Live Cargo

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Live Cargo
Produced for: Fantomen 23/1999
# of pgs: 31
Writer: Claes Reimerthi
Artist: Cesar Spadari
Original colorist: Times Graphics Singapore
Producer: Egmont Serieförlaget

"Live Cargo" is a 1999 Team Fantomen story, written by Claes Reimerthi, with art by Cesar Spadari.

Plot summary

Late at night off the coast of Bengali, sailors abandons a ship after running aground, leaving hundreds of Asian immigrants locked up inside. Rescued by The Phantom, the Asians are taken care of by The Jungle Patrol but none wish to help the police finding who arranged their travel across the Indian Ocean. At the Morristown Police Department, police assistant Joanne Fitzgerald and her partner Dwight meet with shipowner Harris who first deny any knowledge of the immigrants, then lock the two police officers up in a cleaning cupboard before running off.

Colonel Worubu asks The Phantom to help with the investigation. In Morristown he finds one of the sailors from the ship and ultimately a secret factory where Asians are kept as slave labour. The police assistants have also located the factory and the Phantom secretly help the plucky police assistant Fitzgerald to neutralize the bad guys. Police assistant Dwight is killed in the shooting but police assistant Fitzgerald is promoted to the first female criminal assistant in Morristown.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Dwight, policeman
  • Captain Fargo
  • Seamus Clarke
  • Harris, shipowner
  • Moru of the Mori
  • Hendricks, recruiting committee
  • Jones, patrolman
  • Police chief Fitzgerald (only mentioned)





  • Ship Rumiko

Old jungle sayings

  • There are times when the Phantom leaves the jungle and walks the streets of the town like an ordinary man.
  • The Phantom is rough with roughnecks.

Related stories

Referenced in


This story has been published in the following publications:

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