The Wharf Rats (daily story)

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The Wharf Rats
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Start date: June 18th, 1962
End date: October 13th, 1962
# of strips: 102 (17 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Epidemic"
Followed by: "The Mysterious

"The Wharf Rats" is the 84th Phantom Daily story. It was originally published in American newspapers from June 18th to October 13th, 1962.

The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.

After Lee Falk passed away in 1999, this story was remade as a Sunday story with the same name.

Plot Summary

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Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Peters
  • Shorty
  • Al
  • Lottie
  • Matt






Old jungle sayings

  • There are times when the Phantom leaves the jungle and walks the streets of the town as an ordinary man.
  • The Phantom in a fury is a sight to behold.
  • Phantom is rough with ruffians.
  • The cold voice of angry Phantom freezes blood.

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This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Το λιμανι τησ αγωνιασ" (romanized as "To limani tis agonias"), Velos #64 (1969)

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  • Tíminn January 16, 1963 – May 22, 1963

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  • "Портовые крысы" (romanized as "Portovye krysy"), Fantom #2 (1993)

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  • "الشبح وذئاب الميناء" (romanized as "Alshabah wa Theia'b almeenaa'), Samir #363#369 (1963)

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