The Giant Bird of Gandor

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The Giant Bird of Gandor
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Start date: December 22nd, 1963
End date: June 28th, 1964
# of strips: 28 pages
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: KFS staff
Preceded by: "Old Baldy"
Followed by: "The Founding of
the Jungle Patrol

"The Giant Bird of Gandor" is the 63rd Phantom Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.

Plot synopsis

With the advent of modern times, the old cult of the Giant bird Gandor has become a subject of mockery. According to the old jungle legend, a huge and ferocious raptor bird, born in the crater of a volcano, wakes up when the volcano -located near the village of Opaki- came in eruption. Then the giant bird takes off to attack and carry away the whole village in its claws… Nowadays the high priest of the cult of Gandor is still hoping to restore the glory of ancient worshipping. With Squirt and Smiley, two adventurers who are looking for a rapid profit of money, the priest will make believe to the native people that the bird is ready to come back for destroying their homes unless a lot of gold is offered in hommage to Gandor. At nignt, and while the villagers have fled into the jungle, bulldozers are razing the village. So when the dawn comes, everybody believes that homes have been swept away by the giant bird. However some of the villagers call the help of the Ghost who walks… The Phantom will discover the real story behind and fight both the two adventurers and the high priest to oblige them to confess their conspiracy plot.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Smiley
  • Squirt





  • "Cowles", sidewheel steamer

Related stories

Referenced in

Related stories

Referenced in

Behind the scenes

  • Seven years earlier, the legend of the "Giant Bird of Gandor" was evoked in the first Sunday page of the story "The Rattle" (1956) with a panel drawn by Wilson McCoy which presented the huge bird of prey carry off an entire jungle village.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • La Patrie December 19, 1963 – June 25, 1964
  • Le Soleil December 21, 1963 – June 27, 1964

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  • "Γκαντορ" (romanized as "Nkantor"), Fantom #30 (1976)

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  • Vikan May 7, 1964 – November 12, 1964

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  • "De mythe van Gandor", Heintje #37 – #49 (1968)
  • "Fantoom tegen Gandor", Fantoom #1 (1982)

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  • "الشبح وعودة الأمان" (romanized as "Alshabah wa oudat alaman"), Samir #453#466 (1964-65)

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