Dungeons Undone

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Dungeons Undone
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Start date: February 13th, 2023
End date: September 16th, 2023
# of strips: 186 (31 weeks)
Writer: Tony DePaul
Artist: Mike Manley
Original colorist: KFS staff
Preceded by: "The Breakout"
Followed by: "The Journey Home"

"Dungeons Undone" is the 263rd Phantom daily story. The story was written by Tony DePaul and drawn by Mike Manley.

Plot synopsis

Now we find that it was Diana Palmer-Walker, not Guran, who got the Bandar Nation to go help The 21st Phantom with the Gravelines Maximum Security Prison breakout. The prison warden, his office on emergency power, keeps getting bad reports. Babudan reminds the Phantom that those who surrender may live. As they speak in the Bandar tongue, Savarna wants to blow up the main gate--the exit they used in Mozz's predictions. The Phantom tells Babudan that to keep Savarna away from him if he gets wounded, and hints at why. Meanwhile, Diana, having read the "Chronicle of Mozz," rides horseback to the Bandar camp by the border, and Guran comes in on an elephant.

The Bandar capture many guards who surrender and kill those who don't. While the prison warden is near the battle, trying to figure out what to do, the Phantom radios him from the warden's own office and tries unsuccessfully to get him to surrender. Then, as the Unknown Commander, he calls Colonel Worubu to get a list of which inmates are political prisoners and which are true criminals. He frees Viola Odhiambo, a teacher, and puts her in charge of freeing and arming the other political prisoners. The first lot drive off to become Rhodian rebels. One of the unreleased prisoners grabs Viola through the bars, but a poison-tipped arrow puts him down. Savarna takes off in a jeep and, which bullets whizzing all around her, feels that no harm can come to her this night. Just for fun, she blows up another guard tower. More vehicles, led by Kipawa, son of Babudan, take freed prisoners to the border. Bandar arrows dispatch objecting Rhodian border guards.

With the battle over, the warden and a guard try to ambush the Phantom, Savarna, and Babudan with guns on "full auto." Devil detects them and warns the three, bullets fly, and arrows take down the warden and guard. Babudan tells the Phantom to take Savarna and go, but the Phantom tells Babudan to take her and go. Babudan tells him he pledged to Diana to not leave the Phantom's side. The Phantom then reveals that he is wounded in the lower abdomen -- just as in Mozz's tale. He appears to give up on defeating Mozz's predictions, choosing to stay there and die rather than risk blabbing Jampa's whereabouts to Savarna. But then he realizes that he has not bled out, possibly because the bullet was a carom, half-spent by the time it hit him.

The Phantom and Savarna find Hero and ride to the Bandar camp, where Guran has drugged Diana to sleep.


Recurring characters

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Phantom lore

Deities and idols

Old Jungle Sayings

  • "Those who fight the Bandar fight briefly."
  • "When the Phantom asks, you answer."

Related stories

Referenced in

Behind the scenes

  • Liang Zhao was an uncredited background inking assistant on this story.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "¡Calabozos deschecos!", El País June 9, 2023 –

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