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Fathers and Sons

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Fathers and Sons
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Start date: February 20th, 1949
End date: April 24th, 1949
# of strips: 54 daily strips & 10 sundays
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Wilson McCoy
Original colorist: KFS staff (sundays)
Preceded by: "The Masked Marvel"
"The Haunted Castle"
Followed by: "The Flirtatious Princess"

"Fathers and Sons" is the 34th Phantom daily story and the 22nd Phantom Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Wilson McCoy.

Plot summary

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Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Killer Styx
  • Mike
  • Curly



Behind the scenes

  • Although Wilson McCoy began as a Phantom artist in 1942, and had been the sole artist on the daily strip since 1946, this story is the first to credit him. Wilson McCoy's name tag first appeared March 13th 1949 and his name on "the Phantom by Lee Falk and Wilson McCoy" for the first time April 3rd 1949.
  • Starting in February 1949 the Phantom Sundays and the Phantom daily strips featured the same stories. Unlike in the 1970's – where the stories "The Wedding of the Phantom", "The Three Bandits" and "The Heirs" ran both as dailies and Sundays – this adventures did not feature parallel stories but rather one story spanning over both weekdays and Sundays. However - since several newspapers only included either the Phantom dailies or the Phantom Sundays, the stories also had to be written in such way that the readers who didn't get both still were able to understand and appreciate the plot. As a result, the stories became quite repetitive when reading both Sundays and dailies, while the readers who only had access to either one of the two were left with some notable jumps in the storytelling. This practice was abandoned in May 1950, after four stories – "Father and Sons" being the first.
  • This is the second daily story to feature a past Phantom - the first being "The Singh Brotherhood". In addition, the 1944 Sunday story "The Childhood of the Phantom" which also features the father of the current Phantom, also predates this story.
  • The Phantom's father is said to have been active 40 years ago.
  • Lily Palmer estimates the age of the current Phantom to about 30 years.
  • In the first Sunday page of the story, Styx is said to be released from a "prison in South Africa". In the first daily strip, he is released from "a North African jail". Although it may seem like a strange mistake make the very next day, the Sunday page was actually made long before the daily strip so there would be time to color it as well. For the rest of the story, Styx refers to his past experiences in North Africa.

Related stories

Remade as


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • Le Nouvelliste February 19, 1949 – April 23, 1949 - Sundays only
  • Le Soleil February 20, 1949 – April 24, 1949 - Sundays only
  • La Patrie February 20, 1949 – April 24, 1949 - both Sundays and dailies
  • L'Action catholique April 6, 1949 – June 13, 1949 - dailies only

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  • Hejmdal November 20, 1950 – January 24, 1951 - dailies only

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  • The Daily Gleaner December 15, 1949 – February 9?, 1950 - dailies only (incomplete story?)

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  • "Padres e hijos", El Informador April 17, 1949 – June 19, 1949 - both Sundays and dailies

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