History ComicStrip / ThePhantom

18th Jun '16 9:34:28 AM Prfnoff
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By some counts the first costumed {{superhero}} in comics, the Phantom was created by Lee Falk in 1936 for King Features Syndicate and has been fighting evildoers on NewspaperComics Pages around the world ever since.

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By some counts the first costumed {{superhero}} in comics, the Phantom was created by Lee Falk in 1936 for King Features Syndicate Creator/KingFeaturesSyndicate and has been fighting evildoers on NewspaperComics Pages around the world ever since.
28th May '16 7:13:29 PM Tylda
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* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Literally every costume ball any Phantom has ever been on.
20th May '16 9:17:34 PM SilentStranger
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* TheAce: All Phantoms are this, being trained from birth both by their parents and by various tutors and trainers from around the world for their eventual role as the Phantom. Yes, even female children recive training. Just in case.



* TheDreaded: The criminals of Bangala are TERRIFIED of the Phantom, even if they've never encountered him is person. Hell, his reputation have reached all over the world, with criminals and pirates of all creeds often having second thoughts when they hear that he's around.
** An unusually poignant example is one story where the 16th Phantoms twin children are kidnapped alongside a group of natives, and one of the criminals notices that they're wearing pendants with the Phantoms Good Mark. He tells his boss, who was going to have the boy killed and the girl put in his harem, about how an unusually cruel slave auctioneer once released a slave just because she carried the Good Mark, and the boss decides that it'd be foolish to take any risks and just has them imprisoned instead.



** The 11th Phantom's wife Renata in the 18th century when she was kidnapped by Red Sea pirates, shipwrecked and sold into slavery in Yemen.

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** The 11th Phantom's wife Renata in the 18th century when she was kidnapped by Red Sea pirates, shipwrecked and sold into slavery in Yemen.Yemen, beliving her husband had drowned in the shipwreck. Nothing happens to her, as she is unknowingly pregnant, and her new owner balks at having been sold a pregnant slave and just has her locked up in a tower. By the time her husband finds her, she has given birth, and presents him with his son.
15th May '16 7:45:47 PM PaulA
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The Phantom has been adapted for film twice. A [[Film/ThePhantom1943 1943 film serial]] starred Tom Tyler as the Phantom and Ace the Wonder Dog as Devil. Better known (if not better regarded) is [[Film/ThePhantom the 1996 film]] starring Billy Zane as the Phantom, Creator/KristySwanson as Diana Palmer and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Sala.

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The Phantom has been adapted for film twice. A [[Film/ThePhantom1943 1943 film serial]] starred Tom Tyler as the Phantom and Ace the Wonder Dog as Devil. Better known (if not better regarded) is [[Film/ThePhantom [[Film/ThePhantom1996 the 1996 film]] starring Billy Zane as the Phantom, Creator/KristySwanson as Diana Palmer and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Sala.



* ''Film/ThePhantom'' (1996 film)

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* ''Film/ThePhantom'' ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}'' (1996 film)
10th May '16 5:57:42 PM WanderingBrowser
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* LowFantasy: Mostly, the Phantom's series is a fairly mundane setting. But, fantastical elements do creep in now and then. For example, recurring island of Eden houses, as mentioned above, an honest-to-goodness {{unicorn}}, a living stegosaurus, and a family of primeval humanoids. Magic has repeatedly shown up, as in the story of it being used to regenerate one Phantom's gouged-out eyes. Monsters and weird humanoids have appeared in some stories. There's even been a couple of encounters with aliens!
17th Feb '16 10:55:28 AM RichardX1
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->''"I swear to devote my life to the destruction of piracy, greed, and cruelty, in all their forms, and my sons and their sons, shall follow me."''
-->The Oath of the Skull
6th Feb '16 4:50:10 AM DaibhidC
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* CallForward: The 1994 Marvel comic featured the NextSaturdayAD 22nd Phantom, who had wrist bands containing a pocket computer and other gadgets. In other words, a more primitive version of Phantom 2040's "analytical".

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* CallForward: The 1994 Marvel comic featured the NextSaturdayAD NextSundayAD 22nd Phantom, who had wrist bands containing a pocket computer and other gadgets. In other words, a more primitive version of Phantom 2040's "analytical".
6th Feb '16 4:49:47 AM DaibhidC
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* CallForward: The 1994 Marvel comic featured the NextSaturdayAD 22nd Phantom, who had wrist bands containing a pocket computer and other gadgets. In other words, a more primitive version of Phantom 2040's "analytical".
28th Jan '16 1:54:32 PM VVK
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Except that, well, he can. And has, repeatedly. The current Phantom is the 21st of the line, continuing a tradition begun four centuries ago when his forefather washed up on a lonely African beach, the sole survivor of a pirate attack, and was nursed back to health by the sinister pygmies (who are actually quite nice once you get to know them). He is just a normal man (well, BadassNormal), with no supernatural powers (save his skull ring, which forever leaves its imprint on anyone he punches) - but, as Franchise/{{Batman}} also realized some years later, criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot, and they're much easier to beat if they're already afraid of you before you even arrive...

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Except that, well, he can. And has, repeatedly. The current Phantom is the 21st of the line, continuing a tradition begun four centuries ago when his forefather washed up on a lonely African beach, the sole survivor of a pirate attack, and was nursed back to health by the sinister pygmies (who are actually quite nice once you get to know them). He is just a normal man (well, BadassNormal), man, with no supernatural powers (save his skull ring, which forever leaves its imprint on anyone he punches) - -- but, as Franchise/{{Batman}} also realized some years later, criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot, and they're much easier to beat if they're already afraid of you before you even arrive...
2nd Jan '16 2:35:03 AM Hertzyscowicz
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* TheChewToy: The 4th Phantom is considered by his descendants to have been plagued by misfortune. He ended up losing the iconic Skull Ring to a conspiracy led by a Jesuit priest, and had to wear a replica for the rest of his life, with the ring eventually being regained by his son, lost the love of his life to the BlackPlague, and contracted the disease himself, narrowly surviving, but was left with horrific scars all over his face from the boils.

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* TheChewToy: The 4th Phantom is considered by his descendants to have been plagued by misfortune. He ended up losing the iconic Skull Ring to a conspiracy led by a Jesuit priest, and had to wear a replica for the rest of his life, with the ring eventually being regained by his son, lost the love of his life to the BlackPlague, Black Plague, and contracted the disease himself, narrowly surviving, but was left with horrific scars all over his face from the boils.boils.
* ClingyMacGuffin: A very mild example. The two rings of the Phantom tend to find their way to the Phantom's son regardless of where the Phantom dies. How much of this is mere good luck and how much spooky voodoo is not specified.
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