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The Dead River

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The Dead River
Produced for: Fantomen 1/1972
# of pgs: 24
Writer: Magnus Knutsson
Artist: Jaime Vallvé
Original colorist: N/A
Producer: Semic Press

"The Dead River" is a 1972 Team Fantomen story, written by Magnus Knutsson, with art by Jaime Vallvé.

Plot synopsis

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Recurring Characters

One-time Characters

  • Chief of Alua
  • Ramon (mentioned)
  • Presidential guard
  • Factory guard
  • Bandar warrior
  • Minister Stevens
  • Liutenant Lomba





Old Jungle Sayings

  • "Nothing can keep The Phantom out."

Behind the Scenes

  • This story is the first to show Bengali's apartheid neighbour Rodia, which has become an integral part of Team Fantomen stories and even appeared in the daily and Sunday stories. Rodia had previously been mentioned only in the story "Return of the Irregulars".
  • The Rodian guerrilla is called The Rodian People's Army (Rodianska Folkarmén in Swedish). Although it has been mentioned in later stories that there are many guerrilla factions in Rodia, this was probably intended to be the same organisation as Rodian Liberation Army which is the most commonly used name.
  • Colonel Worubu is said to be in charge of the Jungle Patrol "when Colonel Weeks is working for the General Staff". This was probably a way to explain to Fantomen readers why Worubu and Weeks both appeared as Colonel of the Jungle Patrol, which was actually caused by reprints of older stories with Weeks as colonel being used side by side with newer stories with his successor Worubu.
  • Worubu has a mustache instead of his usual goatee, a look he only had temporarily in the daily strip story "Luaga's Undercover Tour" which had been published in Sweden the year before "The Dead River".


This story has been published in the following publications:

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