The Masked Ball

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The Masked Ball
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Start date: February 10th, 1969
End date: March 22nd, 1969
# of strips: 36 strips (6 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Art Thieves"
Followed by: "The Jungle Home"

"The Masked Ball" is the 104th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.

Plot synopsis

The Phantom , Diana , Dave and Lily attend a masked charity ball in New York. A newly released crook Dan (who was captured by the Phantom) is at the ball dressed as a pirate. 5 minutes before midnight he tries to rob the peopel at the ball. His beard however slips off, Phantom notices the skull mark and then defeats the villains.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Dan


Behind the scenes

  • The villain Dan was drawn to look like Sy Barry's brother Dan Barry, who was the artist of the "Flash Gordon" newspaper strip.
  • The Phantom's previous encounter with Dan was in April 1964.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Ληστεια στο χορο των μεταμφιεσμενων!" (romanized as "Listeia sto choro ton metamfiesmenon!"), Fantom #51 (1976)

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  • Tíminn July 31, 1969 – September 18, 1969

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