 – The Belt
S038 – The Master Spy
S040 – The Gibs Brothers
S041 – The Crescent Cult
S042 – The Horned Star Demons
S043 – A Proper Husband
S044 – The Jungle Tourneys
S045 – Pirate Day
S046 – The Rattle
S047 – Danglor, International Bank Thief

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9 Sunday stories

S048 – A Lesson for Prince Orq
S049 – The Frameup
S050 – The Monster of Green Valley
S051 – The Plant God of Massau
S052 – Conley’s Good Mark
S053 – The Childhood of the Phantom
S054 – The River Gang
S055 – The Honeymooners Colour
S055 – The Honeymooners

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7 Sunday stories

S056 – The Goggle Eye Pirates
S057 – Fluffy
S058 – The Limper
S059 – Queen Samaris XII
S060 – Treasure of the Skull Cave
S061 – The Astronaut and the Pirates
S062 – Old Baldy

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8 Sunday stories

S063 – The Giant Bird of Gandor
S064 – The Founding of the Jungle Patrol Colour
S065 – The Weird Webs of Spidera
S066 – Mystery of Wamba Falls Inn
S068 – Rex King
S069 – The Golden Sands of Keela Wee
S070 – The Lions of Kukhan
S071 – The Super Jet Pirates

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7 Sunday stories

S072 – Strangers at Keela Wee
S073 – The Little Ones
S074 – The Black Gold Pirates
S075 – Walker’s Table
S076 – The Hijackers
S077 – The Missing Link
S078 – The Golden People

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22 responses »

  1. dottedsun says:

    Amazing!, just amazing!

    Great job!!

    Thank you very, very much!! for all your job.

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  2. Vidyadhar Yagnik says:

    Thanks a lot

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  3. johndripper says:

    when r you uploading the missing strips?

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  4. Neil A. Hansen says:

    Hi, I don’t know if you’d want to add this material or not, but I felt this might be very useful. It has a vast library of Phantom material to download: http://empire-dcp-minutemen-scan.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-phantom-collection-1936-2014.html. This includes the majority of comic books that have existed featuring The Ghost Who Walks.

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    • boutje777 says:

      Thanks for the link, i will look around to see if there is something there that i miss, i am working on a update for Phantom newspapers first, many missing dailies and sundays.

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  5. Nishant says:

    Awesome collection !
    You can find frew phantom comics collection from here
    http://www.ipcomics.net/phantom/

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  6. Neil A. Hansen says:

    Will you be putting up the Frew stuff and the comic book runs of the Phantom?

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    • boutje777 says:

      Perhaps. I don’t know exactly which blog they will fit, it’s to new for the golden age super heroes, maybe they fit in the crime and police ?

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    • boutje777 says:

      Yes, Jungle Comics is a good suggestion, i will do that. I will look and search what i have and can find Phantom related and place these on the Jungle Comics blog. Can take a few weeks though because i am working on other updates also.

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  7. Krishna says:

    Thanks for all. I really appreciate you.

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  8. Luke says:

    Thanks a lot, I couldn’t find these anywhere else.

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