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The Scorpia

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The Scorpia
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Start date: December 23rd, 1957
End date: May 3rd, 1958
# of strips: 114 strips (19 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Wilson McCoy
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "The Crown Jewels of Corba"
Followed by: "The Two Signs"

"The Scorpia" is the 69th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Wilson McCoy.

Plot synopsis

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Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Miss Welch
  • Jimmy
  • Hobby Time host
  • Lil
  • Airfield mechanic
  • Gus
  • Miki
  • Miki's Grandfather (mentioned)




Old Jungle Sayings

  • "The Phantom strikes like a thunderbolt but moves softer than a stalking great cat."

Related stories

Remade as

Referenced in

Behind the scenes

Title panel.
  • The title "The Scorpia" appears in the first strip of the story.
  • Diana refers to the Phantom of 1612 as the First Phantom. As the year does not match years given in later stories, one interpretation could be that Diana misremembers which Phantom was active in 1612.
  • There is no connection between the name Scorpia and the animal scorpion, which often is the case in later stories featuring Scorpia.
  • The Phantom very clearly strikes a Scorpia henchman with his left hand, but still leaves a skull mark.
  • There are many similarities between this story and the Mandrake the Magician story "The Sign of 8" where Mandrake's girlfriend Narda goes back to school and studies a medieval gang called "8", and finds clues that they are still active in modern times.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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