Lago the Lake God

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Lago the Lake God
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Start date: May 28th, 1945
End date: August 11th, 1945
# of strips: 66 (11 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Wilson McCoy
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Blue Gang"
Followed by: "The Wild Girl"

"Lago the Lake God" is the 24th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Wilson McCoy.

Plot synopsis

Diana decides to take Hero for a ride, despite warnings from the others. She finds herself witness to a sacrifice of one of the Swembi tribe to the Lake God, Lago. The sacrifice is sent out on a raft into the middle of the lake. Diana saves him, but she is then captured by the other members of the tribe and held prisoner. Trader Smith is introduced as Diana is being held. Word gets to the Phantom and he arrives to free Diana, but is shot by Lago and winds up as the next sacrifice to Lago. He pretends to be more wounded than he actually is and rolls off the raft, where Devil has dove into the water and helps to free him.

Diana goes with the trader, expecting to get away, only to find that she is again taken prisoner. The trader is posing as Lago the Lake God so he can get the treasure which the Swembi tribe sends out to him so he will not flood their village, through a series of dams in the Sulfur Swamp. Both think the Phantom has died, but he finds the cave where Trader Smith is hiding and knocks him out and they all return in full view of the tribe and show how they were fooled and take Trader Smith prisoner as punishment for his crimes.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Trader Smith






Old jungle sayings

Behind the scenes

Title panel.
  • The title "Lago, the Lake God" appears in the first strip of the story.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Lago, el lago dios", El Informador July 16, 1945 – September 29, 1945

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