Dr Axel

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Dr Axel
Dr Axel.jpg
First appearance: "Dr Axel and the Witchmen"
Created by: Lee Falk & Wilson McCoy

Dr Axel is the doctor of the jungle, and runs a jungle hospital. He has been doing so ever since he was asked by the 20th Phantom.

Fictional character biography

According to the newspaper strip

While still a young doctor Axel had alcohol problems, and after nearly causing the death of one of his patients he fled out in the jungle. Stumbling upon the 20th Phantom, badly wounded after a showdown, he saved the life of him, forever gaining the friendship of the Phantom.

With support from the minor treasure room, the Jungle Hospital was founded, and protected by the Phantom's good mark. Dr Axel late helped deliver the 21st Phantom, as well as the next generation - the twins Kit and Heloise

Dr Axel has a son Ben Axel, who studies medicine. The Star of Bangalla

According to Team Fantomen stories

Behind the scenes

Lee Falk mentioned both Bjorn Attack of the Witchmen and Thor The Shaman as the first name of the doctor. Team Fantomen has his first name to be Thorbjorn[citation needed], and regards him as being of Scandinavian descent.

In the 1970's the the color of Dr. Axel's skin changed temporarily in the newspaper strip. Otherwise known to be Caucasian he was depicted as a black man between 1971 and 1977. Team Fantomen followed this change in their stories and continued this into the 1980's.

Dr Axel is based upon real-life doctor Albert Schweitzer.


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Daily/Sunday stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"Dr Axel and the Witchmen" Falk McCoy
"The Flying Horse" Falk McCoy
"Bullets' Town" Falk Barry
"Rex King" Falk Barry
"The Stolen Trophy" Falk Barry
"Tale of the Good Mark" Falk Barry
"Tale of Rex" Falk Barry
"The Wedding of the Phantom" Falk Barry
"Phantom Wedding" Falk Barry
"The Heirs" Falk Barry
"The Star of Bangalla" Falk Barry
"Attack of the Witchmen" Falk Barry
"The Shaman" Falk Olesen and Williams
"Valley of the Gorillaman" Falk Olesen and Williams
"The Briefcase" Reimerthi Nolan

Team Fantomen stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"The Secret Kingdom" Lundström Wilhelmsson
"The Man in the Swamp" Gill Eralp
"Death in the Sky" Granberg Vallvé
"On Forbidden Land" Lundström Vallvé
"The Last Assignment" Bull Wilhelmsson, Eralp  
"Goldhand" Lundström Bess
"The Great Race" Worker Wilhelmsson, Eralp
"The Storm" Worker Bess
"Grand Prix" Worker Wilhelmsson, Eralp
"Plague Warning" Avenell Bade
"Mahmoud and the Elixir of Life" Worker Eralp
"The Mysterious Murders" Avenell Eralp
"The Pirate Inheritance" Avenell Leppänen
"The Gold of the Incas" Worker Vallvé
"The White Slave Trade" Darell Leppänen depicted as European
"The Secret of Snake Island" Avenell Bade depicted as African
"Revenge of the Drummer" Worker Westad depicted as European
"The Water of Life" Darell, Ewers Lindahl depicted as African
"The Valley of Death Darell Bade depicted as African
"Race Against Death" Granberg Lindahl
"Devil's Adventure" Worker Stokes
"Damballa's Verdict" Worker Bade
"The Swamp of Horrors" Tierres Wilhelmsson, Eralp
"The Secret of the Haunted Castle" Reimerthi Felmang
"The Ghost on Flight 302" Worker Casanovas
"The Yellow Death" Goodall Mitton
"The Ghost Pilot" Worker Felmang, Waldrag
"Deadly Cargo" Emberland Westad
"The Black Death" Goodall Cruz
"Death of a Patrolman, Part 1" Avenell Leppänen
"Kingdom of the Amazons" Goodall Felmang, Ferri
"Bababu's Great Hoax" Worker Felmang and Usam
"Marsh Fever" Avenell Felmang, Ferri
"Aron" DePaul Lindahl
"Death from Radiation" Moberg Moberg, Thunborg
"Blood Brothers" Avenell Felmang, Ferri, Benny
"City of the Skull-Marked Men" Goodall Spadari
"The Doomsday Sect" Raab Spadari
"The 21st Phantom" Reimerthi Ryan
"The Grim Reaper" Reimerthi Ryan
"In the Shadow of Death" Reimerthi Spadari
"Pirates Ahead, Part 1" DePaul Joan Boix
"Pirates Ahead, Part 2" DePaul Felmang
"The Pandemic" Madden Velluto
"Epilogue" Reimerthi Joan Boix
"Singh War, Part 2: Rodiagate" Reimerthi Bade

Gold Key/King/Charlton stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"Oogooru" Harris Lignante
"Blind Man's Bluff" Lignante Lignante
"The Treasure of Bengali Bay" Harris Lignante

Moonstone stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"End War Part 1" Bullock Szilagyi
"End War Part 2" Bullock Szilagyi
"End War Part 3" Bullock Szilagyi

DC stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"Blind" Verheiden McDonnell

Fratelli Spada stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"The Strange Girl" Ferri Ferri

Bastei stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"The Treasure of the Green Hell" Mennigen

Avon novels

Title Writer Artist Comments
"Killer's Town" Falk N/A