The Monkey Mail (story)

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The Monkey Mail
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Start date: April 4th, 1960
End date: August 6th, 1960
# of strips: 108 strips (18 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Wilson McCoy
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Reporter"
Followed by: "The Jungle Olympics"

"The Monkey Mail" is the 77th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Wilson McCoy.

Plot synopsis

Contains origin story.

The 21st Phantom and Diana are exchanging letters through the Deep Woods, which uses the Monkey Mail. At that time, diamond thieves are hiding in a village and store their loot in the mail monkey's pouch, which ends up delivering the diamonds to the Phantom. The thieves try to intercept the mail monkey but find a different one and the letter about Diana being on her way to Bengali. The thieves offer to trade Diana with the diamonds but end up handing themselves in to the Jungle Patrol.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Digger, hijacker
  • Slim, hijacker
  • Steve, guard
  • Nadi (Caretaker of the monkeys)
  • Fofo (mail monkey)
  • Bibi (mail monkey)
  • Patrolman Grant
  • Patrolman Clark




Phantom Lore

Old jungle sayings

  • Compared to the Phantom, lightning is slow.
  • The Phantom is many men.

Behind the scenes

  • In a panel about the relay runners it says "tried homing pigeons, but there were too many hawks".
  • The Phantom's skull ring is on his ring finger, not his index finger.

Related stories


Referenced in


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Το μεγαλο κολπο των διαμαντιων" (romanized as "To megalo kolpo ton diamantion"), Fantom #71 (1976)

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  • Tíminn August 20, 1960 – January 14, 1961

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  • "الشبح والجوهرة السوداء" (romanized as "Alshabah wa aljawhara alsawda'a"), Samir #267#285 (1961)

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  • "Дијана стиже у џунглу" ("romanized as "Dijana stiže u džunglu"), Politikin Zabavnik #999 (1971)