The Secret City

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The Secret City
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Start date: August 7th, 2000
End date: November 11th, 2000
# of strips: 84 (14 weeks)
Writer: Tony DePaul
Artist: George Olesen &
Keith Williams
Original colorist: KFS staff
Preceded by: "The Strange Robber"
Followed by: "Valley of the Gorillaman"

"The Secret City" is the 200th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Tony DePaul and drawn by George Olesen and Keith Williams.

When this story was reprinted in Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish comic books, a different version was used where Kari Leppänen had inked over George Olesen's pencils.

Plot synopsis

A squad from The Jungle Patrol discovers at a distance a group of men dressed like Roman soldiers, with swords and leather armour. Colonel Worubu leave a report to the commander, The Phantom. The Phantom tells Guran about how The 5th Phantom found a hidden civilization in the jungle, a city populated by the survivors of Carthago, the city that was destroyed by the Romans in the year 146.

With the help of The Jungle Patrol, The Phantom manage to get inside the city and meet its leader, Chester Keating, a scientist who is held there against his will. He tells The Phantom that the Carthaginians are building a road through the jungle to the ocean to make an attack on Rome. The Phantom manage to get Keating out of there and the Carthaginians to abandon their plans of world domination. Guran uses Bandar Amnesia Powder to make sure Keating do not reveal the vulnerable Carthaginians to the world.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Chester Keating
  • Xinia
  • General Barak
  • Patrollman King






This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • Aftenposten October 10, 2001 – February 8, 2002 (first strip is from original date October 2, 2000, first strip from original version missing)
  • "Den gåtefulle byen", Fantomet 21/2003 (inked by Kari Leppänen)

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