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Farewell to the Deep Woods

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Farewell to the Deep Woods
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Start date: June 6th, 2016
End date: November 5th, 2016
# of strips: 132 (22 weeks)
Writer: Tony DePaul
Artist: Mike Manley
Original colorist: KFS staff
Preceded by: "The Baronkhan Sedition"
Followed by: "The Phantom Stamp"

"Farewell to the Deep Woods" is the 245th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Tony DePaul and drawn by Mike Manley.

Plot synopsis

The story picks up from the previous story. After The Phantom came back from Baronkhan, Diana is afraid of let Kit go away to the Himalayas, where they won't have any kind of contact for years with him. But the Phantom believes the twins are ready to make by themselves their lives, Kit was born to be the next Phantom.

But while Diana cries while she thinks about how his boy will be years far away from her. The Phantom also can't sleep, because he is worried for Heloise. He remembers he heard the name "Briarson School" somewhere before even Heloise say it to him and then realizes that he read the name in the files from the Hard Drive of "Eric Sahara".

The Phantom reminds Guran, that in that hard drive was the Nomad family files and also enough files to take down the Nomad and his empire of crime. Guran then elaborates, Heloise Walker would be the classmate of Kadia Sahara, the daughter of the Nomad. The Phantom jokes about the matter believing this would be a good time to take Eric Sahara down.

But Guran sees this like a serious matter, one Diana should know about, but Diana is finally accepting their kids are growing up and exciting days are coming for them. So the Phantom decides not to tell Diana the truth because, after all, Kadia Sahara isn't a terrorist, her father is. Briarson is also a big school, they could actually not ever meet.

What Kit doesn't know, is that meanwhile in Briarson School, The Headmistress decides to put her two first African students, Kadia and Heloise, together as roommates.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Ms Epple (Briarson School Headmistress)
  • Older Kit's wife (flashforward)
  • The newborn 23rd Phantom (flashforward)

Real-life characters





  • The Phantom's 1934 DH88 DeHaviland Comet Racer marked 0-AD80 on fuselage and O-OSS across wings
  • The Phantom's S-38 Sikorsky

Behind the scenes

When the Phantom is getting an update on Kit's arrival in the Mountain City from Jampa seven panels show morse code, which respectively read: 1) Greetings, 2) Kit Walker, 3) at gunpoint, 4) brave, 5) the city, 6) thank you, 7) retire.

Related stories

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Referenced in


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Adiós a los Bosques Profundos", El Informador July 21, 2016 – December 20, 2016

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  • "Farvel til de dupe skogene", Lister November 1, 2017 – February 26, 2018 (interrupted after the strip of August 22, 2016)
  • "Farvel til de dupe skogene", Lindesnes November 13, 2017 – March 12, 2018 (interrupted after the strip of August 22, 2016)
  • "Farvel til de dupe skogene", Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen November 10, 2017 – April 28, 2018
  • "Farvel til de dupe skogene", Agderposten November 13, 2017 – April 21, 2018
  • "Farvel til de dupe skogene", Romsdals Budstikke December 19, 2017 – June 1, 2018
  • "Farvel til de dupe skoger", Fantomet 1/2018
  • "Farvel til de dupe skogene", Grimstad Adressetidene February 6, 2018 – July 21, 2018
  • "Farvel til de dupe skogene", Varden April 11, 2018 – September 14, 2018
  • "Farvel til de dupe skogene", Aftenposten April 29, 2018 – September 5, 2018

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