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The Reef

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The Reef
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Start date: March 23rd, 1964
End date: June 27th, 1964
# of strips: 84 strips (14 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Drummer of Timpenni"
Followed by: "The Adventures of Lucy Cary"

"The Reef" is the 88th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.

Plot Summary

Diana is at a Caribbean island with the UN medical team which includes Dr. Kirk. Mister Raye , a businessman who owns half the island is infatuated with Diana and asks her out only to be rejected. He also has Diana's mail intercepted. Diana writes a letter to Phantom detailing her stay. Phantom decides to take a vacation to go see Diana. Meanwhile Dr. Kirk and Diana go scuba diving where Diana discovers an underground cave filled with boxes. The next day Diana goes back alone to check the boxes and finds out that they contain rifles. She is seen by Mister Raye who takes her to his yacht on the pretext of reporting to the coast guard. Meanwhile Mister Raye's henchmen make it appear as if Diana has had an accident. Kirk goes to look for her when she doesn't return and finds only her car and diving gear. The police say nothing can be done. Dr. Kirk is in despair when the Phantom arrives. The Phantom learns about Diana and her discovery and goes to investigate. Meanwhile Diana on the yacht deduces that Raye is an arms smuggler. The Phantom finds the boxes of rifles underwater wrapped in nets and slowly cuts all of them. He rejoins Dr. Kirk on the beach. A freighter then arrives to collect the rifles but they fail as the nets had been cut. In anger they go to Raye to take revenge. The Phantom follows behind having sneaked on to the freighter. Arriving at the yacht, the general orders a firing squad to execute Raye and Diana when the Phantom steps in. He disarms them all and allows Diana to hand them over to the coast guard. Diana then goes on a two-week vacation with the Phantom before resuming work.


Recurring characters

One-time characters




Old Jungle Sayings

  • The Phantom is rough with roughnecks.

Behind the scenes

  • A post office box is marked "Dr. Infantino", a possible reference to Carmine Infantino.

Related stories

Referenced in


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • Hejmdal May 25, 1966 – September 1, 1966

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  • "Λαθρέμποροι όπλων" (romanized as "Lathremporoi oplon"), Fantom #78 (1976)

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  • Tíminn January 6, 1965 – April 14, 1965 - without the first week

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  • Heintje #27 – #36 (1968) - without the first week

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