On the Trail of an Assassin

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On the Trail of an Assassin
Start date: October 2th, 2005
End date: March 26th, 2006
# of strips: 26
Writer: Tony DePaul
Artist: Graham Nolan
Original colorist: Graham Nolan
Preceded by: "The Prince Rex Conspiracy"
Followed by: "The Fire Peak Tribe"

"On the Trail of an Assassin" is the 163rd Phantom Sunday story. The story was written by Tony DePaul and drawn by Graham Nolan.

Plot synopsis

The Phantom is summoned by President Luaga, who has received reports of a planned assassination. The assassin has been identified as Brakkos from Rhodia, but his target is unknown. All that is known is that the target is in New York, and that the assassination is intended to slow down the peace process in the region around Rhodia.

Arresting Brakkos would only mean that another assassin is assigned to kill the unknown target. The Phantom travels to New York to follow Brakkos and find out who the target is. While in New York, he spends time with his wife Diana who also is also there due to her work for the United Nations.

The Phantom is shooting at Brakkos.

As the Phantom tracks down Brakkos, he realizes that Diana is the target. He rushes back to her and finds her just as Brakkos, sitting on a rooftop, is prepared to take his shot. The Phantom gets in the way and opens fire on Brakkos, but the long range make the bullets from his pistols no more than a distraction. It is however enough to startle Brakkos, who slips and falls to his death.


  • "Falk was here" is seen as graffitti on a wall in New York on November 27, 2005.
  • Dr. Rex Morgan and his wife June from the comic strip "Rex Morgan, M.D." (also strip that also was drawn by Graham Nolan at the time) make a cameo appearance in this story on January 8, 2006.

Behind the Scenes

Several panels of this story have been used as inspiration by Rolf Gohs when creating covers for Fantomen. These covers include Fantomen 4/2007 cover, Fantomen 5/2007 cover, and Fantomen 26/2007 cover.

In Sweden and Norway, where the Team Fantomen were in the middle of a different background plot in the Phantom universe, the Singh pirate Sandal Singh was president instead of Lamanda Luaga, who was instead working as a doctor in the poor part of Morristown (Mawitaan) known as Bengete. In order for this to work, parts of the story had to be redrawn for the Scandinavian Phantom comic books to show Sandal Singh as the president. The new art for this was supplied by Henrik Jonsson.


Recurring characters




  • Airplane, marked Bangalla Air


  • The Phantom's .45's

Old jungle sayings

  • The Ghost-who-walks leaves the Presidential Palace and walks the streets of town, like an ordinary man.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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