The 1st Phantom
|The 1st Phantom|
|Active years (Team Fantomen):|
|Active years (Lee Falk):|
|Active years (Moonstone):|
|Mid 1500's, active in 1556|
|Active years (Bastei):|
|Active years (Other producers):|
- 1 Fictional Character Biography
- 2 Notable Appearances
Fictional Character Biography
According to Team Fantomen
Christopher Walker was born in 1516 as the son of Captain Christopher Walker and Mary Walker of Plymouth, England. However, he himself states he was born in Portsmouth. He spent much of his childhood with his cousin Simon Walker.
In 1527, he and his father visited Rome and found Caesar's laurel.
From 1530 to 1536 he served on board his father's ship. It was on the last journey before his father's retirement that the ship was attacked by Singh Pirates in the Bay of Bangalla. Young Christopher was washed ashore as the only survivor of the pirate attack. He was found and helped by people of the Bandar tribe. On the skull of his father's murder, Christopher swore the Oath of the Skull and became The Avenger. After helping the bandars to break free from slavery of the Wasaka tribe and creating a costume based on the Demon God of Wasaka as well as finding a new home - the Skull Cave in the Deep Woods - he began to plan revenge on the man responsible for the pirate attack. One year after the attack on his father's ship he got revenge and brought the pirate leader Kizim, who used the name El Aswad, to court where he was sentenced to death.
In 1538, he had a vision and saw his recently deceased cousin Simon Walker (though he did not know that Simon was dead at that point), who asked him to clear his name. He then travelled to Malta and discovered that Simon had been part of a mission to retrieve lost treasures which had been captured by arab thugs and Simon was accused by the only knight who was let go of having been broken down by the torture and told where the treasure was hidden. Simon's servant Drago, who had been let go by his capturers, told him that it was the knight who had betrayed the location of the treasure. The 1st Phantom managed to clear his cousin's name and was for the first time called The Phantom, by Suliman who believed it was Simon Walker returning from beyond the grave. He was then made a knight of the Order of Saint John at Malta.
In 1541, he travelled back to England and through a sequence of events he was given the Skull Ring from Paracelsus. It was said to once have belonged to emperor Nero.
In 1542, he met Gabrielle de Montmorency in Paris. They had a brief affair that resulted in a son, René de Montmorency. The 1st Phantom never knew he had a son with Gbrielle. He and René met in 1563, but they were both unaware of their relationship.
He married princess Marabella of Maravilloso in 1545.
In 1565 he participated in the defense of Malta against the Turkish sultan Suleiman and was badly wounded but survived. He and his son then returned to Bangalla but the means of traveling were not so advanced in those days so they didn't arrive in the Skull Cave until February 1566. By then he was so weak that he died in the Skull Cave shortly after that his son, who then was 18 years old, had sworn the Oath of the Phantom and become the 2nd Phantom.
According to Lee Falk
The year of the death of the father of the first Phantom and of the birth of the Phantom line has been specified as 1525, 1535, 1536 and 1550 .
The first Phantom was eventually killed by bandits.
According to Moonstone
In 1531, a merchant ship was attacked by the Singh Brotherhood off the coast of Africa. Only the captain's son the cabin boy survived the attack and was washed ashore. He was found by Bandar warriors who took him to their village, where he was nursed back to health. The Bandar tribe belived that a prophecy had been fulfilled, of a man who comes from the sea to save them from being enslaved by the Wasaka tribe, and they called the cabin boy "Fan-Tum". The cabin boy spent many months with the Bandar. When the Bandar chief Turan's son Suran was kidnapped by the Wasaka, the cabin boy followed a group of Bandar warriors. On their way to the Wasaka village, they found the body of the man who murdered the cabin boy's father. Upon the skull of the murderer, the cabin boy swore an oath to fight piracy, greed, cruelty and injustice. The warriros returned to the Bandar village, now with a plan to free Suran and the rest of the enslaved Bandar. The cabin boy disguiseed as the Wasaka's god, Kua the Undying. Led by the cabin boy, the Bandar managed to defeat the Wasaka. The cabin boy was given two rings by the Bandar chief, and a new home in a cave shaped like a skull, and swore that his sons and their sons also would follow the Oath of the Skull.
According to Bastei
The first Phantom was born in 1515, became Phantom in 1535 and died in 1571.
He was found by the Bandar after ten days of wandering and was taken care of by the medicine man Zoran. Zoran gives him the name "Phantom".
During the hunt of a man-eating leopard, he enters the Skull Cave and nearly dies due to poisonous gasses. He discovers that plants create the gas and subsequently burns all the plants in the cave.
He then decides to make the Skull Cave his home. The Bandars agree to join him and build a throne as a gift for their protector.
According to Phantom 2040
The 1st Phantom survived the pirate attack due to the fact that his father pushed him overboard. He was then found by the Bandars and swore an oath to fight evil, he did not, however, start using the traditional Phantom suit, which actually seemd to have been developed during the centuries.
According to SyFy's 2010 TV pilot
He was born 1516 in Portsmouth. In 1536, his ship upon which his father was the captain, was attacked by Singh pirates. He was the only survivor, however, he found the body of his father, which he burned. He then met a native tribe and swore an Oath to "devote his life to the destruction of piracy, greed, cruelty, and injustice in all their forms and my sons and their sons shall follow me."
This list does not include appearances of the first Phantom in the short retelling of the origin of the Phantom - a passage which has introduced several stories through the years.
|"Walker's Table"||Falk||Barry||1490s to early 16th c.|
|"The First Phantom"||Falk||Barry||1550|
|"The Singh Brotherhood"||Falk||Moore||??|
|"The Phantom's Ring"||Falk||McCoy||??|
|"The Wrestling Tourney"||Falk||McCoy||??|
|"Captain Kidder's Treasure"||Falk||McCoy||??|
|"The Secret of the Skull Cave"||Mennigen||unknown||1535|
|"Called to Account"||DeVries||Lumsden||15??|
|"The Ghost Who Walks"||David||Orlando, Janke||15??|
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