The Mona Lisa Caper
|The Mona Lisa Caper|
|Produced for:||Fantomen 24/1977|
|# of pgs:||32|
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- The 21st Phantom
- The Phantom of 1612 (mentioned)
- Diana Palmer
- Brunel de Gottshalk, Scorpia leader in 1612 (mentioned)
- Mr Quilter
- Professor Quentin Gillbank
- Avril Gillbank
- Count Klinger
- Louis XIV of France (mentioned)
- Boulevard S:t Germain
- US Embassy in Paris
- Orly Airport
- Pont Neuf
- Scorpia island (mentioned)
- Schloss Töplitz (mentioned)
- Jamaica (mentioned)
- East-Africa (mentioned)
- Suez (mentioned)
- Shanghai (mentioned)
- The Phantom moves as silently as the jungle cat.
Behind the scenes
- This is the first Phantom comic story which connects the Scorpia to the animal scorpion.
- The police report refers to (and expands) historical events mentioned in "The Scorpia":
- Within Team Fantomen lore, the 3rd Phantom was active in 1612. The location of Jamaica and the name of the pirate leader comes from the Avon novel "The Scorpia Menace".
- In "The Scorpia": "Scorpia reappears 1713 East-Africa." In "The Mona Lisa Caper": "East-Africa 1780: Scorpia slavers arrested by the British Fleet." Unless the difference in years was an error, it means that Scorpia was active near the Phantom's home for almost 70 years.
- These two entries does not mention any Phantoms, but "The Scorpia" includes three more entries that takes place in this time period: "March 8, 1715 – Fought Scorpia leader", "1718 – Phantom slays Scorpia king", "1765 – Phantom sinks flagship"
- In "The Scorpia": "1818, Scorpia, near Suez." In "The Mona Lisa Caper": "Suez 1818: Pirate ship operates in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea under the flag of the Black Scorpion." Within the stories, this is the earliest mention a connection of the animal scorpion and Scorpia.
This story has been published in the following publications:
- "The Mona Lisa Caper", The Phantom #786 (1983)
- "La Gioconda", Mustanaamio 7/1978