The Drummer of Timpenni

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The Drummer of Timpenni
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Start date: December 16th, 1963
End date: March 21st, 1964
# of strips: 84 strips (14 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Mystery of
the Island of Dogs
Followed by: "The Reef"

"The Drummer of Timpenni" is the 87th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.

Plot synopsis

Years ago, infuriated by the drummers of Timpenni, the jungle folk carried out a massacre and killed them all. A drummer and his son however survived. Over the years he taught his son their art in preparation for revenge on the jungle folk. In the present day, the drummer comes out of his seclusion with the intent of revenge. He first uses his drumming to obtain a donkey and slave. He then takes over the Wambesi village. He commands them to attack the Llongo village and to loot, plunder and take slaves thus breaking the Phantom peace. The Phantom arrives to confront the drummer but too falls under his spell. He barely escapes with the help of Devil and Hero. The drummer then proclaims himself king of the jungle. The Bandar on hearing this set out to massacre the Wambesi village but are stopped by Phantom. He orders them to surround the village, while he goes in stealthily in the night. He captures the drummer and destroys his drum - the last drum from Timpenni.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • The Drummer's father
  • Todi
  • Todi's wife




Old Jungle Sayings

  • Don't count your chickens, etc.

Behind the scenes

Related stories

Referenced in


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Τα τύμπανα των τραμπ" (romanized as "Ta tympana ton trab"), Velos #74 and "?" #75 (1969)
  • "Το μαγικό τύμπανο" (romanized as "To magiko tympano"), Fantom #72 (1976)

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  • Tíminn September 12, 1964 – January 5, 1965

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  • "الشبح و طبلة الساحر الشرير" (romanized as "Alshabah wa Tabblat Alsaher Alsherier"), Samir (1964)

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