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The Sea Horse

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The Sea Horse
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Start date: January 22th, 1940
End date: July 27th, 1940
# of strips: 162 (27 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Ray Moore
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Golden Circle"
Followed by: "The Game of Alvar"

"The Sea Horse" is the 12th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Ray Moore.

Plot summary

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Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Harold
  • Baron Danton
  • Tiny
  • Red
  • Boke


  • USA
    • The Palmer Home
    • Bleak Island
  • Bengal (mentioned)


  • The Sea Horse


  • FBI

Behind the scenes

Title panel.
  • This story has often been reprinted with the title "The Seahorse". However, the actual title "The Sea Horse" appears in the last daily strip of the preceding story.
  • Diana's home is shown for the first time in the strip, and she is seen living in an apartment in an unnamed city, together with her mother and uncle. The Phantom also pays the Palmer home his first visit.
  • Diana's uncle Dave makes his first appearance. Not much information is given about him – his last name and his exact relationship to Diana isn't mentioned, nor is his occupation, although it's hinted that he has traveled a lot.
  • Uncle Dave meets The Phantom for the first time, and, notably, is just as opposed to his relationship with Diana as Mrs. Palmer is.
  • For the first time Mrs. Palmer's first name is given as "Lily". However, it would keep on changing for yet some years, before being uncontradicted.
  • As Diana and her family is arrested for espionage, Mrs. Palmer states that they are "a very distinguished family".
  • The Phantom's suit is said to be gray.
  • This story is the first ever to end with Diana and The Phantom happy together.

Related stories

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This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Tajna yachte “Morski konj” - Fantom spasava Dianu" Hrvatski dnevnik July 23, 1940 – November 1, 1940 + January 6, 1941 – January 17, 1941 + March 29, 1941 – April 13, 1941 (interrupted after the strip of June 20, 1940)