The Challenge

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The Callenge
Start date: May 11, 2015
End date: September 12, 2015
# of strips: 108 (18 weeks)
Writer: Tony DePaul
Artist: Paul Ryan
Original colorist: KFS staff
Preceded by: "Patrolman X"
Followed by: "The Twins' Futures"

"The Challenge" is the 242nd Phantom daily story. The story was written by Tony DePaul and drawn by Paul Ryan.

Plot Summary

Kipawa, son of Guran's old friend Babudan, challenges Guran for the leadership of the Bandar tribe. Previously, the leadership has been inherited, but since Guran has disowned his son Timo, he has converted it to a total democracy where every member of the tribe has a vote on who is to be leader.

There is to be a contest where Guran and Kipawa is going to compete in various tasks for the leadership of the Bandars, then here will be a vote for the leadership.

Although Kipawa wins or makes a tie technically all the times, Guran wins by complementing him and being a true leader. Eventually Guran wins a rope climb when Kipawa lets him win, having picked up on Guran what it is to really be a leader.

In the final test, they are to first collect ingredients and then make jungle medicine. Kipawa is in big trouble as he cannot find the Ghost Orchid, which only Guran knows the location of. He tries to ask his father for help, but Babudan refuses as he prefers Guran.

In the morning of the day when Kipawa has to present the ingredients, he finds a piece of paper with instructions of how to find the Ghost Orchid. This results in another tie.

When the vote is to be conducted, Guran and Kipawa whisper to each other and Kipawa realizes that it was Guran who left the paper with instructions. Kipawa then understands that Guran has been training him to be a leader. With this revelation, he asks his father (who otherwise would have voted for Kipawa out of family loyalty) to vote for Guran. In the end Guran continues to be the leader and Kipawa is quite relieved when he realizes the enormous responsibility and all the times when the tribe has depended solely on Guran. Guran, however, assures him that he one day will become the leader.

Appearances

Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Unnamed bad guy
  • Mrs Minton

Locations

Tribes

Old jungle sayings

  • The Phantom has a thousand eyes and a thousand ears
  • When two Bandar face danger together, lions tremble

Related stories

References

Reprints

This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Utfordringen", Nordlys August 11, 2016 – September 14, 2016 (shortened, missing all of daily strips from May 21, 2015 to August 20, 2015)
  • Lindesnes September 1, 2016 – October 1, 2016 - the last three weeks only
  • "Utfordringen", Agderposten October 6, 2016 – February 9, 2017
  • "Utfordringen", Fædrelandsvennen October 10, 2016 – February 13, 2017
  • "Utfordringen", Romsdals Budstikke November 11, 2016 – March 17, 2017
  • "Utfordringen", Grimstad Adressetidene December 22, 2016 – ?, 2017
  • "Utfordringen", Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen January 14, 2017 – February 17, 2017 (shortened)
  • "Utfordringen", Varden February 27, 2017 – ?, 2017
  • "Bandarutfordringen", Fantomet 4/2017

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  • "El Desafío", La Prensa Gráfica December 7, 2015 – March 19, 2016 - without the last three weeks

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