The Slave Traders

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The Slave Traders
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Start date: January 30th, 1939
End date: May 6th, 1939
# of strips: 84 (14 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Ray Moore
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "Fishers of Pearls"
Followed by: "The Mysterious Girl"

"The Slave Traders" is the 9th 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

  • Ali
  • The Sand Hermit
  • Lord Suliman



Behind the scenes

  • Morristown is mentioned for the first time (although the same settlement appears in the previous episode, "Fishers of Pearls", without being named). It is described by Diana as "a little trading-post on the Bengal coast".
  • This is the second time the outside of the Skull Cave appears in the strip.
  • The Sand Hermit sees the Phantom without his mask, which makes him the second person in the strip to do so (following Diana). The Phantom tells him that he is "the first man who's ever seen my face".
  • This is also the second story to be introduced with the story of the origin of the Phantom.

Related stories

Refers to

Remade as


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • L'Action catholique May 27, 1939 – June 8, 1939 - the last two weeks only, but with intro text

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  • The Tribune June ?, 1939 – August ?, 1939 - a few first weeks missing

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