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The Fence

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The Fence
Start date: February 15th, 1971
End date: May 8th, 1971
# of strips: 72 strips (12 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "Yes"
Followed by: "The Mysterious Passenger"

"The Fence" is the 112th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.

Plot synopsis

The Phantom is sitting in the radio control room, listening to the radio news. All over the world, famous people have disappeared in various accidents. He shuts off the radio and ask Rex if he wants to go to Keela-Wee. They go there with Kateena and Joomba. On the shore Rex finds a bottle with a note in inside. The note is from two men who claim that they are held as prisoners on an island shaped like a ring, signed by Vargo, a famous nuclear scientist, and Giusepp, a famous violin player.

The Phantom knows that both Vargo and Giusepp have recently been reported as dead and decides to investigate. The fishermen of the Mori take him in a canoe to a ring shaped island off the coast. As the Phantom is about to swim ashore, the ghostly images of evil spirits can be seen, accompanied by a frightening moan. After going ashore he discovers that the sound and images come from a film projector.

Continuing on foot, the Phantom discovers a cave complex with cells holding two prisoners, Vargo and Giusepp. The Phantom is forced to let go of his pistols and is interrogated by an elderly gentlemen who is in charge. He calls himself The Fence and explain that he kidnaps famous skilled people and sells them. The Phantom forces himself out of the interrogation room, forces The Fence to surrender and to order the guards to release the prisoners. They then use The Fence's airplane to leave the island and the crooks are handed over to the Jungle Patrol.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • The Fence
  • Vargo, nuclear scientist
  • Giusepp, violinist
  • Antone, architect
  • Javagga, heart surgeon




Old Jungle Sayings

  • The steel fists of the Phantom can break men like straws of grass.

Behind the scenes

  • At least seven people are seen heading for The Fence's small one- or two-seater airplane to leave the island. (However, it is not shown that they all leave at once, nor that this is the only plane on the island.)


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Στο νησι του διαβολου" (romanized as "Sto nisi tou diavolou"), Fantom #55 (1976)

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  • Tíminn September 1, 1971 – November 21, 1971

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