A graduate of the Pratt Institute, Bill Lignante first became associated with The Phantom when he was asked to finish a strip which had been uncompleted at the time of Wilson McCoy's death in 1961. He then went on to draw the Sunday strip from August, 1961 to May 1962.
Lignante was hired to draw The Phantom for the comic books which were licensed by King Features Syndicate to Gold Key and King Comics. (From "The Belt" The Phantom #8, Gold Key, 1962)
He also worked as an artist at the Hanna-Barbera animation studio for 16 years and worked for ABC news as a courtroom artist for 26 years, illustrating the trials of Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan and Patty Hearst, among others.
For more on Gold Key Comics, and to read "The Belt" in it's entirety, be sure to visit Mykal Banta's Gold Key Comics Blog
Before there was Superman or Batman or Spider-Man, there was The Phantom. Playwright and cartoonist Lee Falk introduced The Phantom to the world in 1936.
Since then, The Phantom has run continuously in newspapers around the world, gaining a following in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and New Zealand. He has spawned films adaptations, paperback novels, an animated television show and several comic book series.
I have been drawn to the Phantom by his unique backstory-one of the best in sequential media. This blog will let me share with others the exciting world of "The Ghost Who Walks, Who Cannot Die...The Phantom!!"
The Phantom and all related characters, indicia, etc. are copyright 2010 King Features Syndicate.
All scans and art are taken from my own comics except where otherwise noted and are utilized under the legal understanding of fair use.
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" 'The Phantom' is a marvelous role model because he wins against evil. Evil does not triumph against the Phantom... He hates dictatorship, and is in favor of democracy. He is also opposed to any violation of human rights." -Lee Falk