The Avenger from the Sea

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The Avenger from the Sea
Produced for: Fantomen 2/1978
# of pgs: 35
Writer: Norman Worker
Artist: Georges Bess
Original colorist: N/A
Producer: Semic Press

"The Avenger from the Sea" is a 1978 Team Fantomen story written by Norman Worker, with art by Georges Bess.

Plot synopsis

The Phantom is visiting Mawitaan with Rex where President Luaga is opening an exhibition of the 18th century ship Vengeance which has been salvaged with the help of Swedish experts. At lunch in the Presidential palace the Phantom tells how the ship played a role in a story concerning the 8th Phantom.

The 8th Phantom is riding with the Jungle Patrol from the Skull Cave to Sanloi. Sanloi is a small kingdom ruled by King Mahmoud Toghrul. A trading ship has returned filled with gold to be shared by the ship's investors in Sanloi. But first a great party will be held in the royal palace. King Mahmoud welcomes the ship's captain back. The captain tells the king that to the very last a pirate ship had followed them.

As the sun settles, a pirate ship led by Captain Blood is waiting offshore. Captain Blood has a spy in Sanloi who has reported that a great feast will be held and that nobody is expecting an attack. The pirates attack, the guards too drunk to put up any resistance. The pirates ransack Sanloi and before leaving the pirate captain take the Princess Yasmin with him to prevent the king and his men from shooting at the pirate ship as it leaves. If the Phantom or anybody else interferes the princess will be hanged from a yard.

Later, the king receives a message from Captain Blood that he will release the princess in exchange for the Phantom. The Phantom comes to the pirate ship unarmed where captain Blood shoots him in the back. As he falls into the sea, loyal Bandars rescue him. The pirate ship sails off with the princess still onboard.

The Bandars take the Phantom back to the Skull Cave. The Phantom is dying and asks that a message be sent to Kit and Lady Ingrid who is visiting Sweden. The Bandar Bamba is sent away but luckily Kit and his mother have decided to make a surprise visit and Bamba finds them in Morristown. As the Phantom is dying, his son Kit swears the oath to become the 9th Phantom.

The Phantom returns to Sanloi with the Jungle Patrol. Captain Blood's Sanloi spy, Billy Bones, is found quickly and he reveals that the captain has sailed to his hiding place Terror Island off the coast of Madagascar. The Phantom and the Jungle Patrol go ashore on the island, capture the pirates and rescues the princess.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Black Carver
  • Captain Blood
  • Captain Hood
  • King Mahmoud Toghrul
  • Princess Yasmin
  • Abu
  • Abu's Father
  • Flint
  • Bamba
  • Billy Bones
  • Able Gun



  • The Vengeance
  • Wasa (mentioned)


Old Jungle Sayings

  • "There are times when the Phantom leaves the jungle and walks the streets of the town like an ordinary man."

Behind the scenes


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • Best story (Sweden) 1978

Best Story Winners
Mini finland.gif  Finland

1985: "The Prisoner at Capitolium" | 1986: "The Moor of Death"

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1979: "The Heirs" | 1983: "Tale of Rex" | 1984: "Hero" | 1985: "Pirates of the Yellow Snake" | 1986: "The Beanstalk" & "Race Against Death" (tie) | 1987: "Devil's Adventure" | 1988: "Eden" | 1989: "The Last Unicorn" | 1990: "The Last Emperor" | 1991: "Death of a Patrolman, Part 2: Tracking the Killers" | 1992: "The Wolf is Coming" | 1993: "Aron" | 1994: "The Commander is Dead" | 1995: "The Demon's Image" | 1996: "Johnny Hotwire" | 1997: "The Ghost Who Died Twice" | 1998: "The Last Phantom, Part 1: The Eighth Circle" | 1999: "Devil's Story" | 2000: "The Phantom vs Singh 2050" | 2001: "The Invisible Phantom" | 2002: "In A Strange Land, Part 2" | 2003: "My Darling Pirate" | 2004: "Son of the Pirate Queen" | 2005: "The King of Norway" | 2006: "The Singh Brotherhood" | 2007: "Dogai - The Road to Power" & "The Commander is Dead" (best reprint) | 2008: "The Devil of Ravenscar" & "Kingdom of the Amazons" (best reprint) | 2009: "Duel at Deadman's Gulch" | 2010: "The Cabin Boy and the Princess" | 2011: "The Gulf of Aden Pirates" | 2012: "The Pirates' Prisoner" | 2013: "The Slave Ship Zong" | 2014: "Death of a Pirate Queen" | 2015: "A Plague in Venice" | 2016: "John X" & "Patrolman X" | 2017: "The Karabasan League"

Mini sweden.gif  Sweden

1978: "The Avenger from the Sea" & "Phantom Wedding" (tie) | 1979: "Devil's Story" | 1980: "The Treasure from Rhodes" | 1981: "The Legend of the Swords, Part 1: Excalibur" | 1982: "The Stone Carving People" | 1983: "The Water of Life" | 1984: "The First Phantom" | 1985: "The Beanstalk" | 1986: "The Battle on Malta" & "Devil's Story" (best reprint) | 1987: "The King is Dead" | 1988: "Eden" | 1989: "The Last Unicorn" | 1990: "The Cathedral Mystery" | 1991: "Devil's Story" | 1992: "Hoogan's Revenge" | 1993: "The Test" | 1994: "The Commander is Dead" | 1995: "The Set Up, Part 1" & Part 2 | 1996: "The Last Viking" | 1997: "The Ghost Who Died Twice" | 1998: "Return of the Zombies" | 1999: "Devil's Story" | 2000: "The Phantom vs Singh 2050" | 2001: "The Prodigal Son" | 2002: "The Long Bow of Little John" | 2003: "My Darling Pirate" | 2004: "Son of the Pirate Queen" | 2005: "The Battle on Malta" | 2006: "The Singh Brotherhood" | 2007: "The Phantom Crusader, Part 1" & "The Commander is Dead" (best reprint) | 2008: "The Castaways" & "Kingdom of the Amazons" (best reprint)" | 2009: "The  Phantom Gladiator, Part 1" | 2010: "The Cabin Boy and the Princess" & "The Dragon Throne" (tie) | 2011: "The Sons of Captain Walker" | 2012: "The Pirates' Prisoner" | 2013: "Year 1349" | 2014: "Death of a Pirate Queen" | 2015: "A Plague in Venice" | 2016: "Nat Turner's Spirit, Part 6: The King of Louisiana" | 2017: "Farewell to the Deep Woods" | 2018: "The Ghost at Gallows' Inn" | 2019: "The Devil in Stockholm" | 2020: "A Reckoning with the Nomad" | 2021: "Devil's Story" | 2022: "Saga of the Vultures Chapter One: The Haunted Castle" | 2023: "Ku Klux Klan"