The Great Ajax

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The Great Ajax
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Start date: July 21st, 1952
End date: October 11th, 1952
# of strips: 72 (12 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Wilson McCoy
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "Bobo the Toy Dog"
Followed by: "The Toad Men"

"The Great Ajax" is the 47th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Wilson McCoy.

Plot Summary

Ajax works as a strongman at a circus where also his brother Max has a job as a lilliputian. They both lose their job when Ajax looses his temper and starts a fight with spectators commenting on his brains. When Max leaves his brother unattended two burglars persuade Ajax to help them steal a safe. In the middle of the street while Ajax is carrying the safe a police discovers them and the other two burglars escape, however Max has returned and manages to help Ajax hide. Max decides to find a person much stronger than Ajax to teach his brother a lesson. He pays a roughneck in the harbour to beat up Ajax but it turns out to be an easy fight in favor of Ajax. After they get a new job at a circus Ajax soon gets into a fight with the audience again, however a man in a trenchcoat, hat and sunglasses interrupts the fight and knocks Ajax out. When Ajax rejoins the burglars, who have decided to steal the Llongo treasure during a royal wedding in the Llongo village, Max decides to seek help from the man who put a skull mark on the jaw of his brother. He walks out into the jungle and screams for the Phantom after a native bartender has told it is the only way to find the man he is looking for.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Ajax
  • Max
  • Bill
  • Big Bailey
  • Pete




Related stories


Referenced in


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • Hejmdal May 17, 1954 – August 10, 1954

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  • "...ja maailman vahvin mies", Sarjakuvalehti 8/1962
  • "Jalokivivarkaus", Sarjakirja 1/1992
  • "Suuri Ajax", Ilta-Sanomat October 8, 2012 – October 23, 2012 - without the first week, the second week was printed twice and December 27, 2018 – January 17, 2019

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  • "الشبح و أقوي رجل في العالم" (romanized as "Alshabah wa aqua rajol fi alalem"), Samir #227#238 (1960)

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