The Tree House (story)

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The Tree House
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Start date: February 18th, 1980
End date: July 19th, 1980
# of strips: 132 strips (22 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Return of
General Bababu
Followed by: "The Poachers"

"The Tree House" is the 143rd Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.

Plot Summary

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Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • unnamed airplane captain
  • Miss Jones
  • unnamed stewardesses
  • Alma (secretary in U. N. office)
  • O2E642 (ham radio operator)
  • Chief of the Rope People (in flashbacks only; Riori's father)
  • Jones (the plumber)
  • Captain Golanda, JP




Old jungle sayings

  • The Phantom never kids.

Related stories

Remake of

Behind the scenes

  • Part of this story is a re-telling of the events from "The Rope People", but with some details changed:
    • "The Rope People":
      • The current Phantom saved Dr Archer and June, by repeating tasks by his grandfather (the 19th).
      • The Phantom fights The Hermit Giant.
      • There is no romance between The Phantom and June.
    • "The Tree House":
      • The current Phantom's father saved Dr Thorne and his daughter, by repeating tasks by his grandfather (the 18th).
      • The Phantom fights The Forest Giant (who in a later story is revealed to be part of a whole tribe of giants)
      • This is the first meeting of the 20th Phantom and his future wife.
  • Dr. Kirk in this story does not look like Dr Kirk in previous appearances.
  • In the strip of March 31, the Phantom poses like The Thinker, a famous sculpture by Auguste Rodin.
  • The Phantom's ham radio callsign is 7W81.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • Tíminn February 26, 1981 – November 3, 1981

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