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The Thuggees

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The Thuggees
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Start date: August 22nd, 1949
End date: February 25th, 1950
# of strips: 162 daily strips &
26 sundays
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Wilson McCoy
Original colorist: KFS staff (sundays)
Preceded by: "The Flirtatious Princess"
Followed by: "The Ape Idol of the Durugu"

"The Thuggees" is the 36th Phantom daily story and the 24th Phantom Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Wilson McCoy.

Plot summary

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Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Kali
  • Prince Tydore of Tydia
  • Toto
  • Princess Tari of Tydia
  • Ambassador Boyar of Cirdan
  • The Chief of Llongo
  • The Chief of Osewey
  • Don





Behind the scenes

  • Starting in February 1949 the Phantom Sundays and the Phantom daily strips featured the same story. Unlike in the 1970's – where the stories "The Wedding of the Phantom", "The Three Bandits" and "The Heirs" ran both as dailies and Sundays – these adventures did not feature parallel stories but rather one story spanning over both weekdays and Sundays. However, since several newspapers only included either the Phantom dailies or the Phantom Sundays, the stories also had to be written in such way that the readers who didn't get both still were able to understand and appreciate the plot. As a result, the stories became quite repetitive when reading both Sundays and dailies, while the readers who only had access to either one of the two were left with some notable jumps in the storytelling. This practice was abandoned in May 1950, after four stories – "The Thuggees" being the third.
  • Diana's address is given as "Diana Palmer, Westford, USA".
  • The jungle chiefs know about The Phantom's mortality, and are worried about him not getting a son.
  • The Phantom tells the chiefs, and later Princess Tari, that he'll marry Diana. Later on Prince Tydore commands The Phantom to marry Tari.
  • Beginning with January 16th, 1950, the daily strip gets new lettering.
  • Ossewey was spelled as Osewey.

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This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • La Patrie August 22, 1949 – February 25, 1950 - both Sundays and dailies
  • Le Nouvelliste August 27, 1949 – February 18, 1950 - Sundays only
  • Le Soleil August 28, 1949 – February 19, 1950 - Sundays only
  • L'Action catholique October 18, 1949 – April 29, 1950 - dailies only

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  • Sunday Independent January 15, 1950 – July 2, 1950 - Sundays only, without the first week

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