Diana talking with a Scorpia man in "The Scorpia".
|First appearance:||"The Singh Brotherhood"|
|Created by:||Lee Falk & Ray Moore|
Diana Palmer-Walker is a character in the American comic strip "The Phantom". She is married to Kit Walker, the 21st Phantom.The couple have two children together, Kit and Heloise. Most recently, Diana has been working in the UN's Bangalla office.
Diana first appeared in "The Singh Brotherhood", the very first Phantom story. She even appeared in the very first daily strip, before the Phantom himself had been shown.
Fictional Character Biography
Diana was born into a wealthy family. Her father's fate is unknown, but he is presumed to have died while Diana was still young, leaving Lily Palmer to raise her only child with the help of her brother, Dave Palmer.
It is also known that her maternal grandfather is H. H. Palmer and that she has an aunt, Elsie, who is her mother's only sister and the one in the family who is rich, Diana being her favorite.
Meeting Kit Walker
Diana first met Kit Walker in Clarksville, USA, when they were both children. Kit, having recently arrived to live in the US together with his faithful friend Guran of the Bandar tribe, had run away from his aunt and uncle, Sid and Bessie, due to strong homesickness. Diana, only eight years old at the time, convinced the ten year old Kit to stay together with his aunt and uncle.
Some time later, Kit rescued Diana from a panther, which had recently escaped from the local zoo, and was now running freely around in Clarksville. Kit, with his years of jungle training, shot the animal dead with a bow and arrows he had taken from his sports-teacher.
After the dramatic events with the panther, the two did not see each other for years, before they were unexpectedly reunited at a Christmas party several years later, both around the age of eighteen to twenty. Kit was already a celebrated sportsman in almost every field, and Diana had broken records for her diving.
Kit and Diana fell in love with each other that Christmas holiday, the relationship going as far as Kit considering proposing to her.
However, his plans were interrupted by Guran, who came back to USA from Bangalla to tell Kit that his father was dying after being stabbed in the back by Rama Singh, leaving Kit with no other choice than leaving Diana and travelling back to his homeland to take over the mantle of the Phantom.
Kit and Diana married in a story from 1977. The wedding took place in the legendary Skull Cave. President of Bangalla, Lamanda Luaga, and President of Ivory-Lana, Goranda, were both present at the wedding and conducting it, also present were Mandrake the Magician, together with Lothar, Diana's mother and uncle, Lily and Dave Palmer, Dr Torbjörn Axel, Colonel Worubu, and all the chiefs of the tribes of Bangalla.
After a short career as a nurse, Diana is today working in the UN. She also has an Olympic medal in diving and a black belt in karate.
In other media
Diana was portrayed by Jeanne Bates in the 1943 Phantom movie serial. However, in the serial, she is the niece of Professor Davidson, and she is not romantically involved with the Phantom, but is intending to marry a man named Byron in the beginning of the story.
In 1996, Kristy Swanson portrayed her in Paramount's film "The Phantom", featuring Billy Zane as The Phantom. Diana is here sent out by her uncle Dave, in the film a wealthy newspaper publisher, to Bangalla to help with the search of a fabled weapon of doom, the Skulls of Touganda. When she is trapped by the henchmen of bad guy Xander Drax, she is saved by the Phantom, who unbeknownst to her is really her college boyfriend, Kit Walker. Towards the end of the film (according to the novelization) she works out the Phantom's true identity based on the fact that he appeared just after Kit disappeared - which makes her smarter than most superheroes' girlfriends.
In the 2010 TV pilot, she was killed several years ago, trying to protect her son Kit.
- Due to being confused with another Phantom character; an evil aviatrix named Sala, Diana Palmer is called Sala Palmer in Norway, one of the countries where the Phantom comics are the most popular.
- Over 16 men, apart from the Phantom, have proposed to Diana or abducted her to force her into marriage.
- When Sy Barry saw Jaclyn Smith in "Charlie's Angels" (originally aired 1976-1981), he began to use her as the modell for Diana. ("Fantomen Talar" in Fantomen 7/2003)