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Guardian of the Eastern Dark

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Guardian of the Eastern Dark
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Start date: April 4th, 1977
End date: August 13th, 1977
# of strips: 114 strips (19 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Proposal"
Followed by: "The Tyrant of Tarakimo"

"Guardian of the Eastern Dark" is the 134th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.

Plot Summary

Curious about the origins of his cerimonial title of "Guardian of the Eastern Dark", The Phantom speak with Old man Mozz. He learns how two of his predecessors intervened in the region, stopping first human sacrifice to Zaal and then slavery. He also learns that crime still happens in the Eastern Dark, now in the form of drug production and trade, and decide to put a stop to that as well.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Rino
  • Prince of Zaal city
  • High Priest of Zaal




Deities and idols

Old Jungle Sayings

  • Phantom hand quicker than eye can see.
  • Phantom rough on roughnecks.

Related stories

Referenced in


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • Tíminn October 30, 1977 – March 30, 1978 (the last strip was printed twice, on March 29 and 30, 1978)

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