|First appearance:||"The Singh Brotherhood"|
|Created by:||Lee Falk & Ray Moore|
Sala is a member of the notorious Sky Band.
- 1 Fictional biography
- 2 Behind the scenes
- 3 Appearances
According to Newspaper stories
The beautiful Sala was the confidant and protegé of Kabai Singh, emperor of the Singh Brotherhood. Notably affected by The Phantom from their first meeting and on, Sala teases Kabai for his inadequate way of dealing with the Ghost Who Walks. When the Singh's original headquarter, Krakatan, is destroyed, Sala and Kabai, as the sole survivors, escape to the Singh outpost at Mount Trepnich. Not much later, The Phantom once again tracks them down, but is incarcerated. Sala, having fallen for him, proclaims her love and offers to set him free, if he takes her with him. The Phantom refuses and the humiliated Sala leaves him to be executed by Kabai Singh's men.
However - faced with the imminent death of her love, Sala changes her mind, and betrays the Brotherhood by making a unsuccessful attempt to to free The Phantom. Just as the enraged Kabai sends her away to be killed along with the Phantom, the Royal Air Force arrives, bombing Mount Trepnich. Sala sees her change, attacking Kabai by stabbing him in the back, killing him. Seconds later a nearby building explodes, and believing she is about to die, Sala tells The Phantom that she was never a part of Singh, but rather a spy, planted in the Brotherhood by a rival crime organization called The Sky Band, specialized in hijacking airplanes.
Sala is taken to a army hospital, and regaining her strength, she realize the mistake she made revealing her true assignment. Escaping the hospital, she returns to The Sky Band's headquarter, located on the Isle of Herons. Eventually tracking them down, The Phantom arrives on the isle, only to be captured by Sala and taken to The Baroness, the leader of The Sky Band, which is revealed to be an all female organization.
As The Baroness also develops feelings for The Phantom, conflicts arise within the gang. The Baroness sends Sala away on a mission, resulting in Sala's arrest. Eventually understanding that The Baroness had known that the mission was a setup, and that she had chosen Sala in order to get rid of her, Sala decides to cooperate with the army. She leads them to the Isle of Herons, which result in the final defeat of the Sky Band.
Some time later, The Phantom learns of planes getting attacked by an unknown gang, and, recognizing the methods, he realizes that The Sky Band has returned. This time Sala is the Band's leader, with another woman, Margo, as her second-in-command. Eventually he has them both arrested, but during their transportation aboard a military ship, they are able to escape. The Phantom follows them though, but soon all three of them finds themselves prisoners on a foreign ship under the command of Captain Grunz. Sala, still in love with The Phantom, manages to free him, just in time for a showdown between the foreign vessel and an American military ship. Thanks to Sala and The Phantom, Captain Grunz is defeated. As Sala prepares to go back to jail, The Phantom, having seen the good in her, decides to let her go free.
According to Team Fantomen
According to Frew
Sala appears in a flashback, depicting the death of Kabai Singh.
According to Mandrake the Magician daily strip
Sala has been hiding in a castle near the border where Europe meets Asia, and remains wanted by Interpol.
According to Moonstone
Decades after The Phantom's first encounter with Sala, The Sky Band reappears, now kidnapping wealthy businessmen. As The Phantom is captured by them, he is mistakenly assuming their leader to be Sala. Instead it is her daughter, Sara. Sala has told her daughter that The Phantom is her father, and now she is out to get revenge on the man who supposedly broke her mother's heart and left her pregnant.
A blood-test soon denies any such relation and the devastated Sara leaves The Phantom to die in a flying vessel about to crash. Moments before the impact, someone regains remote control of the plane, mitigating the take-down and saving The Phantom's life. Diana Palmer-Walker happily reunites with her husband, and from a safe distance, Sala is watching them for a while, until she finally leaves, once again having saved the life of the man she's always loved.
Behind the scenes
This list of appearances is considered to be complete, with reservations for the possibility of mistakes.
|"The Singh Brotherhood"||Falk||Moore|
|"The Sky Band"||Falk||Moore|
|"The Return of the Sky Band"||Falk||Moore|
|"The Death of Diana Palmer Walker"||DePaul||Ryan||mentioned only in Team Fantomen version with additional story and art by Granberg and Lindahl|
|"Dogai - The Road to Power"||Reimerthi||Lindahl||flashback only|
|"The Plutonium Wreck"||DePaul||Boix|
|"Sala and the President"||DePaul||Felmang|
|"The End of Singh Empire"||Falk||Monteiro|
|"Return of the Singh Brotherhood"||Shepherd||Chatto||flashback|
|"Revenge of the Sky Band"||Constant||Paulos|
|"The Aviatrix Part 1"||Raab||Quinn, Wheaton||mentioned and seen in flashbacks|
|"The Aviatrix Part 2"||Raab||Quinn, Wheaton|
|"Checkmate Part 5"||Bullock||Szilagyi|
|"The Phantom"||N/A||N/A||1996 feature film, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones|
|"The Unknown Island"||Fredericks||Fredericks||Mandrake the Magician daily story|