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The Delta Pirates

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The Delta Pirates
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Start date: August 14th, 1977
End date: October 23rd, 1977
# of strips: 11 pages
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: KFS staff
Preceded by: "The Hunters"
Followed by: "The Wedding of the Phantom"

"The Delta Pirates" is the 103rd Phantom Sunday story. It was originally published in American newspapers from August 14th to October 23rd, 1977.

The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.

Plot Summary

In a harbour for freight ships, three sailors leave their ship to have a drink at the Blue Dragon. An elderly man is staying at the docks to guard the ships. From the nearby river delta comes four airboats, four men in each. The watchman is struck down and the men proceed to unload the most valuable cargo from the ships in the harbour. The watchman's torch sets fire to the pier, alerting the sailors at the Blue Dragon. The thieves drive off on their airboats. The Jungle Patrol's patrol boat is unable to follow the air boats into the delta. The captain of the Belle of Bangalla receive a cheque from the insurance company for the stolen goods. Colonel Worubu of the Jungle Patrol has sent out helicopters to search for the thieves but with no success.

Outside Morristown lies a harbour for luxury yachts. The thieves arrive there on their airboats to rob people on the boats. Colonel Worubu is on the phone with the Phantom when he receives a report of the ongoing robbery. The Phantom is near the harbour and go there on Hero. As the thieves leave again, they set fire to one of the yachts. As the last airboat leave the harbour, the Phantom jump on and take control of it. He follow the other airboats to the open sea, where they unload the stolen goods on the freigh ship Belle of Bangalla. A helicopter of the Jungle Patrol is searching for the thieves and the Phantom set fire to the airboat to alert the helicopter. The helicopter pilot discover the airboats around the freight ship and call for backup from the patrol boats. As the gang is arrested, the Phantom leave on one of the airboats.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Jocko
  • Unnamed captain of the Belle of Bengalla
  • Night Watchman
  • Sala, dancer at the Blue Dragon
  • Ed, JP
  • Mike, JP




This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • El Tiempo September 25, 1977 – December 4, 1977

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  • Vikan August 17, 1978 – October 26, 1978

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