History ComicStrip / ThePhantom

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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Costumed Nonsuper Hero uses him as an example of someone who's not a Badass Normal. I wrote that, but still.
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.
12th Oct '15 12:32:38 PM VVK
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* AsYouKnow: ** Whenever a Phantom meets a group of people that had a history with a former Phantom, they [[{{Exposition}} will helpfully inform him of what happened the last time "he" was there]], even though they think he is the same guy. ** The origin of the Phantom is repeated in nearly every story.
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* AsYouKnow: ** AsYouKnow: Whenever a Phantom meets a group of people that had a history with a former Phantom, they [[{{Exposition}} will helpfully inform him of what happened the last time "he" was there]], even though they think he is the same guy. ** The origin of the Phantom is repeated in nearly every story.guy.
6th Oct '15 10:12:11 AM JamesAustin
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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, Kristy Swanson 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 the 1996 film]] starring Billy Zane as the Phantom, Kristy Swanson Creator/KristySwanson as Diana Palmer and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Sala.
23rd Sep '15 2:54:40 PM Farnham
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* DefeatMeansFriendship: The Phantom who founded the Jungle Patrol singlehandedly defeated the legendary pirate Redbeard and his three lieutenants in single combat. Upon defeat, they swore allegiance to him, and became the Patrols first commanders.
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* DefeatMeansFriendship: The Phantom who founded the Jungle Patrol singlehandedly defeated the legendary pirate Redbeard and his three lieutenants in single combat. Upon defeat, they swore allegiance to him, and became the Patrols Patrol's first commanders.

* EyeScream: One historical Phantom had his eyes poked out with hot irons while in captivity of a high ranking Singh pirate. He would later have them returned to him through magical means.
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* EyeScream: One historical Phantom had his eyes poked out with hot irons while in captivity of being held captive by the beautiful but sadistic Lala Singh, a high ranking female Singh pirate. He would later have them returned to him through magical means.
23rd Sep '15 2:48:02 PM Farnham
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The Scandinavia-made adventures in the 1970s had frequent anti-colonialist plot-lines, in which the Phantom took on the regime of for instance a badly caricatured Rhodesia (the "Republic of Rhodia," which has since become a more conventional PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny) and where real-life characters, such as bishop Abel Muzorewa, appeared in equally thin disguises. That reflected the widespread anti-apartheid sentiments in those countries. In the most recent issues of ''Fantomen'' in 2013 Rhodia's apartheid regime was finally overthrown by the black RLA (Rhodian Liberation Army), with their leader and longtime political prisoner Nelson N'Dela (a thinly disguised Nelson Mandela) becoming the country's new democratic president.
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The Scandinavia-made adventures in the 1970s had frequent anti-colonialist plot-lines, in which the Phantom took on the regime of for instance a badly caricatured Rhodesia (the "Republic of Rhodia," which has since become a more conventional PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny) and where real-life characters, such as bishop Abel Muzorewa, appeared in equally thin disguises. That reflected the widespread anti-apartheid sentiments in those countries. In the most recent 2013 issues of ''Fantomen'' in 2013 Rhodia's apartheid regime was finally overthrown by the black RLA (Rhodian Liberation Army), with their leader and longtime political prisoner Nelson N'Dela (a thinly disguised Nelson Mandela) becoming the country's new democratic president.
18th Aug '15 12:07:10 PM moloch
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By some counts the first costumed {{superhero}} in comics, the Phantom was created by Lee Falk in 1936 for Creator/KingFeaturesSyndicate 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 Creator/KingFeaturesSyndicate King Features Syndicate and has been fighting evildoers on NewspaperComics Pages around the world ever since.
28th Jun '15 4:19:15 AM SilentStranger
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* ShaggyDogStory: The life of King Djonkar, a close friend of one of the historical Phantoms, is best summed up this way. He was a much-loved king who ruled over an area of Bengala sometime in the 17th century, and first met the Phantom when he helped save his bride from pirates. Then his wife died in childbirth, with the child being stillborn. Djonkar never remarries, and is eventually assassinated by a high-ranking Singh pirate who is looking to conquer the kingdom. He lives long enough to see the Phantom defeat the pirates and save the kingdom, and wills the kingdom to his friend (actually his son) before dying, and the Phantom relinquishes the crown to the people who form a democratic council instead. Then a few years later, a massive drought sets in, causing the people to leave and the kingdom to cease to exist. The End.
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