The Phantom's Engagement

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The Phantom's Engagement
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Start date: May 24th, 1943
End date: July 24th, 1943
# of strips: 54 (9 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Wilson McCoy
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "Bent Beak Broder"
Followed by: "High Seas Highjacker"

"The Phantom's Engagement" is the 18th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Wilson McCoy.

Plot synopsis

After helping to imprison the Bent Beak Mob the Phantom visits Diana who is recovering from an illness and cannot walk. Byron says farewell and leaves as the Phantom arrives.

Soon after, Prince Karna of Ismani renews the annual Ismani pledge of loyalty to the Phantom, to obey the Phantom's Law and the Phantom's Peace, and presents a skull to the Phantom in token of that pledge. In return, the Phantom renews his pledge to fight against piracy, greed and injustice in all of their many shapes.

Later, Uncle Dave helps the Phantom to build up the courage to propose to Diana after asking her if she would say yes to his proposal for marriage. When the Phantom eventually does ask Diana to marry him, she says yes. When the doctor visits he tells Diana that she is healed and the only reason she cannot walk is because she does not want to enough. Diana decides she cannot marry the Phantom and calls off the engagement, lying to the Phantom that she really loves Byron. When the Phantom leaves, Diana regrets her mistake and gets up, walking again, to find him. The Phantom tells Byron what Diana told him and leaves. Diana finds Byron and tells him that she lied because she thought she would never be able to walk again.

The Phantom sees Diana and Byron walking together.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Karna, Prince of the Ismani
  • Fanny, maid
  • Meadows, manservant
  • Unnamed Dooctor


  • USA
    • Fairfax County
  • Oolan Line (mentioned)
  • Bengali (mentioned)
    • Deep Woods (mentioned)
      • The Skull Throne (mentioned)



  • American Herald, newspaper


  • Skull, token of Ismani loyalty to the Phantom.

Memorable Quotes

  • The Phantom: I convinced Meadows that Prince Karna wouldn't eat him.
  • Diana: I hope you convinced Prince Karna.

  • Uncle Dave: If he asked you, would you marry him?
  • Diana: I know five languages, and I'd say "yes" in all of them.
  • The Phantom: Uh...
  • Diana: Yes?
  • Yes?
  • Uh..Enjoying your book?
  • Yes.
  • Nice day..Isn't -- it?
  • Yes.
  • Cool..and the same time.
  • Yes.
  • Are you..uh..comfortable?
  • Yes.
  • Diana..will you..?
  • Yes.
  • I mean..could you..?
  • Yes.
  • Will you marry me?
  • Yes!

Behind the scenes

  • Diana's mother is called Evie by her brother Dave.
  • The story shows Prince Karna of the Ismani tribe having come to USA to perform the annual pledge of their loyalty to the Phantom, to obey the Phantom law and Phantom peace. The ceremony is said to be centuries old. However, in the Sunday story The Ismani Cannibals (running at the same time in 1943) there is no mention of this pledge and the Ismanis are still cannibals, totally unaware of any such loyalty or pledge when they kidnap the Marshall sisters.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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