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The Missing Daddy

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The Missing Daddy
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Start date: January 19th, 1970
End date: April 18th, 1970
# of strips: 78 strips (13 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Gladiator"
Followed by: "Luaga's Undercover Tour"

"The Missing Daddy" is the 108th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.

Plot synopsis

Contains origin story.

Jake was found guilty of stealing $3 million and spent 10 years in jail. Joy and her father Jake go on a trip to Bengali after he is released from jail to try to prove his innocence. Jake goes missing from the Grand Hotel while Joy is at the beach. Joy then asks the Phantom for help finding Jake.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Joy
  • Joe
  • Dr. Edward
  • Sam, thug
  • Pete, thug
  • Jake, Joy's father




  • The World Ledger, newspaper



  • $3 million

Phantom lore

Old Jungle Sayings

  • The Phantom has a thousand ears.
  • The cold voice of angry Phantom chills the tiger's blood.

Related stories

Referenced in

Behind the scenes

Title panel.
  • This story has often been reprinted with the title "The Runaway Girl". However, the actual title "The Missing Daddy" appears in the sixth daily strip of this story.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • Le Nouvelliste February 13, 1970 – May 19, 1970
  • L'Action March 23, 1970 – April 21, 1970 - the last four weeks only

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  • "Τα χαμενα εκατομμυρια" (romanized as "Ta chamena ekatommyria"), Fantom #53 (1976)

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  • Tíminn August 6, 1970 – November 4, 1970

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