The King of Beggars

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The King of Beggars
Produced for: Fantomen 8/1992
# of pgs: 32
Writer: Per G. Hvidsten
Artist: Carlos Cruz
Original colorist: Times Graphics Singapore
Producer: Semic Press

"The King of Beggars" is a 1992 Team Fantomen story, written by Per G. Hvidsten, with art by Carlos Cruz.

Plot synopsis

The 21st Phantom tells Kit and Heloise a story from 1840 in London while the 15th Phantom is visiting family. The Phantom helps uncover an intricate web of plots and schemes starting with a tontine in 1811 as he helps his friend Henry Clay find Mr Clay's cousin Sophie Clay-Peters.


Recurring characters

Real-life characters

One-time characters

  • Henry Clay
  • Sophie Clay-Peters
  • Pastor Smith
  • Mr George Hogham
  • The King of Beggars
  • Dr Alan Dodd, physician
  • Buster, dog (mentioned)
  • Mr De Porcil, on the tontine of 1811
  • Mr Clay-Peters, on the tontine of 1811
  • John Berry, on the tontine of 1811
  • Mr Willis, on the tontine of 1811
  • Mr Mercer, on the tontine of 1811


  • Bengali
  • England
    • London
      • The Thames
      • St Clauds
        • Sophia's childhood home
        • St Claud's Parish Office
      • The Albion Court (hotel)
        • Room 406
        • Room 408
      • Limehouse (mentioned)
      • Barge-Crow-Hogham's Legal Advisers office
        • Secret passage
      • Doctor Dodd's reception
      • The Imperial Eastern Company
    • Hoddesdon
      • Sunnydale Community Hospital


  • Stuffed Rat

Behind the scenes

  • Writer Per G. Hvidsten won a competition for best synopsis for a script in Fantomen 21/1987. In 1989 the final draft was still not finished but the Fantomen editor believed that it would be published in 1990.[1] The story was finally published in 1992.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  1. Fantomen 5/1989, page 66