The Adventures of Lucy Cary

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The Adventures of Lucy Cary
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Start date: June 29th, 1964
End date: December 12th, 1964
# of strips: 144 strips (24 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Reef"
Followed by: "The Bad Ones"

"The Adventures of Lucy Cary" is the 89th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.

Plot Summary

The 21st Phantom reads in the Chronicles about his grandfather, the 19th Phantom, who in a fight got shot in the chest four times by pirat rifles, but manages to make it back to the jungle, because he cannot let himselve allow to die without a heir to the Skull Throne. Dr. Bart Cary is lead by the Bandar to the Skull Cave and manages to rescue the Phantom. He is rewarded with the Good Mark on his wrist and a diamond, which Dr. Cary then uses to build a jungle hospital.
When his sister Janie Cary visits him from New York she meets the Phantom and they fall in love. The Phantom asks Dr. Cary to allow him to marry his sister, but he denies. When he sends his sister back to America the Phantom kidnaps her, they marry and she gives birth to a boy soon after. Dr. Cary is so angry about the kidnapping that he removes the mark of the Phantom from the hospital, which is thereupon struck by lightning and burns to the ground. Doctor Cary moves back to America and about 50 years later tells his child granddaughter Lucy about the good mark and the jungle.
Still about 20 years later, long after Dr. Cary died, Lucy Cary has become American Beauty Queen and a famous actress. She goes on vacation to the jungle and plans to see the ruins of her grandfathers hospital.
As a celebrity she is protected by the jungle Patrol by Sgt Hill. She manages to slip past Sgt Hill with the help of Monk and Cholly, who promise her to show her the hospital ruins but plan to kidnap her in order for one million dollar ransom. When the Phantom learns about his cousin being kidnapped he rescues her.


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This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Το τρομερο μυστικο" (romanized as "To tromero mystiko"), Velos #83 and "Ο Φαντασμα εκδικειται" (romanized as "O Fantasma ekdikeitai"), #84 (1970)

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  • Tíminn April 15, 1965 – October 22, 1965

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  • "الشبح والنجمة المفقودة" (romanized as "Alshabah wa alnajma almafquda"), Samir #467#481 (1965)

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