Return to Tarakimo
|Return to Tarakimo|
|Start date:||April 17th, 1978|
|End date:||September 16th, 1978|
|# of strips:||132 (22 weeks)|
|Preceded by:||"The Three Bandits"|
|Followed by:||"Jungle City"|
- 1 Plot Summary
- 2 Related stories
- 3 Behind the scenes
- 4 Reprints
After meeting the the Phantom and Diana, General Tara is still humiliated and plans his revenge; to kidnap Diana. After several unsuccessful attempts, the general's henchmen finally succeed in abducting her. Diana is then smuggled into Tarakimo drugged and dressed as an old woman.
Meanwhile, the Phantom finds that Diana's abduction points to Tarakimo, and confronts Dr. Henry about taking official action. Henry reluctantly agrees to investigate the matter, but is nervous about the ramifications of accusing a head of state of such a crime. The Phantom takes matters into his own hands and departs for Tarakimo.
In the general's palace, Diana has been bathed by harem girls and Major Isamu provides her with a skimpy harem outfit. Diana is however defiant towards the general, who believes he is in complete control of her now. He is however no match for Diana's quick Judo moves, and Tara is soon flying across his throne room, into a large wall.
Isamu casually questions Diana, hinting at the repercussions she will now face for her "attempt on the general's life." During their exchange, he tricks her into a subtle admission that the Phantom is her husband, which he and the general have suspected for some time.
After the general recovers from Diana's attack, he realizes he must both render her helpless and dole out a suitable punishment for her. He orders Major Isamu to display her for him, in a steel cage hanging above his throne room. He does, after telling Diana she will surely be executed, as are all "criminals" who are caged for the general.
When the Phantom arrives, he is swiftly escorted by the general's henchmen to the palace. Just as they enter the palace gates, the Phantom executes two double-fisted punches, knocking all of the men out, and sending the military jeep they are in crashing into a giant statue of the general.
Tara, safely gloating in his throne room over Diana's helpless predicament, hears the crash and demands to know what's going on. Chaos reigns in Tarakimo late into the evening as a thousand of Tara's minions race to find the "stranger." Finally, Tara, departs for bed, frustrated, telling Isamu to wake him when they find "Mr. Walker" --- he will supervise his punishment "personally."
While Tara (and his guards) doze, Kit executes a daring rescue, silently slicing a square opening in the glass dome above Diana's cage, and then breaking the padlock on her prison cell. After releasing her, he breaks into the general's bedroom and, places the sleeping general in one of his own cages, outside the palace walls.
The general awakes, and realises his situation when the public scream and throw garbage at him. General Tara is hauled off in chains, as a new dictator, Colonel, now Field Marshall, Dito ascends Tarakimo's throne under the auspices of democracy.
The Phantom and Diana return to New York and meet Dr. Henry, only to find Field Marshall Dito there to apply for U.N. membership and negotiate a loan from the US. Dito assures Diana that since Tarakimo is a democracy now, General Tara will be given a fair trial, where he will be found guilty and later hung.
Behind the scenes
- Lee Falk has been quoted as saying that The Tyrant of Tarakimo and Return to Tarakimo (the story's sequel) were his personal "statements" on the growing number of harsh third-world dictatorships fueled by torture cartels.
- Return To Tarakimo is sometimes identified erroneously as the 125th story in the daily series in some Frew publications.
This story has been published in the following publications:
- "Aventura en Tarakimo", El Fantasma Nueva Serie #3 (1980)
- O Globo July 31, 1978 – December 23, 1978
- "Volta a Tarakimo", Almanaque do Fantasma #3 (1979)
- "Volta a Tarakimo", Gibi apresenta: Fantasma #34 – #35 (1991)
- "Diana kidnappet", Fantomet #130 (1980)
- Tíminn December 20, 1978 – June 9, 1979
- "The Revenge of the Ghost", Indrajal Comics #349 – #351 (1980)
- "General Tara", Phantom #19
- "இரும்பு கூண்டு" (romanized as "Irumbu Koondu"), Rani Comics #274 (1995)
- The Daily Gleaner April 17, 1978 – September 16, 1978
- El Informador June 13, 1978 – November 14, 1978
- Aftenposten December 27, 1978 – May 31, 1979
- "Sala kidnappet", Fantomet 5/1979
- "Sala kidnappet", Serie-pocket #187 (1994)
- "Sala kidnappet", Fantomet 26/2003
- "Sala kidnappet", Fantomet Gullalderen #1 (2011)
- Papua New Guinea Post-Courier December 11, 1979 – June 17, 1980
- "O Fim de um Ditador", Mundo de Aventuras #286 (1979)
- "El tirano de Tarakimo", Phantom, El Hombre Enmascarado #2 (1988)
- "Diana kidnappad", Fantomen 22/1978
- Svenska Dagbladet February 9, 1979 – July 23, 1979
- Nerikes Allehanda February 15, 1980 – July 24, 1980
- Eesti Päevaleht September 1, 1982 – February 5, 1983
- Östgöten April 24, 1989 – September 22, 1989
- "Diana kidnappad", Fantomen 26/2003
- "Tara'nın İntikamı", Kızılmaske #287 – #289 (1979)
- "Tara'nın İntikamı", Kızılmaske Albüm #89 – #90
- "Tara'nın İntikamı", Kızılmaske Albüm #2
- "Tara'nın İntikamı", Kızılmaske Albüm #78
- "Tara'nın İntikamı", Kızılmaske Süper Albüm #21
- "Tara'nın İntikamı", Kızılmaske Büyük Albüm #1
- "Tarakimo'ya Dönüş", Kızılmaske #13 (2014)
- Bangor Daily News April 17, 1978 – September 16, 1978
- Bucks County Courier Times April 17, 1978 – August 31?, 1978 - incomplete story (?)
- The Gadsden Times April 17, 1978 – September 16, 1978
- Observer-Reporter April 17, 1978 – September 16, 1978
- The Plattsburgh Press-Republican April 17, 1978 – September 16, 1978
- Reading Eagle April 17, 1978 – September 16, 1978
- Red Bank Register April 17, 1978 – September 16, 1978
- Rome News-Tribune April 17, 1978 – September 16, 1978
- The Tuscaloosa News April 17, 1978 – September 16, 1978
- Uniontown Morning Herald April 17, 1978 – ? - incomplete story (?)