The Normal Life

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The Normal Life
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Start date: August 26th, 1974
End date: December 28th, 1974
# of strips: 108 (18 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Curse of the
Sacred Image
Followed by: "The Cavelands"

"The Normal Life" is the 125th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.

Plot Summary

The Phantom begins to wonder whether Diana perhaps would prefer to be wedded to him if he was "normal". The Phantom starts thinking of doing normal stuff instead of fighting crimes.

Finally, he decides to give the normal life a chance. He goes into the city and tries to live a normal life. Soon he becomes aware of a lot problems with the "normal life"; people tries to rob him, people complain when he works in a high pace, a huge portion of his payings goes to bureaucratic fees, and so on. At one point he saves some people from a burning house and at another he intervene in a bank robbery, both times he is considered a hero. Finally, he has get enough of the city and the "normal life" and he goes back into the jungle.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Big Pete
  • Al
  • Beanie
  • Jack




Old Jungle Sayings

  • There are times when the Phantom leaves the jungle and he enters the town as an ordinary man.
  • Phantom is rough on roughnecks.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • Tíminn May 21, 1975 – September 30, 1975

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