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Hero Worship: Ghost Who Walks



One of our oldest and most popular comic heroes is the Phantom, created by Lee Falk as a daily newspaper strip in 1936. Falk, who also gave us Mandrake the Magician, was impressed by the success and popularity of Tarzan and sundry caped heroes, and decided to give us a strip about a costumed crimefighter who works out of a skull-shaped cave in the African jungle. The strip went on to Sunday color comics in 1939, and though Falk died in 1999, both the dailies and Sunday strips are still running. Phantom’s stories have been published in all kinds of languages around the world, and also appeared in short stories, comic books, graphic novels, movies, Saturday serials, and TV. He’s still extremely popular overseas. in places like Brazil, Norway, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Italy, India, Denmark, Great Britain, Australia, and Spain.

Britney Shephards
Britney Shephards

I have a very loud laugh ( so *they* said) and a penchant for cocktail rings (the bigger, the better). It would be wise not to test me on Sex and the City trivia. Funnel muffins are the way to my heart.

5 Comments
  1. shimmir123

    April 21, 2017 3:17 pm

    Loved The Phantom, and a lot of other older ones. Doc Savage, The Shadow and my dad and I were fans of the books and comics of the original John Carter, warlord of mars and not that silly movie they came out with. Thank for posting this.

  2. CartoonMan!

    April 21, 2017 3:17 pm

    This is great!

  3. veecee27

    April 21, 2017 3:17 pm

    Thanks!You brought back a lot of old memories……………I grew up with this guy! My most favourite name for the Phantom was "The Guardian of the Eastern Dark"

  4. avalonroad

    April 21, 2017 3:17 pm

    Good stuff!

  5. Giuseppe Iacobellis

    April 21, 2017 3:17 pm

    Lee Folk is dead leaving behind if a beautiful memory!!John is indeed a beautiful homage give life to this character!5/5 * hi from Pino

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