Aftenposten

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Aftenposten is a Norwegian newspaper that published "The Phantom" daily strip. It was the first Norwegian publication to publish "The Phantom".

History

Aftenposten (Norwegian for "The Evening Post") was founded in 1860. It is published in two editions; the morning edition is published nationwide seven days a week, and the evening edition is published locally around Oslo and is as of 2009 published three days a week. The Phantom comic strip has usually been published in the evening edition.

A-magasinet

Promotion for the upcoming Phantom comic strip; from A-magasinet #46/1939 (November 18, 1939).

"The Phantom" first appeared in Aftenposten's Saturday supplement A-magasinet on November 25, 1939. An announcement introducing the strip had been published the previous week.

The first Phantom comic strip; from A-magasinet #47/1939 (November 25, 1939).

The first story was "The League of Lost Men", published in color. It started only six months after it was first published in the US. Other Sunday strip stories followed.

Due to World War II and shortage of paper, A-magasinet was cancelled and the Phantom strip was moved into the regular Aftenposten in 1942.

Edited strips

When the Phantom first appeared in A-magasinet, there was very little editing of the Sunday strips. Later on however, the strips were edited with all speech bubbles removed and the text printed below the panels. This practice was kept until 1980.


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Sala and Diana

The last story published in A-magasinet was "The Return of the Sky Band", where the Phantom meets the pirate Sala once again. The previous stories featuring Sala had not been published in A-magasinet (since they were daily stories), and no stories with Diana Palmer had been published in A-magasinet either. When the Sky Band story was abruptly ended, the Norwegian readers were still under the impression that Sala and the Phantom may have romantic feelings for each other. The next published story, "The Game of Alvar", was published as a daily strip in the regular Aftenposten. It begins with Diana and the Phantom walking together, and was edited so Diana was given the name Sala Palmer, implying that she was the same girl as Sala the pirate from the Sky Band story – now the Phantom's girlfriend. The name Sala has been used for Diana Palmer in Norway ever since.

Classic stories

To celebrate 60 years of The Phantom strip in Aftenposten, a selection of classic stories were published starting May 3, 1999. The stories were "The Tiger Girl" (drawn by Wilson McCoy), "Princess Valerie" (drawn by Ray Moore), and "The Mysterious Ambassador" (drawn by Sy Barry). Unlike their previous apperances in Aftenposten, this time the strips were not edited with speech bubbles removed.

Published stories

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Original story title Start date End date Comment
"The League of Lost Men" November 25, 1939 April 6, 1940 published weekly in color in A-magasinet #47/1939–14/1940
"The Precious Cargo of Colonel Winn" April 13, 1940 November 2, 1940 published weekly in A-magasinet #15, 16, 26–44/1940
"The Fire Goddess" November 9, 1940 April 12, 1941 published weekly in A-magasinet #45/1940-15/1941
"The Beachcomber" April 19, 1941 September 20, 1941 published weekly in A-magasinet #16–38/1941
"The Saboteurs" September 27, 1941 November 15, 1941 published weekly in A-magasinet #39–46/1941
"The Return of the Sky Band" November 22, 1941 March 28, 1942 published weekly in A-magasinet #47/1941–13/1942, incomplete
"The Game of Alvar" March 30, 1942 August 20, 1942 published daily in Aftenposten from now on
"The Sea Horse" August 21, 1942 January 8, 1943
"Diana Aviatrix Lost" January 11, 1943 August 14, 1943
"The Phantom's Treasure" August 16, 1943 March 9, 1944
"Bent Beak Broder" March 10, 1944 July 19, 1944
"The Phantom's Engagement" July 20, 1944 September 20, 1944
"High Seas Highjacker" September 21, 1944 May 4, 1945
"Diana" May 5, 1945 August 6, 1945
"The Crooner" August 7, 1945 November 12, 1945
"The Inexorables" November 13, 1945 March 16, 1946 incomplete
"The Maharajah's Daughter" March 18, 1946 October 19, 1946
"The Blue Gang" October 21, 1946 December 16, 1946
"Lago the Lake God" December 17, 1946 March 5, 1947
"The Wild Girl" March 6, 1947 June 14, 1947
"Princess Valerie" September 23, 1947 February 20, 1948
"Romance" August 2, 1948 April 8, 1949
"The Devil Road" April 9, 1949 October 7, 1949
"The Girls" October 8, 1949 March 21, 1950
"The Masked Marvel" March 22, 1950 July 21, 1950
"The Flirtatious Princess" July 22, 1950 November 17, 1950
"The Movie Stars" November 18, 1950 March 29, 1951
"The Thuggees" March 30, 1951 October 6, 1951 the first four strips missing
"The White Monkey" October 8, 1951 January 4, 1952
"The Gray Gang" January 5, 1952 April 30, 1952
"Whirlpool Channel" May 2, 1952 July 29, 1952
"The Tiger Girl" July 30, 1952 October 27, 1952
"The Governor's Family" October 28, 1952 January 17 , 1953
"The Professor" January 19, 1953 May 7, 1953
"The Jungle Patrol" May 8, 1953 July 24, 1953 the first strip missing
"Bobo the Toy Dog" July 25, 1953 September 11, 1953
"The Great Ajax" September 12, 1953 December 4, 1953
"The Toad Men" December 5, 1953 April 30, 1954
"The Lady from Nowhere" May 3, 1954 August 26, 1954
"The Matchmaker" August 27, 1954 December 15, 1954
"The Super Apes" December 16, 1954 April 12, 1955
"Ragon's Game" April 13, 1955 August 19, 1955
"The Mob" August 20, 1955 November 25, 1955
"The Wrestling Tourney" November 26, 1955 March 3, 1956
"Aboard the SS Gay" March 4, 1956 June 4, 1956
"The Slimming of Prince Tagon" June 5, 1956 August 13, 1956
"Captain Kidder's Treasure" August 14, 1956 October 20, 1956
"Dr Axel and the Witchmen" October 22, 1956 January 2, 1957
"Queen Sansamor and the Sixth Man" January 3, 1957 April 16, 1957
"The Wisdom of Solomon" April 17, 1957 May 27, 1957
"U-Town" May 28, 1957 August 21, 1957
"The Grove of the Sleeping Giant" August 22, 1957 Decemer 4, 1957
"The Shoplifters" December 5, 1957 February 22, 1958
"The Heavyweight Champion" February 24, 1958 April 23, 1958
"Wambo the Gambler" April 24, 1958 July 14, 1958
"The White Princess" July 15, 1958 October 13, 1958
"The Valley of No Return" October 14, 1958 January 8, 1959
"The Crown Jewels of Corba" January 9, 1959 April 13, 1959
"The Scorpia" April 13, 1959 August 26, 1959
"The Two Signs" August 27, 1959 December 15, 1959 the first strip missing
"The Crybaby" December 16, 1959 February 25, 1960 the first strip missing
"The Underwater Diamond Thieves" February 25, 1960 July 7, 1960
"The Betrothal" July 8, 1960 October 13, 1960
"The Swamp Rats" October 14, 1960 February 3, 1961
"The Flying Horse" February 4, 1961 May 27, 1961
"The Reporter" May 29, 1961 August 12, 1961
"The Monkey Mail" August 14, 1961 December 13, 1961 the first three strips missing
"The Jungle Olympics" December 13, 1961 March 10, 1962
"The 50th Wife" March 12, 1962 July 16, 1962
"The Iron Dragon" July 17, 1962 October 1, 1962
"The Werewolf" October 2, 1962 January 11, 1963
"The Slave Market of Mucar" January 12, 1963 July 12, 1963 the first strip missing
"The Epidemic" July 13, 1963 November 15, 1963
"The Wharf Rats" November 16, 1963 March 17, 1964
"The Mysterious Ambassador" March 18, 1964 November 10, 1964
"The Mystery of the Island of Dogs" November 11, 1964 June 4, 1965
"The Drummer of Timpenni" June 8, 1965 September 11, 1965
"The Reef" September 13, 1965 December 18, 1965
"The Adventures of Lucy Cary" December 20, 1965 June 14, 1966
"The Bad Ones" June 15, 1966 October 18, 1966
"The Hanta Witch" October 19, 1966 February 1, 1967
"Prince Hali and the White Stallion" February 2, 1967 July 13, 1967
"Bullets' Town" July 14, 1967 December 7, 1967
"The Killer" December 8, 1967 March 25, 1968
"The Sea God" March 26, 1968 July 16, 1968
"The Satchel" July 17, 1968 October 8, 1968
"The Crime School" October 9, 1968 January 17, 1969
"Deadman's Point" January 18, 1969 April 29, 1969
"The Rogue Elephant" April 30, 1969 August 23, 1969
"Jungle Olympics" August 25, 1969 December 6, 1969
"The Frame-Up" December 8, 1969 February 11, 1970
"The Hydra" February 12, 1970 May 27, 1970
"The Art Thieves" May 28, 1970 September 22, 1970 the first strip missing
"The Masked Ball" September 23, 1970 November 3, 1970
"The Jungle Home" November 4, 1970 February 4, 1971 the first strip missing
"Rex, the Missing Heir" February 5, 1971 May 27, 1971
"The Gladiator" May 28, 1971 September 10, 1971
"The Missing Daddy" September 11, 1971 December 10, 1971
"Luaga's Undercover Tour" December 11, 1971 March 20, 1972
"The Mission" March 21, 1972 August 8, 1972
"Yes" August 9, 1972 October 17, 1972
"The Fence" October 18, 1972 January 12, 1973
"The Mysterious Passenger" January 13, 1973 March 30, 1973
"The Vultures" March 31, 1973 July 21, 1973
"The Lost City of Pheenix" July 23, 1973 September 22, 1973
"The Witchman" September 24, 1973 December 22, 1973
"The Tanker-Jackers" December 27, 1973 April 3, 1974
"The Giant of Kaluga" April 4, 1974 July 25, 1974
"The Things" July 26, 1974 November 6, 1974
"Vandal-Looters" November 7, 1974 February 15, 1975
"The Pampered Princess" February 17, 1975 June 30, 1975
"The Curse of the Sacred Image" July 1, 1975 November 22, 1975 the first strip missing
"The Normal Life" November 24, 1975 November 25, 1975 the fourth and fifth strip only
"T" November 26, 1975 April 27, 1976
"Hzzz" April 28, 1976 July 17, 1976
"Star of Bangalla" July 18, 1976 October 23, 1976
"Mystery of Kula-Ku" October 25, 1976 March 22, 1977
"S.S. Blitz" March 23, 1977 June 28, 1977
"Return of the Terrorists" June 29, 1977 October 18, 1977
"The Proposal" October 19, 1977 November 29, 1977
"Guardian of the Eastern Dark" November 30, 1977 April 17, 1978
"The Tyrant of Tarakimo" April 18, 1978 July 8, 1978
"Phantom Wedding" July 10, 1978 October 14, 1978
"The Three Bandits" October 16, 1978 December 23, 1978
"Return to Tarakimo" December 27, 1978 May 31, 1979
"Jungle City" June 1, 1979 September 8, 1979
"The Heirs" September 11, 1979 February 13, 1980
"Jungle Gold" February 14, 1980 June 12, 1980
"The Return of General Bababu" June 13, 1980 November 20, 1980
"The Tree House" November 21, 1980 May 4, 1981 First strip with speech bubbles on January 29, 1981
"The Poachers" May 5, 1981 August 20, 1981
"Gooroo's Jungle Muggers" August 21, 1981 January 27, 1982
"The Hostages" January 28, 1982 May 4, 1982
"The Phantom's Vacation" May 5, 1982 July 17, 1982
"The Return of Gooroo's Mob" July 19, 1982 November 20, 1982
"Tale of Rex" November 22, 1982 July 30, 1983
"Queen Karola of Kula-Ku" August 1, 1983 January 4, 1984
"Ughland" January 5, 1984 May 30, 1984
"Visit to Baronkhan" June 1, 1984 October 30, 1984
"Luck and Wealth" October 31, 1984 May 11, 1985
"The Kimberly Diamonds" May 13, 1985 August 29, 1985
"The Embassy Siege" August 30, 1985 December 12, 1985
"The Presidents" December 13, 1985 June 5, 1986
"Drug Busters" June 6, 1986 September 9, 1986
"The Lake Lady" September 10, 1986 March 10, 1987
"Ruler of Baronkhan" March 11, 1987 July 23, 1987
"The Tarashima Terrorists" July 24, 1987 May 11, 1988
"The Snake Goddess" May 13, 1988 October 17, 1988
"Zabadabah" October 18, 1988 February 23, 1989
"The Man-Thing" February 24, 1989 July 10, 1989
"Great Raptor of Rhua" July 11, 1989 October 21, 1989
"Chasamba" October 23, 1989 March 26, 1990
"Rex: Prince of Baronkhan" March 27, 1990 October 6, 1990
"Massacre at Walker's Table" October 8, 1990 January 25, 1991
"The Death Threat" January 28, 1991 July 15, 1991
"The Master of Eden" July 16, 1991 October 22, 1991
"Attack of the Witchmen" October 23, 1991 March 20, 1992
"The Valley of the Elephants" March 23, 1992 August 10, 1992
"The Jungle Patrol v The Drug Cartel" August 11, 1992 January 7, 1993 without the first four weeks
"King Bongong" January 8, 1993 May 4, 1993
"Prince Rex and Princess Alicia" May 5, 1993 August 18, 1993
"Blackie" August 19, 1993 November 26, 1993
"The Attilan Mystery" November 29, 1993 August 9, 1994
"The Moxley Awards" August 10, 1994 January 16, 1995
"The Plotters" January 17, 1995 May 26, 1995
"The Phantom Cowboy" May 29, 1995 January 19, 1996 the first strip missing
"Buried Treasure" January 22, 1996 July 5, 1996
"The Beasts of Phantom Head Peak" July 8, 1996 December 4, 1996
"Raiders of the Eastern Dark" December 5, 1996 May 20, 1997
"Mr Big" May 21, 1997 October 28, 1997
"Drama on Eden" October 29, 1997 July 6, 1998
"Prince Rex - Kidnapped" July 7, 1998 November 25, 1998
"The Silks of Emira" November 26, 1998 April 30, 1999
"The Tiger Girl" May 3, 1999 August 20, 1999
"Princess Valerie" August 23, 1999 April 11, 2000
"The Mysterious Ambassador" April 12, 2000 January 30, 2001
"The Treasure Hunters" January 31, 2001 June 21, 2001
"The Strange Robber" June 22, 2001 October 9, 2001
"The Secret City" October 10, 2001 February 8, 2002 the first strip is from original date October 2, 2000, first strip from original version missing
"Valley of the Gorillaman" February 11, 2002 May 8, 2002
"Ghost Quest" May 10, 2002 October 22, 2002
"The Ghost Pirates" October 23, 2002 February 20, 2003
"The Animal Collector" February 21, 2003 August 6, 2003
"The Immortal Man" August 7, 2003 January 20, 2004
"The Crusader's Treasure" January 21, 2004 July 22, 2004
"Jungle Mystery" July 23, 2004 December 27, 2004
"The Hit Men" December 28, 2004 June 3, 2005
"The Connoisseurs" June 6, 2005 October 25, 2005
"The Viper God" October 26, 2005 March 27, 2006
"The Locust God" March 28, 2006 August 28, 2006
"Stripes" August 29, 2006 January 30, 2007
"Temple of the Gods, Part 1: The U-Boat Mystery" January 31, 2007  ?
"The Crime Apprentices"  ? May 10, 2008
"The Jungle Trek" May 19, 2008 October 6, 2008 possible the first original strip missing
"The Return of Chatu" October 7, 2008 February 24, 2009
"The Doorman" February 25, 2009 September 16, 2009
"The Mozznappers" September 17, 2009 May 20, 2010
"The Voyaging Canoe" May 25, 2010 January 13, 2011
"Graffiti Phantom" January 18, 2011 October 13, 2011
"The Patrolwomen" October 18, 2011 June 14, 2012
"The Drill Boss" June 19, 2012  ?, 2012
"The Phantom at Sea" January 2, 2013 March 8, 2013 first four strips missing
"Terror Cells of New York" March 9, 2013 June 26, 2013
"The Trail to Gravelines Prison!" June 27, 2013 October 6, 2013
"Chatu's Fate" October 7, 2013 February 12, 2014
"The College Kid" February 13, 2014 May 12, 2014
"A Detente with Crime" May 13, 2014 August 24, 2014
"The Den of Tigers" August 25, 2014 December 4, 2014
"Mexico's Phantom" December 5, 2014 March 31, 2015
"The Phantom Lion" April 1, 2015 September 26, 2015
"The Aeronaut" September 27, 2015 April 6, 2016
"The Scoundrel" April 7, 2016 August 3, 2016
"Terror's Mutiny" August 4, 2016 November 2, 2016
"John X" November 3, 2016 February 20, 2017
"Patrolman X" February 21, 2017 June 12, 2017
"The Challenge" June 13, 2017 September 22, 2017
"The Twins' Futures" September 23, 2017 January 8, 2018 first five strips missing
"The Baronkhan Sedition" January 9, 2018 April 28, 2018
"Farewell to the Deep Woods" April 29, 2018 September 5, 2018
"The Phantom Stamp" September 6, 2018 December 8, 2018 first two strips missing
"The Curse of Old Man Mozz" December 9, 2018 May 24, 2019 some strips missing