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Trader Joe

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Trader Joe
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First appearance: "The Wharf Rats"
Created by: Lee Falk & Sy Barry

Trader Joe is the friendly jungle shopkeeper, managing a small trade post at the edge of the jungle.

Fictional biography

According to Lee Falk

Trader Joe is married The Three Bandits, but his wife is rarely seen or mentioned.

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According to Team Fantomen

Trader Joe is a widower, whose wife was killed by bandits and whose son was thrown to the wolves by said bandits as a child. Joe's son grew up among the wolves and was later killed by Joe when he attacked people. The Wolfman

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Behind the scenes

Before Trader Joe made his first appearance, Lee Falk introduced two other characters with the same name:

  • In "The Impostor" a fugitive by the Trader Joe steals The Phantom's suite while he's swimming, and has the whole jungle believe he is the true Phantom.
  • In "The Phantom's Ring" Trader Joe is a roughneck who manages a small shop and gets his hands on the Skull Ring for a short time, before he himself is robbed of it.

Additionally, in "The Killer" a recluse named Trader Ed appears who shares some characteristics with the Trader Joe character. Trader Ed was renamed Trader Joe in at least one translated reprint (Sy Barry - en jubileumskrönika 1961-1991 in Sweden).


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Daily/Sunday stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"The Wharf Rats" Falk Barry first appearance
"The Mysterious Ambassador" Falk Barry
"The Three Bandits (daily story)" Falk Barry
"The Three Bandits (Sunday story)" Falk Barry
"The Heirs" Falk Barry
"The Crater" Falk Olesen, Williams
"The Animal Collector" DePaul Olesen, Williams
"The Hit Men" DePaul Olesen, Williams
"The Wiseguy" DePaul Beatty

Team Fantomen stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"The Trade War" Lundström Wilhelmsson
"Buried Alive" Avenell Lindahl
"Devil's Adventure" Worker Stokes
"Aron" DePaul Lindahl
"Power of the Apes" Worker Spadari
"Thief on Board" Avenell Felmang, Ferri
"Caught in the Crossfire" Reimerthi Cruz
"Blood Brothers" Avenell Felmang, Ferri, Benny
"Devil - The Wolf Who Cannot Die" Lindahl Lindahl
"Diana's Crisis, Part 3: The Search for Diana" DePaul Felmang, Usam
"Grigor's Casino" Knutsson Bade
"Return of the Commander, Part 1" Reimerthi Boix
"Prisoner in the Skull Cave" Reimerthi Lindahl
"Epilogue" Reimerthi Boix
"On Jungle Patrol" Sonne Crescenzi