Sy Barry

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Seymour "Sy" Barry
Biographical information
Born: March 12, 1928
Died: N/A
Nationality: Mini usa.gif American
Occupation: Artist, Cover artist
Website: http://sybarry.com/
SyBarry signature.jpg


Seymour "Sy" Barry (born March 12, 1928), is an American comic strip artist, best known for his work on "The Phantom" comic strip, which he drew for over 30 years.

Biography

Career

In junior high school a teacher encouraged him to try out for admission to the renowned School of Industrial Art in New York City. Among thousands of candidates, Sy was one of 100 who was accepted to the school in 1943.

After he completed his studies Sy got to work as an assistant for his older brother, Dan Barry. Dan was responsible for the "Flash Gordon" comic strip, and Sy worked on the strip as an inker. After having this job for a while, he was even allowed to pencil the strips from time to time, and he often did uncredited stand-in jobs for Dan.

The Phantom

Having worked on both "Tarzan" and "Flash Gordon", he went on to draw the world's most successful adventure comic strip, "The Phantom" for 33 years from 1962 to 1994, succeeding Ray Moore and Wilson McCoy. Sy is credited for giving the Phantom his modern look, which has not changed since he took over the strip. Creator Lee Falk liked his drawing style so much that he quickly decided to modernize the entire comic strip, giving Bangalla a black President (Lamanda Luaga) and the Jungle Patrol a black colonel (Worubu).

Sy frequently used pencil artists on the strip, working primarily as an inker (although he often drew entire stories when time permitted). Pencilers included George Olesen, Joe Giella, Bob Forgione, André LeBlanc, Rich Buckler and Carmine Infantino.

At the height of their popularity, Lee Falk and Sy Barry's Phantom stories were read by over a 100 million people every day, in newspapers as well as comic books. His stories are still irregularly published in countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Australia, in comic books or hardcover collections.

Personal life

Tired with the stressing deadlines he constantly had to face, Barry retired from the newspaper strip in 1994. He now uses most of his time to develop his painting skills, and likes to do landscape painting. He has also painted the Phantom several times, and some of his sketches have been used as covers for Phantom comics around the world.

He currently resides in Long Island with his wife Simmy. The couple have three children together.

Among his recent appearances and meeting with fans, was his trip to Scandinavia in 2001, where he met Norwegian and Swedish fans at several comic book conventions, and an appearance at the 2005 San Diego Comic Con.

Phantom work by Sy Barry

Stories

Daily stories

# Title Writer Artist Start End
1 "The Slave Market of Mucar" Falk Barry 21 Aug 1961 10 Feb 1962
2 "The Epidemic" Falk Barry 12 Feb 1962 16 Jun 1962
3 "The Wharf Rats" Falk Barry 18 Jun 1962 13 Oct 1962
4 "The Mysterious Ambassador" Falk Barry 15 Oct 1962 1 Jun 1963
5 "The Mystery of the Island of Dogs" Falk Barry 3 Jun 1963 14 Dec 1963
6 "The Drummer of Timpenni" Falk Barry 16 Dec 1963 21 Mar 1964
7 "The Reef" Falk Barry 23 Mar 1964 27 Jun 1964
8 "The Adventures of Lucy Cary" Falk Barry 29 Jun 1964 12 Dec 1964
9 "The Bad Ones" Falk Barry 14 Dec 1964 17 Apr 1965
10 "The Hanta Witch" Falk Barry 19 Apr 1965 31 Jul 1965
11 "Prince Hali and the White Stallion" Falk Barry 2 Aug 1965 1 Jan 1966
12 "Bullets' Town" Falk Barry 3 Jan 1966 28 May 1966
13 "The Killer" Falk Barry 30 May 1966 10 Sep 1966
14 "The Sea God" Falk Barry 12 Sep 1966 24 Dec 1966
15 "The Satchel" Falk Barry 26 Dec 1966 18 Mar 1967
16 "The Crime School" Falk Barry 20 Mar 1967 24 Jun 1967
17 "Deadman's Point" Falk Barry 26 Jun 1967 30 Sep 1967
18 "The Rogue Elephant" Falk Barry 2 Oct 1967 20 Jan 1968
19 "Jungle Olympics" Falk Barry 22 Jan 1968 4 May 1968
20 "The Frame-Up" Falk Barry 6 May 1968 6 Jul 1968
21 "The Hydra" Falk Barry 8 Jul 1968 12 Oct 1968
22 "The Art Thieves" Falk Barry 14 Oct 1968 8 Feb 1969
23 "The Masked Ball" Falk Barry 10 Feb 1969 22 Mar 1969
24 "The Jungle Home" Falk Barry 24 Mar 1969 21 Jun 1969
25 "Rex, the Missing Heir" Falk Barry 23 Jun 1969 4 Oct 1969
26 "The Gladiator" Falk Barry 6 Oct 1969 17 Jan 1970
27 "The Missing Daddy" Falk Barry 19 Jan 1970 18 Apr 1970
28 "Luaga's Undercover Tour" Falk Barry 20 Apr 1970 25 Jul 1970
29 "The Mission" Falk Barry 27 Jul 1970 5 Dec 1970
30 "Yes" Falk Barry 7 Dec 1970 13 Feb 1971
31 "The Fence" Falk Barry 15 Feb 1971 8 May 1971
32 "The Mysterious Passenger" Falk Barry 10 May 1971 24 Jul 1971
33 "The Vultures" Falk Barry 26 Jul 1971 6 Nov 1971
34 "The Lost City of Pheenix" Falk Barry 8 Nov 1971 8 Jan 1972
35 "The Witchman" Falk Barry 10 Jan 1972 8 Apr 1972
36 "The Tanker-Jackers" Falk Barry 10 Apr 1972 15 Jul 1972
37 "The Keeper of the Peace" Falk Barry 17 Jul 1972 14 Oct 1972
38 "The Giant of Kaluga" Falk Barry 16 Oct 1972 27 Jan 1973
39 "The Trial of Patrolman Zokko" Falk Barry 29 Jan 1973 5 May 1973
40 "The Things" Falk Barry 7 May 1973 18 Aug 1973
41 "Vandal-Looters" Falk Barry 20 Aug 1973 24 Nov 1973
42 "The Pampered Princess" Falk Barry 26 Nov 1973 30 Mar 1974
43 "The Curse of the Sacred Image" Falk Barry 1 Apr 1974 24 Aug 1974
44 "The Normal Life" Falk Barry 26 Aug 1974 28 Dec 1974
45 "The Cavelands" Falk Barry 30 Dec 1974 19 Apr 1975
46 "T" Falk Barry 21 Apr 1975 13 Sep 1975
47 "Hzzz" Falk Barry 15 Sep 1975 29 Nov 1975
48 "Star of Bangalla" Falk Barry 1 Dec 1975 6 Mar 1976
49 "Mystery of Kula-Ku" Falk Barry 8 Mar 1976 31 Jul 1976
50 "S.S. Blitz" Falk Barry 2 Aug 1976 30 Oct 1976
51 "Return of the Terrorists" Falk Barry 1 Nov 1976 19 Feb 1977
52 "The Proposal" Falk Barry 21 Feb 1977 2 Apr 1977
53 "Guardian of the Eastern Dark" Falk Barry 4 Apr 1977 13 Aug 1977
54 "The Tyrant of Tarakimo" Falk Barry 15 Aug 1977 29 Oct 1977
55 "Phantom Wedding" Falk Barry 31 Oct 1977 4 Feb 1978
56 "The Three Bandits" Falk Barry 6 Feb 1978 15 Apr 1978
57 "Return to Tarakimo" Falk Barry 17 Apr 1978 16 Sep 1978
58 "Jungle City" Falk Barry 18 Sep 1978 16 Dec 1978
59 "The Heirs" Falk Barry 18 Dec 1978 19 May 1979
60 "Jungle Gold" Falk Barry 21 May 1979 8 Sep 1979
61 "The Return of General Bababu" Falk Barry 10 Sep 1979 16 Feb 1980
62 "The Tree House" Falk Barry 18 Feb 1980 19 Jul 1980
63 "The Poachers" Falk Barry 21 Jul 1980 1 Nov 1980
64 "Gooroo's Jungle Muggers" Falk Barry 3 Nov 1980 4 Apr 1981
65 "The Hostages" Falk Barry 6 Apr 1981 4 Jul 1981
66 "The Phantom's Vacation" Falk Barry 6 Jul 1981 12 Sep 1981
67 "The Return of Gooroo's Mob" Falk Barry 14 Sep 1981 16 Jan 1982
68 "Tale of Rex" Falk Barry 18 Jan 1982 11 Sep 1982
69 "Queen Karola of Kula-Ku" Falk Barry 13 Sep 1982 12 Feb 1983
70 "Ughland" Falk Barry 14 Feb 1983 2 Jul 1983
71 "Visit to Baronkhan" Falk Barry 4 Jul 1983 26 Nov 1983
72 "Luck and Wealth" Falk Barry 28 Nov 1983 26 May 1984
73 "The Kimberly Diamonds" Falk Barry 28 May 1984 8 Sep 1984
74 "The Embassy Siege" Falk Barry 10 Sep 1984 22 Dec 1984
75 "The Presidents" Falk Barry 24 Dec 1984 1 Jun 1985
76 "Drug Busters" Falk Barry 3 Jun 1985 7 Sep 1985
77 "The Lake Lady" Falk Barry 9 Sep 1985 1 Mar 1986
78 "Ruler of Baronkhan" Falk Barry 3 Mar 1986 5 Jul 1986
79 "The Tarashima Terrorists" Falk Barry 7 Jul 1986 11 Apr 1987
80 "The Snake Goddess" Falk Barry 13 Apr 1987 12 Sep 1987
81 "Zabadabah" Falk Barry 14 Sep 1987 16 Jan 1988
82 "The Man-Thing" Falk Barry 18 Jan 1988 21 May 1988
83 "Great Raptor of Rhua" Falk Barry 23 May 1988 3 Sep 1988
84 "Chasamba" Falk Barry 5 Sep 1988 4 Feb 1989
85 "Rex: Prince of Baronkhan" Falk Barry 6 Feb 1989 5 Aug 1989
86 "Massacre at Walker's Table" Falk Barry 7 Aug 1989 11 Nov 1989
87 "The Death Threat" Falk Barry 13 Nov 1989 24 Mar 1990
88 "The Master of Eden" Falk Barry 26 Mar 1990 16 Jun 1990
89 "Attack of the Witchmen" Falk Barry 18 Jun 1990 13 Oct 1990
90 "The Valley of the Elephants" Falk Barry 15 Oct 1990 2 Feb 1991
91 "Zima, The Rogue Elephant" Falk Barry 4 Feb 1991 8 Jun 1991
92 "The Jungle Patrol v The Drug Cartel" Falk Barry 10 Jun 1991 2 Nov 1991
93 "King Bongong" Falk Barry 4 Nov 1991 1 Feb 1992
94 "Prince Rex and Princess Alicia" Falk Barry 3 Feb 1992 25 Apr 1992
95 "Blackie" Falk Barry 27 Apr 1992 18 Jul 1992
96 "The Attilan Mystery" Falk Barry 20 Jul 1992 6 Feb 1993
97 "The Moxley Awards" Falk Barry 8 Feb 1993 19 Jun 1993
98 "Nukes" Falk Barry 21 Jun 1993 13 Nov 1993
99 "Dinosaur" Falk Barry 15 Nov 1993 12 Feb 1994
100 "The Plotters" Falk Barry 14 Feb 1994 4 Jun 1994
101 "The Phantom Cowboy" Falk Barry, Olesen, Williams 6 Jun 1994 17 Dec 1994

Sunday stories

# Title Writer Artist Start End
1 "Treasure of the Skull Cave" Falk Barry 20 May 1962 28 Oct 1962
2 "The Astronaut and the Pirates" Falk Barry 4 Nov 1962 12 May 1963
3 "Old Baldy" Falk Barry 19 May 1963 15 Dec 1963
4 "The Giant Bird of Gandor" Falk Barry 22 Dec 1963 28 Jun 1964
5 "The Founding of the Jungle Patrol" Falk Barry 5 Jul 1964 24 Jan 1965
6 "The Great Web of Spidera" Falk Barry 31 Jan 1965 27 Jun 1965
7 "Mystery of Wamba Falls Inn" Falk Barry 4 Jul 1965 24 Oct 1965
8 "The Veiled Lady" Falk Barry 31 Oct 1965 8 May 1966
9 "Rex King" Falk Barry 15 May 1966 11 Dec 1966
10 "The Golden Sands of Keela-Wee" Falk Barry 18 Dec 1966 2 Apr 1967
11 "The Lions of Kukhan" Falk Barry 9 Apr 1967 6 Aug 1967
12 "The Super-Jet Gang" Falk Barry 13 Aug 1967 26 Nov 1967
13 "Strangers at Keela-Wee" Falk Barry 3 Dec 1967 24 Mar 1968
14 "The Little Ones" Falk Barry 31 Mar 1968 11 Aug 1968
15 "The Black Gold Pirates" Falk Barry 18 Aug 1968 29 Dec 1968
16 "Walker's Table" Falk Barry 5 Jan 1969 20 Apr 1969
17 "The Hijackers" Falk Barry 27 Apr 1969 3 Aug 1969
18 "The Missing Link" Falk Barry 10 Aug 1969 7 Dec 1969
19 "The Golden People" Falk Barry 14 Dec 1969 29 Mar 1970
20 "The Dolphins" Falk Barry 5 Apr 1970 14 Jun 1970
21 "The Beach" Falk Barry 21 Jun 1970 13 Sep 1970
22 "Alexander's Diamond Cup" Falk Barry 20 Sep 1970 7 Feb 1971
23 "The Tale of the Gooley-Gooley Witch" Falk Barry 14 Feb 1971 9 May 1971
24 "The Stolen Trophy" Falk Barry 16 May 1971 1 Aug 1971
25 "The Wig" Falk Barry 8 Aug 1971 31 Oct 1971
26 "Tale of the Good Mark" Falk Barry 7 Nov 1971 6 Feb 1972
27 "The Smugglers" Falk Barry 13 Feb 1972 14 May 1972
28 "The Massacre" Falk Barry 21 May 1972 27 Aug 1972
29 "The Bike Gang" Falk Barry 3 Sep 1972 5 Nov 1972
30 "The Hawk Master" Falk Barry 12 Nov 1972 11 Feb 1973
31 "The Sky Divers" Falk Barry 18 Feb 1973 27 May 1973
32 "Rex and the Little People" Falk Barry 3 Jun 1973 16 Sep 1973
33 "The Golden Wood" Falk Barry 23 Sep 1973 23 Dec 1973
34 "Phantom Treasure" Falk Barry 30 Dec 1973 9 Jun 1974
35 "Tale of Joomba" Falk Barry 16 Jun 1974 29 Dec 1974
36 "Little Girl" Falk Barry 5 Jan 1975 11 May 1975
37 "The First Phantom" Falk Barry 18 May 1975 10 Aug 1975
38 "The Golden Beach" Falk Barry 17 Aug 1975 21 Dec 1975
39 "The Blue Giant" Falk Barry 28 Dec 1975 11 Apr 1976
40 "Joonkar and the Slavers" Falk Barry 18 Apr 1976 29 Aug 1976
41 "The Stolen Ring" Falk Barry 5 Sep 1976 19 Dec 1976
42 "The Swamp Dragon" Falk Barry 26 Dec 1976 17 Apr 1977
43 "The Hunters" Falk Barry 24 Apr 1977 7 Aug 1977
44 "The Delta Pirates" Falk Barry 14 Aug 1977 23 Oct 1977
45 "The Wedding of the Phantom" Falk Barry 30 Oct 1977 5 Feb 1978
46 "The Three Bandits" Falk Barry 12 Feb 1978 16 Apr 1978
47 "What's Wrong with Hzz?" Falk Barry 16 Apr 1978 23 Jul 1978
48 "The Star of Bangalla" Falk Barry 30 Jul 1978 5 Nov 1978
49 "The Heirs" Falk Barry 12 Nov 1978 20 May 1979
50 "Jungle Olympics" Falk Barry 27 May 1979 2 Sep 1979
51 "The Name" Falk Barry 9 Sep 1979 9 Dec 1979
52 "The Vault of Missing Men" Falk Barry 16 Dec 1979 1 Jun 1980
53 "The Uninvited Visitors" Falk Barry 8 Jun 1980 16 Nov 1980
54 "Crook's Haven" Falk Barry 23 Nov 1980 24 May 1981
55 "Crazy Louie's Story" Falk Barry 31 May 1981 8 Nov 1981
56 "Kit and the Little People" Falk Barry 15 Nov 1981 11 Apr 1982
57 "The Terrorists" Falk Barry 18 Apr 1982 5 Sep 1982
58 "The Missing Link Family" Falk Barry 12 Sep 1982 16 Jan 1983
59 "Mysterious Karapura" Falk Barry 23 Jan 1983 31 Jul 1983
60 "The Eastern Dark" Falk Barry 7 Aug 1983 29 Jan 1984
61 "The Golden Beach of Keela-Wee" Falk Barry 5 Feb 1984 6 May 1984
62 "The Deadliest Animals in the Jungle" Falk Barry 13 May 1984 19 Aug 1984
63 "The Third Phantom" Falk Barry 26 Aug 1984 17 Feb 1985
64 "The Whispering Grove" Falk Barry 24 Feb 1985 9 Jun 1985
65 "The Forest Giants" Falk Barry 16 Jun 1985 5 Jan 1986
66 "Phantom Head Peak" Falk Barry 12 Jan 1986 27 Apr 1986
67 "Sunken Treasure" Falk Barry 4 May 1986 31 Aug 1986
68 "The Escaped Convicts" Falk Barry 7 Sep 1986 21 Dec 1986
69 "Queen Amaza's Mate" Falk Barry 28 Dec 1986 28 Jun 1987
70 "The Twins' 8th Birthday" Falk Barry 5 Jul 1987 27 Sep 1987
71 "The Irrondi and the Great Ones" Falk Barry 4 Oct 1987 10 Apr 1988
72 "The Bride of Xali" Falk Barry 17 Apr 1988 17 Jul 1988
73 "Exodus of the Little People" Falk Barry 24 Jul 1988 26 Feb 1989
74 "Death from the Sky" Falk Barry 5 Mar 1989 23 Jul 1989
75 "Captain Amazon - Pirate Queen" Falk Barry 30 Jul 1989 7 Jan 1990
76 "The Eastern Dark at Janorra" Falk Barry 14 Jan 1990 13 May 1990
77 "Return of the Thuggees" Falk Barry 20 May 1990 11 Aug 1991
78 "The Fourth Son" Falk Barry 18 Aug 1991 17 May 1992
79 "Tiger, Tiger" Falk Barry 24 May 1992 6 Dec 1992
80 "How The Phantom Saved The Earth" Falk Barry 13 Dec 1992 18 Jul 1993
81 "The Jungle Olympics" Falk Barry 25 Jul 1993 16 Jan 1994
82 "The Isle of Death" Falk Barry 23 Jan 1994 3 Jul 1994
83 "Phantom World" Falk Barry, Olesen, Doescher 10 Jul 1994 4 Dec 1994

Covers

Posters

References

  • Strickler, Dave. Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924-1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, CA: Comics Access, 1995. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1.


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