The Connoisseurs

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The Connoisseurs
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Start date: September 1st, 2003
End date: December 27th, 2003
# of strips: 102 (17 weeks)
Writer: Claes Reimerthi
Artist: George Olesen &
Keith Williams
Original colorist: KFS staff
Preceded by: "The Hit Men"
Followed by: "The Viper God"

"The Connoisseurs" is the 209th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Claes Reimerthi and drawn by George Olesen and Keith Williams.

Plot Summary

Two poachers shoot a rhinoceros, within earshot of the Phantom. When he investigates, they say it was just a tranquilizer dart. He accompanies them to their camp, where other animals are in cages. They say the animals are sick or wounded and recovering here. He asks to see their license and they coldcock him from behind. They start to remove his mask but a native helper warns them that to do that would bring them a terrible death. They back down and put him in a cage. Trucks come and remove the animals.

Instead of killing the Phantom, they stake him out as tiger bait. When a tiger attacks, it breaks the wooden stake, freeing the Phantom. He wounds the tiger, which runs off. He hides in the grass, then captures the two poachers and returns to the camp and leaves them and their boss for the Jungle Patrol to pick up. He rides to the port of Spyglass and secretly boards the ship where the animals are being loaded. It goes to the island of Condor, a mountain prince. Condor offers rich guests a chance to kill exotic animals. The Phantom sneaks into the villa, is discovered, and decides to take Condor hostage, but is captured himself. Condor then offers his guests a manhunt. Some guests are shocked and leave, but 15 of them pony up $500,000 each to participate.

Condor gives him a one-hour head start and the Phantom runs. He still has his guns and knife, and makes some bamboo spears and some traps. When he gets the best of some hunters, they flee. Condor sets fire to the grass to try to flush out the Phantom. The wind shifts, and the flames head back toward Condor and his villa. A rhinoceros, fleeing the fire, attacks Condor but doesn't kill him. The Phantom takes him to Bangallan authorities for trial.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • N'Kolo
  • Pete
  • Ollie
  • Prince Condor



This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • El Informador December 7, 2004 – January 28, 2005 - the last seven weeks only

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