The Three Bandits (daily story)

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The Three Bandits
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Start date: February 6th, 1978
End date: April 15th, 1978
# of strips: 60 strips (10 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Sy Barry
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "Phantom Wedding"
Followed by: "Return to Tarakimo"

"The Three Bandits" is the 137th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry. It ran alongside a Sunday story with the same name and content.

Plot Summary

After their wedding, the Phantom and Diana spend their honeymoon in the Deep Woods, starting with the golden beach at Keela-Wee. Riding to Eden, they meet three bandits, on the run from Ossewan prison. They demand that the Phantom hand over his pistols, his horse and his wife. The Phantom give each of them a punch in the face and tie them to a tree. As they continue to Eden, the Phantom ask Llongo men nearby to escort the bandits. But one of the bandits has a knife to remove the ropes.

The Phantom and Diana spend time at Eden, playing with the animals. Diana has only a few days off and the Phantom follow her to the airport. Meanwhile, the three bandits have stolen a canoe and row downstream to Trader Joe's trading station to steal weapon and supplies. Trader Joe's wife point a gun at two of the bandits but the third disarm her. The bandits tie Joe and his wife up inside the shop and set fire to the building. They steal Joe's motorboat and continue downriver.

At they very last minute, the Phantom show up and recue the couple from the fire. Before leaving, the Phantom give Joe a valuable diamond in order to build up the trading post again. The bandits have continued downstream and run prince Tirana's houseboat, gently going downstream. Inside is the prince himself having dinner with the retired colonel Weeks of the Jungle Patrol. As the prince starts telling of a spectacular jungle wedding he recently attended, the three bandits go onboard and throw their weight around. The prince and the retired colonel is tied up.

As the prince's hosueboat goes under a rope bridge crossing the river, the Phantom jumps down and knock one of the bandits down. As the Phantom start to shoot, the other two leave the boat to run ashore. One of the bandits is stopped by Devil, the remaining one try to hide in a jungle village but is tricked by the Phantom. All three bandits are tied up, ready to be dispatched back to prison.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Mac, bandit
  • Mush, bandit
  • Dude, bandit
  • Trader Joe's wife



Old Jungle Sayings

  • The Phantom is rough with roughnecks.
  • There are times when the Phantom leaves the jungle and walks the streets of the town like an ordinary man.


  • Colonel Weeks first meeting with the Phantom in daylight.

Related stories



This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • Tíminn October 10, 1978 – December 19, 1978

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