Masks of the Phantom

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Masks of the Phantom
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Produced for: The Phantom Strikes #2 (2018)
# of pgs: 24
Writer: Arild Wærness, Mike Collins &
Knut Robert Knutsen
Artist: Mike Collins
Original colorist: Ellie Wright
Producer: Lightning Strike Comics

"Masks of the Phantom" is a 2018 Lightning Strike Comics story, written by Arild Wærness and Mike Collins assisted by Knut Robert Knutsen, with art by Mike Collins.

Plot synopsis

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Recurring characters

One-time characters


Deities and idols

Old jungle sayings

Behind the scenes

  • Arild Wærness and Mike Collins have previously worked together on comic book stories featuring the character Varg Veum, a detective novel protagonist created by writer Gunnar Staalesen. The character Gunnar Wulff in this Phantom story was based on Varg Veum and named after Staalesen. When the story was published in Norway, the name Varg Veum was used making this an official crossover between the two heroes. The name "Varg" means "wolf" which made it possible to keep a pun which in the Irish version was based on the name "Wulff".
  • The plot was originally intended for the fifth Varg Veum Christmas Album, but the series was cancelled. When Mike Collins was contacted by Lightning Strike Comics about doing the Phantom, Mike contacted Arild and suggested that the unused Varg Veum plot would be reworked into a Phantom story.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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