War in the Jungle

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War in the Jungle
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Start date: April 12th, 1937
End date: September 18th, 1937
# of strips: 138 (23 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Ray Moore
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Sky Band"
Followed by: "Little Toma"

"War in the Jungle" (also known as "The Diamond Hunters") is the third Phantom daily story. It was originally published in American newspapers from April 12th to September 18th, 1937.

The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Ray Moore.

Plot Summary

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Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Smiley
  • Hill
  • Prince Kula of Llongo
  • Princess Ota of Osi-Wey
  • Chief Kygani of Osi-Wey
  • Captain Dufrais
  • Chief Tari of Llongo
  • Jim
  • Cotton
  • Zoli of Djarling
  • Pedro


  • Port Said
  • Aden
  • Bombay
  • The Phantom's Country


Behind the scenes

Title panel.
  • Diana sees the Phantom without his mask for the first time, and has her first visit to the Bandar Village and the Phantom's home.
  • This story features one of the rare occasions where the Phantom kills - Smiley is shot down and dies.
  • The settlement at the outskirt of the Phantom's jungle is named for the first time: Frasertown. In the following story, "Little Toma", Frasertown is pinpointed to be in Bengal, India.
  • This story has often been reprinted with the title "The Diamond Hunters". However, the actual title "War in the Jungle" appears in the last daily strip of the preceding story.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Timanttien jäljillä", Ilta-Sanomat September 15, 2015 – October ?, 2015

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