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Great Raptor of Rhua

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Great Raptor of Rhua
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Start date: May 23rd, 1988
End date: September 3rd, 1988
# of strips: 90 (15 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Man-Thing"
Followed by: "Chasamba"

"Great Raptor of Rhua" is the 164th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.

Plot Summary

Contains origin story. The Wambesi are losing cattle two at a time to a giant bird which picks up one in each claw at night. At the request of King Wambutto of Wambesi the Phantom stays watch and then hitches a ride on the giant bird to Rhua, where he helps the locals and the Wambesi solve their problems.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Baby, a giant hawk
  • Pretty, a giant housecat
  • Nasty, a giant lizard




  • Car hunted and returned by Baby


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Le grand rapace Rua", Le Nouvelliste August 31, 1988 – December 6, 1988

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  • "Jagtfalken fra Rhua", Fantomet #315 (1990)
  • Djursland June 7, 1990 – September 20, 1990 and August 14, 1997 – November 26, 1997

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  • "Óvættin mikla af Rua", Dagur May 3, 1994 – October 21, 1994

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