The Sunday continuity has been The Current, 21st, Phantom, telling of encounters four previous Phantoms had. These all involved The Visitor, who looks like The Phantom, and seems to have knowledge and abilities only The Phantom should have. We’ve now seen stories from all the four previous Phantoms to encounter The Visitor. This implies we’re near the end of the backstory. But we haven’t got any hint what The Visitor “really” is, yet.
What we know seems hard to square with a rationalist, scientific explanation. But The Phantom universe is one that has non-rational, magical elements. Me, I would be satisfied if The Visitor remains a mystery, but I am fond of fictional universes with weird craggly unexplained bits. And I understand readers who dislike having a mystery presented and then unresolved.
This should catch you up on Tony DePaul and Jeff Weigel’s Sunday-continuity The Phantom for mid-August 2021. If you’re interested in the weekday storyline, with The Phantom maybe breaking Captain Savarna out of Gravelines Prison? Or if you’re interested in the Sunday stories and reading this after about November 2021? Then you’re likely to find a more useful post at this link.
The Phantom (Sundays).
16 May – 8 August 2021.
Since I took to reading this comic to do plot summaries I’ve gotten to see The Ghost Who Walks in many moods. The current Sunday story has had him in a giddy mood. It’s a fun change. He’s bubbling over with excitement at sharing a mystery with Bandar kids. Also at showing off his newly-renovated Hall of Costumes. But mostly it’s about the story.
In the time of the 3rd Phantom a strange figure — The Visitor — appeared to Bandar villagers. The Visitor looked indistinguishable from the Phantom. But he ignored them. He left footprints. The footprints vanished. That’s all anyone knows of it.
The Visitor next appeared in the time of the 6th Phantom. A girl of the Bandar tribe saw The Visitor enter Skull Cave and write in the Phantom Chronicles. And disappeared once cornered in the Chronicle Chamber, which I need hardly tell you has only the one exit. The Visitor’s message? A transcription from the Odes of Horace. The 6th Phantom had memorized the piece about the difference between courage and recklessness. It was an issue he always struggled with. It would prove a timely reminder to him before another big adventure.
The 12th Phantom was the first to see The Visitor. Briefly, in Skull Cave. Later, in some city, working his way through 2d6+6 henchmen, the 12th Phantom found … the place cleared. All the minor villains knocked out, and with the skull mark of the Phantom’s ring on their foreheads.
On to the 16th Phantom, who saw and talked with the Visitor. Who was as fast on the draw as the Phantom was. Who told the origin story of the Phantom legend, turned, and disappeared.
And those are the facts as we have them handed down to us.
Fanfiction! Fanfiction and Crunchyroll! No, I’m not trying out for Zippy the Pinhead: The Next Generation. I’m thinking of what’s happening in Terry Beatty’s Rex Morgan, M.D. so I can recap it next week, if all goes to plan. I know one of the Facebonk groups my love is on would like to have Rex Morgan, M.D. explained, except that they’ll have forgotten they cared about the strip by next Tuesday. Too bad.
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Kudos on your second graf.
The Chronicle Chamber guys Down Under have a bit more that might interest you. Watch from 1:01 through 1:07
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Thank you kindly. And thank you for the Chronicle Chamber link. I’m gratified to have some more information, as well as thoughts of other people about the comic strips.
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That The Phantom would do a ghost story seems kind of obvious
But this one, seems to be the first. Awesome!
I look forward to see where it goes. Current Phantom? Spooky
Future Phantoms? Mebbe a bit too Dickens
Alligator? Sorry, Loki got to that silly place first.
Thanks, and that embedding to the exact start point is killer!
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I’d be surprised if this were the absolute first ghost story for The Phantom. (Just a couple stories ago in the weekday strips The Phantom was haunted by the hallucination(?) of his father.) But there is a lot of backstory — 85 years in the US comics, plus a whole parallel universe in comic books — plus a serial, the movie in the 90s, and a couple of cartoons. I only know the thinnest sliver of it.
And it’s hard to search for ‘ghost’ on the Phantom Wikia. One of the cartoons is Phantom 2040, though, depicting the 24th Phantom and saying at least something about what happened to the 23rd. I don’t know what’s the farthest-future, or most alternate-universe, version of The Phantom that’s out there.
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