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For the very first Phantom story, see The Singh Brotherhood (story)

The Singh Brotherhood
First appearance: "The Singh Brotherhood"
Created by: Lee Falk and Ray Moore

The Singh Brotherhood is a centuries-old criminal organization, and the arch-enemies of the Phantom. They made their first appearance in the very first Phantom story, "The Singh Brotherhood".

Fictional history

According to Newspaper stories

The Singh Brotherhood first crossed path with The Phantom line when they attacked a European ship in the mid 16th Century (1525, 1535/1536, or 1550). One sole survivor washed ashore and became the first Phantom, swearing an oath to fight piracy and cruelty everywhere, and the Singh Brotherhood in particular.

In the centuries to come Singh kept sailing the seas, harassing travelers. In about 1745 a Singh ship attacked a Spanish trading-ship outside the Bangalla coastline. Both sides suffers great loss, only a few men survive and both ships are destroyed. The survivors bury the saved goods on a golden beach, but gunfight follows, and all surviors died. Fifty years later, the 13th Phantom found a note written by one of the survirors and searched for the treasure, but the chests remained lost until the 21st Phantom finally found them. Buried Treasure

Over the centuries several Phantom's appears to have been killed while fighting the Singh pirates. Most notably, the father of the current Phantom, who is stabbed in the back by his informant, a Singh cabin boy named Rama who has betrayed the pirates by giving him the location of their ships. Prior to the stabbing, the pirates have suffered a great defeat as The Phantom put their entire fleet into flames. When returning, Rama tells the pirates, not aware of his betrayal, that he followed the Phantom and managed to kill him with his own hands. As a proof he brings the The Phantom's belt.

Following the apparent ultimate defeat of The Phantom, Singh makes Rama their king. With no ships left, Rama has the remnant of the pirates withdrawing to the isle of Gullique. With time, Gullique is completely overtaken by the Singh, now ex-pirates, made a haven for smugglers and it gains the reputation of being the most evil place on earth. However, a saying is born - "If The Phantom comes to Gullique, there'll be a double rainbow in the sky." The Belt

One of the most cruel and powerful Singh leaders was Kabai Singh, who ruled the Brotherhood from the underwater city of Krakatan. Not believing in the The Phantom, he was assisted by his nephew Achmed and protegé Sala. However, when the Phantom arrives in Krakatan, it eventually ends with its destruction, killing every Singh member in it with the exception of Kabai and Sala, who withdraw to a second base at Mount Trepnich. However - The Phantom is once again able to track them down, but Kabai captures him and is about to execute him. He is however interrupted as the Royal Air Force starts bombing Mount Trepnich, and the moment later Sala, in love with The Phantom, attacks Kabai and kills him. Most of the Singh pirates escapes the bombing though, but with their headquarter destroyed and their leaders dead, their power is broken. The Singh Brotherhood

Ten years after the death of his father, the current Phantom learns about Gullique, his fathers belt and Rama, and he travels to the island. Eventually he is able to expose Rama as a Singh betrayer, but ends up in front of a execution squad. As he is about to be put to death, Rama, knowing that he will be killed by his former subjects, starts to blow up the island. A nearby naval vessel notes the explosion and arrives on the island, now in chaos following the explosion. The years of Singh rulership is ended, Rama is reportedly killed in the explosions, and the Singh pirates are once again destroyed. The Belt

A small band of Singh Pirates raided ships and the Bangalla mint, pretending to be a crew of ghost pirates. They were operating from at Soviet submarine, which the Phantom infiltrated and ended their scheme. The Ghost Pirates

When the Jungle Patrol made a routine arrest after a bar fight, they discovered that the man they arrested was a Singh pirate. This led to a planned terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia, which the Patrol's Unknown Commander - the Phantom - could stop. Plutonium Pirates

According to Team Fantomen

The Singh Brotherhood was founded by Bor Singh. Throughout the history of the Phantom the Brotherhood has grown and evolved despite generations of the Phantom trying to destroy it. During this time the Brotherhood has evolved from a pirate gang into a world wide criminal organization which has recently set up a legitimate corporation as a front for their activities called "The Singh Corporation".

Known Leaders

Since Team Fantomen has produced far more historical stories than Falk and also awakened the Singh pirates in the present day stories, there are a much higher number of leaders mentioned in their stories. The leaders in the list below can be leaders of either the entire Singh organization, or just a smaller part of it.

Name Years Met Note
Bor Singh Founder of the Singh Brotherhood
Djingis Singh
Chandra Singh
Aya Singh
El Aswad (Kizim) 1536–1537 The 1st Phantom Sentenced to death in 1537
Shogai Singh 1564 and later The 1st and the 2nd Phantom Escaped but later met the 2nd Phantom
Lala Singh's grandfather The 3rd Phantom 104 years old when Lala Singh died
Lala Singh The 3rd Phantom Drowned when her pet tiger fell on her
Captain Comore 1638 The 4th Phantom Sentenced to death 1638
Atan Singh unknown The 5th Phantom Sank to the bottom of the sea with his ship
Abu Singh 1660s The 6th Phantom Escaped after an unsuccessful attack at Mozambar.
Abakir Singh 1682 The 6th and the 7th Phantom Eaten by a crocodile
Abba Singh 1710 The 8th Phantom Crushed to death by a giant bell
Ashar Singh said to be 1757–1758 The 10th Phantom Taken by a giant squid.
Korshir Singh 1775 The 11th Phantom The 11th Phantom's settlement with him ended with the death of the Phantom.
Kourish Singh 1797 The 13th Phantom Tried to get hold of Durandal, the sword of sir Roland
Kulai Singh 1831 The 14th and the 15th Phantom Was imprisoned by the 15th Phantom but later escaped.
Pasha Singh 18?? The 15th Phantom Captured the 15th Phantom, who nearly lost his life.
Scimitar 1856–1866 The 16th Phantom Hunted by the 16th Phantom for many years before Kate Sommerset killed him
Cyclops 1889 The 17th and the 18th Phantom Killed the 17th Phantom but was killed when his two sons and Lady Kate Sommerset attacked
Rashid Singh earlier The 18th Phantom Briefly mentioned as an opponent to The 18th Phantom.
Blackheart 1889–1907 The 18th Phantom Knife-wounded Kate Sommerset in 1889, killed in 1907
Sandal Singh 1908 The 19th Phantom Tried to get hold of the chain of Samson
Albig Singh 1908-19 The 18th and The 19th Phantom Killed the 18th Phantom
Akbar Singh 1932 The 19th Phantom Escaped
Rama Singh earlier The 20th and the 21st Phantom Blew himself into the air at Gullique when the Phantom came after him
Kabai Singh earlier The 21st Phantom Killed by Sala
Dogai Singh present day The 21st Phantom Has had 4 attempts on his life, latest time by Khermet, but is still alive
Khermet present day The 21st Phantom Sandal Singh had him killed
Sandal Singh present day The 21st Phantom Elected president of Bangalla after pretending to be the target of an attempted assassination

According to Frew

The Singh Brotherhood, once a gang of ruthless pirates harassing Asian waters for centuries was believed to have been destroyed following the death of Kabai Singh, and the destruction of Mount Trepnich. However - years later they return, and begin to attack ships, eventually murdering the entire crew and every passenger on a cruiser outside the Bangalla coust. Among the dead are the niece and nephew of Bangalla's President Luaga.

The Phantom is able to track down the pirates, now led by Kabai Singh's son Kabai Singh, Jr., in their new secret hideout on Cloud Island. After a fierce battle, the Phantom corners Kabai Singh who blows up the remaining of the headquarter, killing every single Singh member. The Phantom merely makes it, presumably as the only survivor, but unknown to everyone Kabai Singh is washed ashore on a remote beach, beginning to tell the natives frightfully stories of a man called The Phantom, planning his revenge.

According to Fratelli Spada

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According to Moonstone

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Known Leaders

Like Team Fantomen, Moonstone has set about recreating the Singh Brotherhood for their stories and has introduced their own set of leaders.

Name Years Met Note
Kabai Singh The 1st Phantom
Katar Singh 1667 the 3rd Phantom
Arune Singh 1782 The 11th Phantom
Ghutar Singh The 16th Phantom
Hassan Singh The 20th Phantom
Temur Singh present day The 21st Phantom

According to Dynamite

According to Dynamite Entertainment Phantom story of 2011 Jungle Rules Chapter 4: A Cave is Not a Home it was the Singh Brotherhood leader Pava Singh who killed Christopher Kitridge Walker, father of the 1st Phantom on 17 February, 1536.

Behind the Scenes

Starting in the 1970's, Falk began avoiding the spelling "Singh" of his Daily and Sunday stories, reportedly in order not to implicate that the Brotherhood originated in India, where "Singh" is a common last name. Instead they were referred to as the "Dingh", "Sanngh", "Sengh" or "Singgh" pirates. However no other producer has changed the name and the Daily and Sunday stories have since reverted back to Singh.

Notable Appearances

This list does not include appearances of the Singh Brotherhood in the short retelling of the origin of the Phantom - a passage which has introduced several stories through the years.

Daily and Sunday stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"The Singh Brotherhood" Falk Moore
"The Belt" Falk McCoy
"Buried Treasure" Falk Olesen, Williams as Sangh Pirates, in 1745
"The Ghost Pirates" DePaul Olesen, Williams
"Plutonium Pirates" DePaul Ryan
"The Death of Diana Palmer Walker" DePaul Ryan only in Team Fantomen version with additional story and art by Granberg and Lindahl

Team Fantomen stories

Historical stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"The Treasure of the Singh Pirates" Lundström Eralp
"The Avenger" Lundström Vallvé
"Goldhand" Lundström Bess
"Hostage of the Singh Pirates" Granberg Vallvé
"The Dangerous Portrait" Granberg Vallvé
"The Unknown Commander, Part 1" Worker Bess
"The Unknown Commander, Part 2" Worker Bess
"The Legend of the Swords, Part 2: Durandal" Worker Vallvé
"The Dagger" Darell Vallvé
"The Message" Worker Leppänen
"The White Horseman" Darell Lindahl
"Quabar's Secret" Darell Eralp
"The Cloud Pirates" Worker Leppänen
"Mystery of the Golden Rune, Part 1: Pirates of the Arctic" Worker Leppänen
"Mystery of the Golden Rune, Part 2: The Garden of Death" Worker Leppänen
"The Last Emperor" Worker Cruz
"The Devil's Drug" Årnes Vallvé
"The Doomsday Weapon" Worker Leppänen
"The Ibis Mystery, Part 4: At the Edge of the Grave" Worker Leppänen
"The Ghost who Died Twice" Worker Lindahl
"King Fatso" Moberg Felmang, Benny
"The Temple" Raab Boix
"The Sword of Atan Singh" Jönsson Spadari
"The Prodigal Son" Reimerthi Spadari
"Convent Island" Bishop Spadari
"The Inquisitor" Longstreet Spadari
"In A Strange Land, Part 1" Reimerthi Spadari
"In A Strange Land, Part 2" Reimerthi Spadari
"The Pirate Queen" Bishop Spadari
"The Cruel Revenge" Reimerthi Boix
"My Darling Pirate" Bishop Spadari
"Son of the Pirate Queen" Bishop Spadari
"Death of a Phantom" Bishop Spadari
"Of the Same Blood" Bishop Spadari
"The Great Deception, Part 1" Reimerthi Boix
"The Great Deception, Part 2" Reimerthi Spadari

Present day stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"Death in the Sky" Granberg Vallvé
"Hostage of the Singh Pirates" Granberg Vallvé
"The Truck Pirates" Worker Vallvé
"Secret of the Satellite" Worker Vallvé
"The Floating Island" Darell Lindahl
"A Secret Life" Sprucehill, Kharelli Pelerin, Leppänen
"The Devil's Brotherhood, Part 3: The Final Battle" Kharelli Lindahl
"The Carnival of Death" Tierres Vallvé
"Quabar's Secret" Darell Eralp
"Treasure of the Scythians" Worker Vallvé
"The Storm Maker" Tierres Felmang, Waldrag
"The Demon" Avenell Vallvé
"The Devil's Drug" Årnes Vallvé
"The Ibis Mystery, Part 4: At the Edge of the Grave" Worker Leppänen
"The Revenge of Dogai Singh" Worker Felmang, Benny
"Gullique - The Island of Doom" Falk, Granberg Leppänen
"Curse of the Singh Brotherhood" Moberg Bade
"The Phantom from the Bronx" Årnes Bade
"The Last Phantom, Part 1: The Eighth Circle" Reimerthi Felmang
"The Last Phantom, Part 2: The Choice" Reimerthi Felmang
"The Traitor" Lindahl Lindahl
"The 22nd Phantom, Part 1" Lindahl Lindahl
"The 22nd Phantom, Part 2" Lindahl Lindahl
"The Phantom vs Singh 2050" Reimerthi Lindahl
"The Hero" Raab Davis
"The Sword of Atan Singh" Jönsson Spadari
"The Bandani Pirates" Frognes Mann
"Secret of the Skulls, Part 1" Reimerthi Lindahl
"Secret of the Skulls, Part 2" Reimerthi McLeod
"Secret of the Skulls, Part 3" Reimerthi Ryan
"Dogai Singh's Treasure" Reimerthi Ryan
"Molok" Reimerthi Ryan
"The Doomsday Ship" Bishop, Lindahl Leppänen
"The Grim Reaper" Reimerthi Ryan
"Annihilate All Singh" Reimerthi Boix
"Death at the Fun Park" Reimerthi Lindahl
"The Secret Singh Leader" Reimerthi Spadari
"In the Shadow of Death" Reimerthi Lindahl
"Diana's Crisis, Part 1: The Mysterious Wreck" Seter Felmang, Benny
"Return of the Commander, Part 1" Reimerthi Boix
"Return of the Commander, Part 2" Reimerthi Boix
"Deadly Virus" Reimerthi Spadari
"Dogai - The Road to Power" Reimerthi Lindahl
"The New President" Reimerthi Velluto
"The New Leader" Reimerthi Lindahl
"The Emperor's Gift" Bishop Spadari
"Alter Ego" Bishop Spadari
"Blood Diamonds" Bishop Velluto
"The Gandor Sect" Reimerthi Bade
"Wipe out Bengete" Reimerthi Bade
"The Plutonium Wreck" DePaul Boix mentioned only
"Sala and the President" DePaul Felmang
"Dangerous Escape" Reimerthi Felmang, Ferri
"Fateful Meeting" Reimerthi Lindahl
"Encounter With Murder" Reimerthi Boix
"The Gulf of Aden Pirates" Kajander Leppänen
"The Scapegoat" Reimerthi Velluto
"The Poisoned Land" Pellerin Spadari mentioned only
"Invisible Eyes" Reimerthi Bade
"The Pandemic" Madden Velluto
"The Haunted Bay" Lindahl Lindahl
"Citadel of Death" Bishop Saviuk
"Singh War, Part 1: The Flying Dutchman" Reimerthi Spadari
"Singh War, Part 2: Rodiagate" Reimerthi Bade
"Lost at Sea, Part 1: The Island of Mysteries" Reimerthi Spadari
"Lost at Sea, Part 2: The Singing Statues" Reimerthi Spadari
"The Pit of Doom" Karlstrom, Carling Ruiz, Martínez

Frew stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"Return of the Singh Brotherhood" Shepherd Chatto
"Shangri-La" Andersson Todaro
"A Day at the Races" Kyme Kyme

Gold Key/King/Charlton stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"The Belt" Falk, Harris Lignante
"Revenge of the Singh Pirates" Gill Boyette

Fratelli Spada stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"Written in the Flesh" unknown Pedrazzi
"A Strange Assassination" unknown Pedrazzi
"A Mystery to Reveal" unknown Pedrazzi, Felmang
"The Showdown" unknown Pedrazzi
"The Last of the Singh Pirates" Lundström Cambiotti, Lombardi
"The Fountain of Mystery" Lundström Cambiotti, Lombardi

Moonstone stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"The Singh Web" Raab Blanco
"Valley of the Golden Men" DeFalco Manna, Nichols, Pallot
"Legacy" Raab Quinn
"Nanamaru" Raab Burchett
"Five Days of the Dragon Chapter 1" Marz Procopio
"Five Days of the Dragon Chapter 2" Bedard Goldman
"Five Days of the Dragon Chapter 3" Dixon Nolan
"Five Days of the Dragon Chapter 4" Nieves Akins, Wolak
"Five Days of the Dragon Chapter 5" Bullock Ferreyra
"Invisible Children Part 3" Bullock Szilagyi
"Checkmate Part 1" Bullock Szilagyi
"Checkmate Part 2" Bullock Szilagyi, Coggiola
"Checkmate Part 3" Bullock Szilagyi
"Checkmate Part 4" Bullock Szilagyi
"Checkmate Part 5" Bullock Szilagyi
"Blackguard" Raab Quinn

Dynamite stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"Jungle Rules Chapter 4: A Cave is Not a Home" Scott Beatty Eduardo Ferigato