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Lee Falk
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Biographical information
Born: April 28, 1911
Died: March 13, 1999
Nationality: Mini usa.gif American
Occupation: Writer
Website: N/A


Lee Falk (born Leon Harrison Gross, April 28, 1911 – March 13, 1999) was an American writer, best known as the creator of the popular comic strip heroes The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician, who at the height of their popularity secured him over a hundred million readers every day. He was also a playwright and theatrical director/producer, leading him to direct actors such as Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Paul Newman, Chico Marx, and Ethel Waters. Falk also contributed to a series of novels about the Phantom.

Life and career

Leon was born in St. Louis, where he spent his childhood and youth. His mother was Eleanor Alina (a name he would later on, in some form, use in both Mandrake and Phantom stories), and his father was Benjamin Gross. Both of his parents were Jewish. Benjamin Gross died when Leon was a child, and Eleanor remarried to Albert Falk Epstein, who became Leon's father figure in life.

Leon changed his surname after leaving college. He took the middle name of his stepfather (Albert Falk Epstein), but "Lee" had been his nickname since childhood. His brother, Leslie, also took the name "Falk" around the same time.

When he began his comics writing career, his official biography claimed that he was an experienced world traveller who had studied with Eastern mystics, etc. In fact, he had simply made it up in order to seem more like the right kind of person to be writing about globe-trotting heroes like Mandrake and the Phantom; the trip to New York to pitch Mandrake the Magician to King Features Syndicate was at the time the farthest he'd been from home. In later life, however, he became an experienced world traveller for real - at least partly, he said, to avoid the embarrassment of having his bluff inadvertently called by genuine travellers wanting to swap anecdotes.

During World War 2, Lee also worked as chief of propaganda for the new radio station KMOX in Illinois, where he became the leader of the radio foreign language division of the Office of War Information.

Lee Falk married three times, with Louise Kanasireff, Constance Moorehead Lilienthal, and Elizabeth Moxley (interestingly, he married Elizabeth, a respected stage-director, not long before he decided to marry the Phantom and his longtime girlfriend Diana Palmer in The Phantom strip). Elizabeth would sometimes help Lee with the scripts in his last years. She also finished his last Phantom stories after he died. Lee became the father of three children, Valerie (daughter of Louise Kanasireff), and Diane and Conley (children of Constance Moorehead Lilienthal).

Lee died because of heart failure in 1999. He lived the last years of his life in New York, in an apartment with a panoramic view of the New York skyline and Central Park;and,lived during the summers in a house on Cape Cod. He literally wrote his comic strips from 1934 to the last days of his life, when in hospital he tore off his oxygen mask to dictate his stories. However, his two characters, Mandrake and, in particular, The Phantom, are still active and popular, both in comic books and comic strips.

Creating Mandrake and The Phantom

Lee had a fascination for stage magicians ever since he was a kid. Lee, according to himself, sketched the first few Mandrake strips himself. When asked why the magician looked so much like himself, he replied, “Well, of course he did. I was alone in a room with a mirror when I drew him!”

The Phantom was inspired by Falk’s fascination for myths and legends, like the ones about El Cid, King Arthur, Nordic and Greek folklore, and popular fictional characters like Tarzan and Mowgli from The Jungle Book. Falk originally tinkered with the idea of calling his character The Gray Ghost, but finally decided that he preferred The Phantom. Lee revealed in an interview that Robin Hood, who often wore tights in the stories about him, inspired the skin-tight costume of the Phantom, which is known to have influenced the entire superhero-industry. In the A&E Phantom biography, he also told that Greek busts inspired the idea of the Phantom’s pupils not showing when he wore his mask. The Greek busts had no pupils, which Falk felt gave them an inhuman, interesting look. It is known that the look of the Phantom inspired the look of what has today become known as superheroes.

Lee thought that his comic strips would last a few weeks at best. Still, he ended up writing them for 65 years, until the last days of his life.

Theatre

Lee's biggest passion was the theatre. During a lifetime, he ran 5 theaters, and produced around 300 plays, and directed 100 of them. He wrote 12 plays, two of them musicals; "Happy Dollar" and "Mandrake the Magician", based on his comic strip creation. After Lee's death, his widow Elizabeth directed a musical called "Mandrake the Magician and the Enchantress", which was written by Lee, which was essentially the same as the previous "Mandrake the Magician" musical. Some of his plays starred well known actors like Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston,Celeste Holm, Constance Moorehead, Basil Rathbone, Chico Marx, Ethel Waters, Paul Newman, Ezio Pinza, James Mason, Jack Warner, Shelley Winters, Farley Granger, Eve Arden, Alexis Smith, Victor Jory, Cedric Hardwicke, Eva Marie Saint, Eva Gabor, Sarah Churchill, James Donn, Eddie Bracken, Ann Corio, Robert Wilcox, and Paul Robeson.

The actors were all paid to perform, but many of them worked on fractions on what they would normally earn with their movie work. Lee was proud to tell that Marlon Brando turned down an offer of $10 000 a week to act on Broadway, in favor of working for Lee in Boston in 1953 in the play "Arms and the Man". His Boston contract was less than $500 a week.

Awards and recognition

Lee won many awards for his dedication to the field of writing for comics and theatre. Here are a selected few of them:

  • The Yellow Kid Award (1971)
  • The Roman Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Adamson Award for best foreign comics creator (Sweden, 1977)
  • The Golden Adamson (Sweden, 1986)
  • Silver T-Square Award (Reuben Award, 1986)
  • In May 1994, his birthplace St. Louis honored him with Lee Falk Day.

On the premiere of The Phantom movie starring Billy Zane, Lee received a letter from President Bill Clinton, congratulating him with his achievements.

Lee Falk has also been a candidate for the St. Louis Walk of Fame many times, but has so far not reached enough votes from the committee.

Quotes

"I give 100% of my time to theatre, and what's left goes to comics..."

(When asked about his age): "Never older than age thirty-nine."

"My only politics is up with democracy and down with dictatorships."

"Each artist, out of his own interests and imagination, creates his own world in his strip - this is true of Peanuts, Beetle Bailey, Popeye, all good strips. And you accomplish this not by imitating others - you come up with your own idea. To me, The Phantom and Mandrake are very real - much more than the people walking around whom I don't see very much. You have to believe in your own characters."

"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."

Appearances with his creations

Lee Falk's likeness has been used a couple of times in Phantom stories. He appears as the author Leo in "The Mystery on Cape Cod" and as another author in the fight against the Triads.

In the daily story "The Phantom at Sea" he appeared as himself narrating the events of the previous story, something that he did for every new story in the five story arc that began with "The Death of Diana Palmer Walker".



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Phantom work by Lee Falk

Stories

Daily stories

# Title Writer Artist Start End
1 "The Singh Brotherhood" Falk Falk, Moore 17 Feb 1936 7 Nov 1936
2 "The Sky Band" Falk Moore 9 Nov 1936 10 Apr 1937
3 "War in the Jungle" Falk Moore 12 Apr 1937 18 Sep 1937
4 "Little Toma" Falk Moore 20 Sep 1937 5 Feb 1938
5 "The Prisoner of the Himalayas" Falk Moore 7 Feb 1938 18 Jun 1938
6 "Adventure in Algiers" Falk Moore 20 Jun 1938 23 Jul 1938
7 "The Shark's Nest" Falk Moore 25 Jul 1938 5 Nov 1938
8 "Fishers of Pearls" Falk Moore 7 Nov 1938 28 Jan 1939
9 "The Slave Traders" Falk Moore 30 Jan 1939 6 May 1939
10 "The Mysterious Girl" Falk Moore 8 May 1939 2 Sep 1939
11 "The Golden Circle" Falk Moore 4 Sep 1939 20 Jan 1940
12 "The Seahorse" Falk Moore 22 Jan 1940 27 Jul 1940
13 "The Game of Alvar" Falk Moore 29 Jul 1940 14 Dec 1940
14 "Diana Aviatrix Lost" Falk Moore 16 Dec 1940 12 Jul 1941
15 "The Phantom's Treasure" Falk Moore 14 Jul 1941 31 Jan 1942
16 "The Inexorables" Falk Moore, McCoy 2 Feb 1942 9 Jan 1943
17 "Bent Beak Broder" Falk McCoy 11 Jan 1943 22 May 1943
18 "The Phantom's Engagement" Falk McCoy 24 May 1943 24 Jul 1943
19 "High Seas Highjacker" Falk McCoy 26 Jul 1943 26 Feb 1944
20 "Diana" Falk McCoy 28 Feb 1944 20 May 1944
21 "The Crooner" Falk McCoy 22 May 1944 26 Aug 1944
22 "The Maharajah's Daughter" Falk McCoy 28 Aug 1944 24 Mar 1945
23 "The Blue Gang" Falk McCoy 26 Mar 1945 26 May 1945
24 "Lago the Lake God" Falk McCoy 28 May 1945 11 Aug 1945
25 "The Wild Girl" Falk McCoy 13 Aug 1945 10 Nov 1945
26 "The Mermaids of Melo Straits" Falk Moore 12 Nov 1945 16 Feb 1946
27 "Princess Valerie" Falk Moore, McCoy 18 Feb 1946 13 Jul 1946
28 "Queen Asta of Trondelay" Falk McCoy 15 Jul 1946 26 Oct 1946
29 "Mister Hog" Falk McCoy 28 Oct 1946 29 Mar 1947
30 "Romance" Falk McCoy 31 Mar 1947 29 Nov 1947
31 "The Devil Road" Falk McCoy 1 Dec 1947 22 May 1948
32 "The Girls" Falk McCoy 24 May 1948 30 Oct 1948
33 "The Masked Marvel" Falk McCoy 1 Nov 1948 19 Feb 1949
34 "Fathers and Sons" Falk McCoy 21 Feb 1949 23 Apr 1949
35 "The Flirtatious Princess" Falk McCoy 25 Apr 1949 20 Aug 1949
36 "The Thuggees" Falk McCoy 22 Aug 1949 25 Feb 1950
37 "The Ape Idol of the Durugu" Falk McCoy 27 Feb 1950 6 May 1950
38 "The Movie Stars" Falk McCoy 8 May 1950 9 Sep 1950
39 "The White Monkey" Falk McCoy 11 Sep 1950 2 Dec 1950
40 "The Gray Gang" Falk McCoy 4 Dec 1950 24 Mar 1951
41 "Whirlpool Channel" Falk McCoy 26 Mar 1951 16 Jun 1951
42 "The Tiger Girl" Falk McCoy 18 Jun 1951 15 Sep 1951
43 "The Governor's Family" Falk McCoy 17 Sep 1951 1 Dec 1951
44 "The Professor" Falk McCoy 3 Dec 1951 15 Mar 1952
45 "The Jungle Patrol" Falk McCoy 17 Mar 1952 31 May 1952
46 "Bobo the Toy Dog" Falk McCoy 2 Jun 1952 19 Jul 1952
47 "The Great Ajax" Falk McCoy 21 Jul 1952 11 Oct 1952
48 "The Toad Men" Falk McCoy 13 Oct 1952 28 Feb 1953
49 "The Lady from Nowhere" Falk McCoy 2 Mar 1953 20 Jun 1953
50 "The Matchmaker" Falk McCoy 22 Jun 1953 10 Oct 1953
51 "The Super Apes" Falk McCoy 12 Oct 1953 30 Jan 1954
52 "Ragon's Game" Falk McCoy 1 Feb 1954 5 Jun 1954
53 "The Mob" Falk McCoy 7 Jun 1954 11 Sep 1954
54 "The Wrestling Tourney" Falk McCoy 13 Sep 1954 18 Dec 1954
55 "Aboard the SS Gay" Falk McCoy 20 Dec 1954 12 Mar 1955
56 "The Slimming of Prince Tagon" Falk McCoy 14 Mar 1955 21 May 1955
57 "Captain Kidder's Treasure" Falk McCoy 23 May 1955 30 Jul 1955
58 "Dr Axel and the Witchmen" Falk McCoy 1 Aug 1955 8 Oct 1955
59 "Queen Sansamor and the Sixth Man" Falk McCoy 10 Oct 1955 21 Jan 1956
60 "The Wisdom of Solomon" Falk McCoy 23 Jan 1956 25 Feb 1956
61 "U-Town" Falk McCoy 27 Feb 1956 19 May 1956
62 "The Grove of the Sleeping Giant" Falk McCoy 21 May 1956 1 Sep 1956
63 "The Shoplifters" Falk McCoy 3 Sep 1956 17 Nov 1956
64 "The Heavyweight Champion" Falk McCoy 19 Nov 1956 12 Jan 1957
65 "Wambo the Gambler" Falk McCoy 14 Jan 1957 30 Mar 1957
66 "The White Princess" Falk McCoy 1 Apr 1957 29 Jun 1957
67 "The Valley of No Return" Falk McCoy 1 Jul 1957 21 Sep 1957
68 "The Crown Jewels of Corba" Falk McCoy 23 Sep 1957 21 Dec 1957
69 "The Scorpia" Falk McCoy 23 Dec 1957 3 May 1958
70 "The Two Signs" Falk McCoy 5 May 1958 23 Aug 1958
71 "The Crybaby" Falk McCoy 25 Aug 1958 1 Nov 1958
72 "The Underwater Diamond Thieves" Falk McCoy 3 Nov 1958 7 Mar 1959
73 "The Betrothal" Falk McCoy 9 Mar 1959 13 Jun 1959
74 "The Swamp Rats" Falk McCoy 15 Jun 1959 3 Oct 1959
75 "The Flying Horse" Falk McCoy 5 Oct 1959 16 Jan 1960
76 "The Reporter" Falk McCoy 18 Jan 1960 2 Apr 1960
77 "The Monkey Mail" Falk McCoy 4 Apr 1960 6 Aug 1960
78 "The Jungle Olympics" Falk McCoy 8 Aug 1960 29 Oct 1960
79 "The 50th Wife" Falk McCoy 31 Oct 1960 25 Feb 1961
80 "The Iron Dragon" Falk McCoy 27 Feb 1961 13 May 1961
81 "The Werewolf" Falk McCoy 15 May 1961 19 Aug 1961
82 "The Slave Market of Mucar" Falk Barry 21 Aug 1961 10 Feb 1962
83 "The Epidemic" Falk Barry 12 Feb 1962 16 Jun 1962
84 "The Wharf Rats" Falk Barry 18 Jun 1962 13 Oct 1962
85 "The Mysterious Ambassador" Falk Barry 15 Oct 1962 1 Jun 1963
86 "The Mystery of the Island of Dogs" Falk Barry 3 Jun 1963 14 Dec 1963
87 "The Drummer of Timpenni" Falk Barry 16 Dec 1963 21 Mar 1964
88 "The Reef" Falk Barry 23 Mar 1964 27 Jun 1964
89 "The Adventures of Lucy Cary" Falk Barry 29 Jun 1964 12 Dec 1964
90 "The Bad Ones" Falk Barry 14 Dec 1964 17 Apr 1965
91 "The Hanta Witch" Falk Barry 19 Apr 1965 31 Jul 1965
92 "Prince Hali and the White Stallion" Falk Barry 2 Aug 1965 1 Jan 1966
93 "Bullets' Town" Falk Barry 3 Jan 1966 28 May 1966
94 "The Killer" Falk Barry 30 May 1966 10 Sep 1966
95 "The Sea God" Falk Barry 12 Sep 1966 24 Dec 1966
96 "The Satchel" Falk Barry 26 Dec 1966 18 Mar 1967
97 "The Crime School" Falk Barry 20 Mar 1967 24 Jun 1967
98 "Deadman's Point" Falk Barry 26 Jun 1967 30 Sep 1967
99 "The Rogue Elephant" Falk Barry 2 Oct 1967 20 Jan 1968
100 "Jungle Olympics" Falk Barry 22 Jan 1968 4 May 1968
101 "The Frame-Up" Falk Barry 6 May 1968 6 Jul 1968
102 "The Hydra" Falk Barry 8 Jul 1968 12 Oct 1968
103 "The Art Thieves" Falk Barry 14 Oct 1968 8 Feb 1969
104 "The Masked Ball" Falk Barry 10 Feb 1969 22 Mar 1969
105 "The Jungle Home" Falk Barry 24 Mar 1969 21 Jun 1969
106 "Rex, the Missing Heir" Falk Barry 23 Jun 1969 4 Oct 1969
107 "The Gladiator" Falk Barry 6 Oct 1969 17 Jan 1970
108 "The Missing Daddy" Falk Barry 19 Jan 1970 18 Apr 1970
109 "Luaga's Undercover Tour" Falk Barry 20 Apr 1970 25 Jul 1970
110 "The Mission" Falk Barry 27 Jul 1970 5 Dec 1970
111 "Yes" Falk Barry 7 Dec 1970 13 Feb 1971
112 "The Fence" Falk Barry 15 Feb 1971 8 May 1971
113 "The Mysterious Passenger" Falk Barry 10 May 1971 24 Jul 1971
114 "The Vultures" Falk Barry 26 Jul 1971 6 Nov 1971
115 "The Lost City of Pheenix" Falk Barry 8 Nov 1971 8 Jan 1972
116 "The Witchman" Falk Barry 10 Jan 1972 8 Apr 1972
117 "The Tanker-Jackers" Falk Barry 10 Apr 1972 15 Jul 1972
118 "The Keeper of the Peace" Falk Barry 17 Jul 1972 14 Oct 1972
119 "The Giant of Kaluga" Falk Barry 16 Oct 1972 27 Jan 1973
120 "The Trial of Patrolman Zokko" Falk Barry 29 Jan 1973 5 May 1973
121 "The Things" Falk Barry 7 May 1973 18 Aug 1973
122 "Vandal-Looters" Falk Barry 20 Aug 1973 24 Nov 1973
123 "The Pampered Princess" Falk Barry 26 Nov 1973 30 Mar 1974
124 "The Curse of the Sacred Image" Falk Barry 1 Apr 1974 24 Aug 1974
125 "The Normal Life" Falk Barry 26 Aug 1974 28 Dec 1974
126 "The Cavelands" Falk Barry 30 Dec 1974 19 Apr 1975
127 "T" Falk Barry 21 Apr 1975 13 Sep 1975
128 "Hzzz" Falk Barry 15 Sep 1975 29 Nov 1975
129 "Star of Bangalla" Falk Barry 1 Dec 1975 6 Mar 1976
130 "Mystery of Kula-Ku" Falk Barry 8 Mar 1976 31 Jul 1976
131 "S.S. Blitz" Falk Barry 2 Aug 1976 30 Oct 1976
132 "Return of the Terrorists" Falk Barry 1 Nov 1976 19 Feb 1977
133 "The Proposal" Falk Barry 21 Feb 1977 2 Apr 1977
134 "Guardian of the Eastern Dark" Falk Barry 4 Apr 1977 13 Aug 1977
135 "The Tyrant of Tarakimo" Falk Barry 15 Aug 1977 29 Oct 1977
136 "Phantom Wedding" Falk Barry 31 Oct 1977 4 Feb 1978
137 "The Three Bandits" Falk Barry 6 Feb 1978 15 Apr 1978
138 "Return to Tarakimo" Falk Barry 17 Apr 1978 16 Sep 1978
139 "Jungle City" Falk Barry 18 Sep 1978 16 Dec 1978
140 "The Heirs" Falk Barry 18 Dec 1978 19 May 1979
141 "Jungle Gold" Falk Barry 21 May 1979 8 Sep 1979
142 "The Return of General Bababu" Falk Barry 10 Sep 1979 16 Feb 1980
143 "The Tree House" Falk Barry 18 Feb 1980 19 Jul 1980
144 "The Poachers" Falk Barry 21 Jul 1980 1 Nov 1980
145 "Gooroo's Jungle Muggers" Falk Barry 3 Nov 1980 4 Apr 1981
146 "The Hostages" Falk Barry 6 Apr 1981 4 Jul 1981
147 "The Phantom's Vacation" Falk Barry 6 Jul 1981 12 Sep 1981
148 "The Return of Gooroo's Mob" Falk Barry 14 Sep 1981 16 Jan 1982
149 "Tale of Rex" Falk Barry 18 Jan 1982 11 Sep 1982
150 "Queen Karola of Kula-Ku" Falk Barry 13 Sep 1982 12 Feb 1983
151 "Ughland" Falk Barry 14 Feb 1983 2 Jul 1983
152 "Visit to Baronkhan" Falk Barry 4 Jul 1983 26 Nov 1983
153 "Luck and Wealth" Falk Barry 28 Nov 1983 26 May 1984
154 "The Kimberly Diamonds" Falk Barry 28 May 1984 8 Sep 1984
155 "The Embassy Siege" Falk Barry 10 Sep 1984 22 Dec 1984
156 "The Presidents" Falk Barry 24 Dec 1984 1 Jun 1985
157 "Drug Busters" Falk Barry 3 Jun 1985 7 Sep 1985
158 "The Lake Lady" Falk Barry 9 Sep 1985 1 Mar 1986
159 "Ruler of Baronkhan" Falk Barry 3 Mar 1986 5 Jul 1986
160 "The Tarashima Terrorists" Falk Barry 7 Jul 1986 11 Apr 1987
161 "The Snake Goddess" Falk Barry 13 Apr 1987 12 Sep 1987
162 "Zabadabah" Falk Barry 14 Sep 1987 16 Jan 1988
163 "The Man-Thing" Falk Barry 18 Jan 1988 21 May 1988
164 "Great Raptor of Rhua" Falk Barry 23 May 1988 3 Sep 1988
165 "Chasamba" Falk Barry 5 Sep 1988 4 Feb 1989
166 "Rex: Prince of Baronkhan" Falk Barry 6 Feb 1989 5 Aug 1989
167 "Massacre at Walker's Table" Falk Barry 7 Aug 1989 11 Nov 1989
168 "The Death Threat" Falk Barry 13 Nov 1989 24 Mar 1990
169 "The Master of Eden" Falk Barry 26 Mar 1990 16 Jun 1990
170 "Attack of the Witchmen" Falk Barry 18 Jun 1990 13 Oct 1990
171 "The Valley of the Elephants" Falk Barry 15 Oct 1990 2 Feb 1991
172 "Zima, The Rogue Elephant" Falk Barry 4 Feb 1991 8 Jun 1991
173 "The Jungle Patrol v The Drug Cartel" Falk Barry 10 Jun 1991 2 Nov 1991
174 "King Bongong" Falk Barry 4 Nov 1991 1 Feb 1992
175 "Prince Rex and Princess Alicia" Falk Barry 3 Feb 1992 25 Apr 1992
176 "Blackie" Falk Barry 27 Apr 1992 18 Jul 1992
177 "The Attilan Mystery" Falk Barry 20 Jul 1992 6 Feb 1993
178 "The Moxley Awards" Falk Barry 8 Feb 1993 19 Jun 1993
179 "Nukes" Falk Barry 21 Jun 1993 13 Nov 1993
180 "Dinosaur" Falk Barry 15 Nov 1993 12 Feb 1994
181 "The Plotters" Falk Barry 14 Feb 1994 4 Jun 1994
182 "The Phantom Cowboy" Falk Barry, Olesen, Williams 6 Jun 1994 17 Dec 1994
183 "Buried Treasure" Falk Olesen, Williams 19 Dec 1994 29 Apr 1995
184 "The Beasts of Phantom Head Peak" Falk Olesen, Williams 1 May 1995 2 Sep 1995
185 "Raiders of the Eastern Dark" Falk Olesen, Williams 4 Sep 1995 6 Jan 1996
186 "Mr Big" Falk Olesen, Williams 8 Jan 1996 18 May 1996
187 "Drama on Eden" Falk Olesen, Williams, Fredericks 20 May 1996 30 Nov 1996
188 "Prince Rex - Kidnapped" Falk Olesen, Williams 2 Dec 1996 29 Mar 1997
189 "The Silks of Emira" Falk Olesen, Williams 31 Mar 1997 26 Jul 1997
190 "The Shaman" Falk Olesen, Williams 28 Jul 1997 15 Nov 1997
191 "Joomkar's Crown" Falk Olesen, Williams 17 Nov 1997 18 Apr 1998
192 "The Crater" Falk Olesen, Williams 20 Apr 1998 26 Sep 1998
193 "The Dakk Pirates" Falk Olesen, Williams 28 Sep 1998 9 Jan 1999
194 "The Albee" Falk Olesen, Williams 11 Jan 1999 13 Mar 1999
195 "Terror at the Opera" Falk, Falk Olesen, Williams 15 Mar 1999 10 July 1999

Sunday stories

# Title Writer Artist Start End
1 "The League of Lost Men" Falk Moore 28 May 1939 15 Oct 1939
2 "The Precious Cargo of Colonel Winn" Falk Moore 22 Oct 1939 10 Mar 1940
3 "The Fire Goddess" Falk Moore 17 Mar 1940 21 Jul 1940
4 "The Beachcomber" Falk Moore 28 Jul 1940 29 Dec 1940
5 "The Saboteurs" Falk Moore 5 Jan 1941 23 Feb 1941
6 "The Return of the Sky Band" Falk Moore 2 Mar 1941 22 Feb 1942
7 "The Impostor" Falk Moore 1 Mar 1942 11 Oct 1942
8 "Castle in the Clouds" Falk Moore, McCoy 18 Oct 1942 18 Apr 1943
9 "The Ismani Cannibals" Falk McCoy 25 Apr 1943 4 Jul 1943
10 "Hamid the Terrible" Falk McCoy 11 Jul 1943 25 Jun 1944
11 "The Childhood of the Phantom" Falk McCoy 2 Jul 1944 7 Jan 1945
12 "The Golden Princess" Falk McCoy 14 Jan 1945 24 Jun 1945
13 "The Strange Fisherman" Falk McCoy 1 Jul 1945 2 Dec 1945
14 "Queen Pera the Perfect" Falk Moore 9 Dec 1945 17 Mar 1946
15 "King of Beasts" Falk Moore 24 Mar 1946 4 Aug 1946
16 "The Scarlet Sorceress" Falk Moore, McCoy 11 Aug 1946 22 Dec 1946
17 "The 12 Tasks" Falk Moore, McCoy 29 Dec 1946 29 Jun 1947
18 "The Dragon God" Falk Moore 6 Jul 1947 16 Nov 1947
19 "The Marshall Sisters" Falk Moore, McCoy 23 Nov 1947 16 May 1948
20 "The Phantom Trophy" Falk Moore 23 May 1948 5 Sep 1948
21 "The Haunted Castle" Falk Moore, McCoy 12 Sep 1948 13 Feb 1949
22 "Fathers and Sons" Falk McCoy 20 Feb 1949 24 Apr 1949
23 "The Flirtatious Princess" Falk McCoy 1 May 1949 21 Aug 1949
24 "The Thuggees" Falk McCoy 28 Aug 1949 19 Feb 1950
25 "The Ape Idol of the Durugu" Falk McCoy 26 Feb 1950 7 May 1950
26 "The Mysterious Passenger" Falk McCoy 14 May 1950 16 Jul 1950
27 "Jungle King" Falk McCoy 23 Jul 1950 22 Oct 1950
28 "The Phantom's Ring" Falk McCoy 29 Oct 1950 10 Jun 1951
29 "The Rope People" Falk McCoy 17 Jun 1951 4 Nov 1951
30 "Tale of Devil" Falk McCoy 11 Nov 1951 23 Mar 1952
31 "The 'Copter Pirates" Falk McCoy 30 Mar 1952 13 Jul 1952
32 "The Female Phantom" Falk McCoy 20 Jul 1952 12 Oct 1952
33 "Diana and the Bank Robbers" Falk McCoy 19 Oct 1952 1 Feb 1953
34 "The Chain" Falk McCoy 8 Feb 1953 24 May 1953
35 "Madcap Miriam" Falk McCoy 31 May 1953 18 Oct 1953
36 "The Imaginary Playmate" Falk McCoy 25 Oct 1953 31 Jan 1954
37 "The Belt" Falk McCoy 7 Feb 1954 6 Jun 1954
38 "The Master Spy" Falk McCoy 13 Jun 1954 10 Oct 1954
39 "Alexander's Cup" Falk McCoy 17 Oct 1954 27 Feb 1955
40 "The Gibs Brothers" Falk McCoy 6 Mar 1955 3 Apr 1955
41 "The Crescent Cult" Falk McCoy 10 Apr 1955 7 Aug 1955
42 "The Horned Star Demons" Falk McCoy 14 Aug 1955 6 Nov 1955
43 "A Proper Husband" Falk McCoy 13 Nov 1955 12 Feb 1956
44 "The Jungle Tourneys" Falk McCoy 19 Feb 1956 20 May 1956
45 "Pirate Day" Falk McCoy 27 May 1956 19 Aug 1956
46 "The Rattle" Falk McCoy 26 Aug 1956 13 Jan 1957
47 "Danglor, International Bank Thief" Falk McCoy 20 Jan 1957 7 Apr 1957
48 "A Lesson for Prince Orq" Falk McCoy 14 Apr 1957 18 Aug 1957
49 "The Frameup" Falk McCoy 25 Aug 1957 22 Dec 1957
50 "The Monster of Green Valley" Falk McCoy 29 Dec 1957 27 Jul 1958
51 "The Plant God of the Massau" Falk McCoy 3 Aug 1958 21 Dec 1958
52 "A Tale of the Good Mark" Falk McCoy 28 Dec 1958 14 Jun 1959
53 "The Childhood of the Phantom" Falk McCoy 21 Jun 1959 3 Jan 1960
54 "The River Gang" Falk McCoy 10 Jan 1960 22 May 1960
55 "The Honeymooners" Falk McCoy 29 May 1960 23 Oct 1960
56 "The Goggle-Eye Pirates" Falk McCoy 30 Oct 1960 26 Mar 1961
57 "Fluffy" Falk McCoy 2 Apr 1961 13 Aug 1961
58 "The Limper" Falk McCoy, Infantino, Lignante 20 Aug 1961 29 Oct 1961
59 "Queen Samaris XII" Falk Lignante 5 Nov 1961 13 May 1962
60 "Treasure of the Skull Cave" Falk Barry 20 May 1962 28 Oct 1962
61 "The Astronaut and the Pirates" Falk Barry 4 Nov 1962 12 May 1963
62 "Old Baldy" Falk Barry 19 May 1963 15 Dec 1963
63 "The Giant Bird of Gandor" Falk Barry 22 Dec 1963 28 Jun 1964
64 "The Founding of the Jungle Patrol" Falk Barry 5 Jul 1964 24 Jan 1965
65 "The Great Web of Spidera" Falk Barry 31 Jan 1965 27 Jun 1965
66 "Mystery of Wamba Falls Inn" Falk Barry 4 Jul 1965 24 Oct 1965
67 "The Veiled Lady" Falk Barry 31 Oct 1965 8 May 1966
68 "Rex King" Falk Barry 15 May 1966 11 Dec 1966
69 "The Golden Sands of Keela-Wee" Falk Barry 18 Dec 1966 2 Apr 1967
70 "The Lions of Kukhan" Falk Barry 9 Apr 1967 6 Aug 1967
71 "The Super-Jet Gang" Falk Barry 13 Aug 1967 26 Nov 1967
72 "Strangers at Keela-Wee" Falk Barry 3 Dec 1967 24 Mar 1968
73 "The Little Ones" Falk Barry 31 Mar 1968 11 Aug 1968
74 "The Black Gold Pirates" Falk Barry 18 Aug 1968 29 Dec 1968
75 "Walker's Table" Falk Barry 5 Jan 1969 20 Apr 1969
76 "The Hijackers" Falk Barry 27 Apr 1969 3 Aug 1969
77 "The Missing Link" Falk Barry 10 Aug 1969 7 Dec 1969
78 "The Golden People" Falk Barry 14 Dec 1969 29 Mar 1970
79 "The Dolphins" Falk Barry 5 Apr 1970 14 Jun 1970
80 "The Beach" Falk Barry 21 Jun 1970 13 Sep 1970
81 "Alexander's Diamond Cup" Falk Barry 20 Sep 1970 7 Feb 1971
82 "The Tale of the Gooley-Gooley Witch" Falk Barry 14 Feb 1971 9 May 1971
83 "The Stolen Trophy" Falk Barry 16 May 1971 1 Aug 1971
84 "The Wig" Falk Barry 8 Aug 1971 31 Oct 1971
85 "Tale of the Good Mark" Falk Barry 7 Nov 1971 6 Feb 1972
86 "The Smugglers" Falk Barry 13 Feb 1972 14 May 1972
87 "The Massacre" Falk Barry 21 May 1972 27 Aug 1972
88 "The Bike Gang" Falk Barry 3 Sep 1972 5 Nov 1972
89 "The Hawk Master" Falk Barry 12 Nov 1972 11 Feb 1973
90 "The Sky Divers" Falk Barry 18 Feb 1973 27 May 1973
91 "Rex and the Little People" Falk Barry 3 Jun 1973 16 Sep 1973
92 "The Golden Wood" Falk Barry 23 Sep 1973 23 Dec 1973
93 "Phantom Treasure" Falk Barry 30 Dec 1973 9 Jun 1974
94 "Tale of Joomba" Falk Barry 16 Jun 1974 29 Dec 1974
95 "Little Girl" Falk Barry 5 Jan 1975 11 May 1975
96 "The First Phantom" Falk Barry 18 May 1975 10 Aug 1975
97 "The Golden Beach" Falk Barry 17 Aug 1975 21 Dec 1975
98 "The Blue Giant" Falk Barry 28 Dec 1975 11 Apr 1976
99 "Joonkar and the Slavers" Falk Barry 18 Apr 1976 29 Aug 1976
100 "The Stolen Ring" Falk Barry 5 Sep 1976 19 Dec 1976
101 "The Swamp Dragon" Falk Barry 26 Dec 1976 17 Apr 1977
102 "The Hunters" Falk Barry 24 Apr 1977 7 Aug 1977
103 "The Delta Pirates" Falk Barry 14 Aug 1977 23 Oct 1977
104 "The Wedding of the Phantom" Falk Barry 30 Oct 1977 5 Feb 1978
105 "The Three Bandits" Falk Barry 12 Feb 1978 16 Apr 1978
106 "What's Wrong with Hzz?" Falk Barry 16 Apr 1978 23 Jul 1978
107 "The Star of Bangalla" Falk Barry 30 Jul 1978 5 Nov 1978
108 "The Heirs" Falk Barry 12 Nov 1978 20 May 1979
109 "Jungle Olympics" Falk Barry 27 May 1979 2 Sep 1979
110 "The Name" Falk Barry 9 Sep 1979 9 Dec 1979
111 "The Vault of Missing Men" Falk Barry 16 Dec 1979 1 Jun 1980
112 "The Uninvited Visitors" Falk Barry 8 Jun 1980 16 Nov 1980
113 "Crook's Haven" Falk Barry 23 Nov 1980 24 May 1981
114 "Crazy Louie's Story" Falk Barry 31 May 1981 8 Nov 1981
115 "Kit and the Little People" Falk Barry 15 Nov 1981 11 Apr 1982
116 "The Terrorists" Falk Barry 18 Apr 1982 5 Sep 1982
117 "The Missing Link Family" Falk Barry 12 Sep 1982 16 Jan 1983
118 "Mysterious Karapura" Falk Barry 23 Jan 1983 31 Jul 1983
119 "The Eastern Dark" Falk Barry 7 Aug 1983 29 Jan 1984
120 "The Golden Beach of Keela-Wee" Falk Barry 5 Feb 1984 6 May 1984
121 "The Deadliest Animals in the Jungle" Falk Barry 13 May 1984 19 Aug 1984
122 "The Third Phantom" Falk Barry 26 Aug 1984 17 Feb 1985
123 "The Whispering Grove" Falk Barry 24 Feb 1985 9 Jun 1985
124 "The Forest Giants" Falk Barry 16 Jun 1985 5 Jan 1986
125 "Phantom Head Peak" Falk Barry 12 Jan 1986 27 Apr 1986
126 "Sunken Treasure" Falk Barry 4 May 1986 31 Aug 1986
127 "The Escaped Convicts" Falk Barry 7 Sep 1986 21 Dec 1986
128 "Queen Amaza's Mate" Falk Barry 28 Dec 1986 28 Jun 1987
129 "The Twins' 8th Birthday" Falk Barry 5 Jul 1987 27 Sep 1987
130 "The Irrondi and the Great Ones" Falk Barry 4 Oct 1987 10 Apr 1988
131 "The Bride of Xali" Falk Barry 17 Apr 1988 17 Jul 1988
132 "Exodus of the Little People" Falk Barry 24 Jul 1988 26 Feb 1989
133 "Death from the Sky" Falk Barry 5 Mar 1989 23 Jul 1989
134 "Captain Amazon - Pirate Queen" Falk Barry 30 Jul 1989 7 Jan 1990
135 "The Eastern Dark at Janorra" Falk Barry 14 Jan 1990 13 May 1990
136 "Return of the Thuggees" Falk Barry 20 May 1990 11 Aug 1991
137 "The Fourth Son" Falk Barry 18 Aug 1991 17 May 1992
138 "Tiger, Tiger" Falk Barry 24 May 1992 6 Dec 1992
139 "How The Phantom Saved The Earth" Falk Barry 13 Dec 1992 18 Jul 1993
140 "The Jungle Olympics" Falk Barry 25 Jul 1993 16 Jan 1994
141 "The Isle of Death" Falk Barry 23 Jan 1994 3 Jul 1994
142 "Phantom World" Falk Barry, Olesen, Doescher 10 Jul 1994 4 Dec 1994
143 "Battle of the Jungle Boys" Falk Doescher, Olesen, Fredericks 11 Dec 1994 17 Sep 1995
144 "Queen Medusa" Falk Olesen, Fredericks 24 Sep 1995 26 May 1996
145 "The Lookout" Falk Olesen, Fredericks 2 Jun 1996 24 Nov 1996
146 "Dig" Falk Olesen, Fredericks 1 Dec 1996 24 Aug 1997
147 "Waterman" Falk Olesen, Fredericks 31 Aug 1997 19 Apr 1998
148 "The Vanished Village" Falk Olesen, Fredericks 26 Apr 1998 27 Sep 1998
149 "The Floradon Mystery" Falk Olesen, Fredericks 4 Oct 1998 14 Feb 1999
150 "The Kidnappers" Falk, Falk Olesen, Fredericks 21 Feb 1999 15 Aug 1999
151 "The Wharf Rats" Falk Olesen, Fredericks 22 Aug 1999 26 Dec 1999

Remakes

Gold Key/King/Charlton stories
# Title (Re-)writer Artist
1 "The Game" Falk, Harris Lignante
2 "The Rattle" Falk, Harris Lignante
3 "The Test" Falk, Harris Lignante
4 "The Diamond Cup" Falk, Harris Lignante
5 "The Crybaby" Falk, Harris Lignante
6 "Oogooru" Falk, Harris Lignante
7 "The Goggle-Eye Pirates" Falk, Harris Lignante
8 "The Swamp Rats" Falk, Harris Lignante
9 "The Phantom's Boyhood" Falk, Harris Lignante
10 "The Lady from Nowhere" Falk, Harris Lignante
11 "The Phantom's Boyhood: Diana" Falk, Harris Lignante
12 "The Super Apes" Falk, Harris Lignante
13 "The Phantom's Boyhood: School" Falk, Harris Lignante
14 "The Belt" Falk, Harris Lignante
15 "The Sixth Man" Falk, Harris Lignante
16 "The Sleeping Giant" Falk, Harris Lignante
17 "The Patrol" Harris Lignante
18 "The Historian" Lignante Lignante
19 "Grandpa" Lignante Lignante
20 "The River Pirates" Lignante Lignante
21 "The Tournament" Lignante Lignante
22 "The Chain" Lignante Lignante
23 "The Crescent Cult" Lignante Lignante
24 "Samaris" Lignante Lignante
25 "The Treasure of the Skull Cave" Wood Lignante
26 "The Astronaut and the Pirates" Harris Lignante
27 "The Masked Emissary" Harris Lignante
Team Fantomen stories
# Title (Re-)writer Artist
1 "The Mysterious Passenger"  ? Wilhelmsson ¤
2 "The Hunt for the Phantom"  ? Wilhelmsson ¤
3 "The Pirate Theft"  ? Wilhelmsson ¤
4 "The Flying Horse"  ? Eralp ¤
5 "Diana Kidnapped"  ? Eralp ¤
6 "The Cruel Queen"  ? Wilhelmsson ¤
7 "The Fencing Master"  ? Eralp ¤
8 "The Jungle King"  ? Eralp ¤
9 "The Goddess of Death"  ? Eralp ¤
10 "The Girl Without Memory"  ? Eralp ¤
11 "The Mystery of the Arrow Ring"  ? Eralp ¤
12 "The Coup in Volara"  ? Eralp ¤
13 "The Island of Death"  ? Eralp ¤
14 "The Boxing Mystery"  ? Eralp ¤
15 "Return of the Irregulars"  ? Eralp ¤
16 "Dead or Alive"  ? Eralp ¤
17 "Drama in the Desert"  ? Eralp ¤
18 "The Diamond Heist"  ? Eralp ¤
19 "The Diamond Mystery"  ? Eralp ¤
20 "The Generals' Hunt"  ? Eralp ¤
21 "The Buried Witness"  ? Eralp ¤
22 "The Gold of Destiny"  ? Eralp ¤
23 "The Pirate Girl"  ? Wilhelmsson ¤
24 "Captain Kidder's Treasure"  ? Wilhelmsson ¤
25 "Samaris" Granberg Felmang, Ferri
26 "Gullique - The Island of Doom" Granberg Leppänen
27 "The Mermaids of Melo Straits" Granberg Felmang, Ferri
28 "Tiger Girl" Granberg Felmang, Ferri
29 "Queen Pera the Perfect" Granberg Felmang, Ferri
30 "The Lady Luck, Part 1" Granberg Felmang
31 "The Lady Luck, Part 2" Granberg Felmang
Fratelli Spada stories
# Title (Re-)writer Artist
1 "Solomon's Judgment"  ? Ferri ¤