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Start date: March 31st, 1947
End date: November 29th, 1947
# of strips: 210 strips (35 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Wilson McCoy
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "Mister Hog"
Followed by: "The Devil Road"

"Romance" (also known as "Romance and the Vesta Pirates") is the 30th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Wilson McCoy.

Plot summary

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Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Nora
  • Ferdy
  • Miss Kerry
  • Patch
  • Mike
  • Matt
  • Pete


  • USA
    • Palmer residence, Talesend Road
    • Country Club, Ladue Road
    • Hotel Barr
    • Florida
  • Bengali




  • S.S. Vesta
  • S.S. Ajax
  • The Orient Clipper


Old jungle sayings

Behind the scenes

Title panel.
  • This story has often been reprinted with the title "Romance and the Vesta Pirates". However, the actual title "Romance" appears in the first strip of the story.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Los piratas del Vesta", Tit-Bits #2078 – #2101 and "La boda de Diana, Tit-Bits #2102 – #2110 (1949)
  • "El regreso de La Sombra", La Sombra #9 (1959) - the last eight weeks only
  • "Piratas modernos", Libro de Oro #3 (1961) - without the first 17 and the last 12 weeks
  • Libro de Oro #13 (1963) - the last eight weeks only

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