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A Proper Husband

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A Proper Husband
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Start date: November 13th, 1955
End date: February 12th, 1956
# of strips: 14 pages
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Wilson McCoy
Original colorist: KFS staff
Preceded by: "The Horned Star Demons"
Followed by: "The Jungle Tourneys"

"A Proper Husband" is the 43rd Phantom Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Wilson McCoy.

Plot Summary

Diana’s mother invites Diana’s grandfather to visit, but Diana is anxious because she knows he will pressure her into getting married. As soon as he arrives, Diana’s mother informs him of The Phantom, to Diana’s dismay. He is insulted that she would be interested in a man who “Lives with natives in a cave” and arranges that his company find a suitable husband for Diana by offering a “Top Secret” job application. Through trial, he introduces her to Mr Barton, who Diana becomes partially interested in. Mr Barton and Diana go out on a hunting expedition, while The Phantom arrives at the Palmer’s residence looking for her. Diana and Mr Barton become trapped by two grizzly bears. The Phantom arrives at the last moment, and fights them both with his bare hands. After the ordeal, the Phantom arrives at the Palmers residence to find crooks demanding money from Diana and her grandfather. He intervenes and knocks out the crooks. Diana’s grandfather sends Mr Barton away and is now proud of his granddaughter’s love of The Phantom.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • H. H. Palmer
  • Mr. Barton
  • Mr. Abbott
  • Mr. Brown
  • Mr. Carter
  • Mr. Martin
  • Mr. Norton
  • Mr. Zwicky




  • Palmer Industries Inc.


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This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • La Patrie November 13, 1955 – February 12, 1956
  • Le Soleil November 13, 1955 – February 12, 1956

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