Terror at the Opera

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Terror at the Opera
Start date: March 15th, 1999
End date: July 10th, 1999
# of strips: 102 (17 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk & Elizabeth Falk
Artist: George Olesen & Keith Williams
Original colorist: KFS staff
Preceded by: "The Albee"
Followed by: "The Ghost Wall"

"Terror at the Opera" is the 195th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and Elizabeth Falk and drawn by George Olesen and Keith Williams. Along with "The Kidnappers", it's the last story that Lee Falk ever made.

Plot Summary

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Behind the scenes

  • Lee Falk was hospitalised while writing the script for this story, and was assisted by his wife Elizabeth Falk. When he passed away, she finished the script based on his plot.
  • Almost an entire week of strips (from April 27 to May 1) consisted only of one-panel strips, to give more time to finish the script after Lee Falk passed away. This was the first time ever that the Phantom daily strip used only one panel for an entire strip.
  • The daily strip changed to computer lettering with this story.
  • The code to disarm the bomb is 1870 which is supposed to be the year the opera Aida premiered. However, it was actually first performed late in 1871.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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