The Rat Must Die

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The Rat Must Die
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Start date: October 8th, 2017
End date: November 11th, 2018
# of strips: 58
Writer: Tony DePaul
Artist: Jeff Weigel
Original colorist: Jeff Weigel
Preceded by: "The Phantom
is Everywhere
Followed by: "The Little Detective
Who Disappeared

"The Rat Must Die" is the 186th Phantom Sunday story. The story was written by Tony DePaul and drawn by Jeff Weigel.

Plot Summary

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Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • The Rat

Real life characters






Old jungle sayings

  • "Phantom has a thousand eyes and a thousand ears."
  • "It is terror for an evil man to awake in darkness and see the Phantom."
  • "Phantom rough on rough-necks!"
  • "When the Phantom strikes, lightning stands still."

Behind the scenes

  • One of the Boomsby guards is reading a newspaper with "Prince Valiant".

Related stories

Refers to

Referenced in


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • Sunday Nation October 22, 2017 – November 11, 2018 (1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, 13th, 17th, 20-24th, 26-29th, 33rd, 40-41st, 43rd, 46th, 48th, 52nd, and 54th week missing)

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  • El Sol de Tampico September 16, 2018 – December 2, 2018 - the last twelve weeks only
  • "La Rata debe morir", El Informador May 19, 2019 – June 14, 2020

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