Phantom#22 May 1967 King Comics Cover: Sy Barry Script: Bill Harris Pencils/Inks: Bill Lignante
Folklore plays a very important role in Phantom stories and this one is no exception. Folklore is the source of the Phantom's power. It is the belief of the various indigenous peoples of Bengali that the Phantom is an immortal, a spirit in the flesh. It is because they believe this that he is able to keep the peace between the various tribes.
From time to time, someone (usually a disgruntled or power-mad witch doctor) tries to exploit the power of folklore to discredit and Usurp the Phantom's power over the hearts and minds of the local tribes. This is one of those stories. Here's part one of "The Secret of Magic Mountain"
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