Luck and Wealth

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Luck and Wealth
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Start date: November 28th, 1983
End date: May 26th, 1984
# of strips: 156 (26 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "Visit to Baronkhan"
Followed by: "The Kimberly Diamonds"

"Luck and Wealth" is the 153rd Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.

Plot synopsis

The Necklace of Solomon is the most precious of all the treasures of the Wambesi. Chief Wambatta makes his oldest son, prince Wommo, the guardian of the necklace when he becomes 21 years old. Wommo is not so interested in protecting the necklace and bring it to a pub to prove to a lady named Tala that he, in fact, is a prince of Wambesi. His boast ends with him being robbed of the necklace.

The Phantom then helps Wommo to bring it back to his father. Wambatta sentence his now reformed son to 2 years with no leave in the village.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • The Founder of Llongo
  • The Founder of Wambesi
  • Prince Wommo of Wambesi
  • Mik
  • Fozz the Fence
  • Cleaning Lady
  • Rudy
  • unnamed maharaja
  • unnamed colonel

Real-life characters




Old Jungle Sayings

  • There are times when the Phantom leaves the jungle and walks the streets of the town like an ordinary man.
  • Cold voice of Phantom can freeze tiger's blood.
  • The Phantom is rough with roughnecks.

Behind the scenes

Title panel.
  • This story in many indexes is known with the title "The Necklace of Solomon". However, the actual title "Luck and Wealth" appears in the second strip of the story. Although it could also be argued that this only refers to the events of the following strip, which mentions the luck of Llongo and the wealth of Wambesi. Llongo (and their luck) is not part of the storyline after that.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Justice est faîtes et le collier du roi Salomon", Akim #752, "A la recherche de Wommo", #753, and "Wommo un prince courageux", #754 (1990-91)
  • "Justice est faîtes et le collier du roi Salomon", Akim #24#25, and "A la recherche de Wommo", #26#27 (1996)

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  • Tíminn March 14, 1987 – November 4, 1987

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