Updated on 16 October, 2021
Phantom is an imaginary costumed crime-fighting character who works from the fictitious country of Bangalla in the fictional comic book series of the same name. The Phantom is created by Lee Falk for the comic book series called The Phantom, that debuted in newspapers late February 1937. He is a silent protagonist and is never heard speaking, except in his dialogue with the other Phantom, whom he often duel with. In modern-day continuity, the Phantom is an illusionist who uses borrowed identities to foil villains.
Throughout most of the history of comic books, the Phantom has been an ally to Batman. He has appeared in a number of different types of comics, ranging from magazine articles to newspaper strips to the TV show Smallville. Throughout time, the Phantom has developed various relationships with other DC comic book characters including the villains The Joker and Two Face. Some of these relationships include assisting the heroes in defeating villains, such as The Joker.
The Phantom's love interest throughout the years has been the lady called "Phantonia", who he always appears at the end of the Batman stories. Her appearance has varied over time, sometimes in human form and other times in a fairy-like Phantom costume. In recent years, the popularity of the Phantom has seemed to be fading away as DC comic book readers have shown a greater preference for Batman and his Batman villains. However, in the last year or so, the Phantom has made a rare appearance in a Justice League comic book.
Many Phantom comics are based on the adventures of the late detective, Dick Tracy. As a child, Tracey built his own super spy gadget known as the " Phantom Camera" and used it to steal the plans for a time-travel device from a museum. He also created his own fairy godmother, "Phantonia", in order to help him on his adventures. As an adult, he worked with the Secret Service, but was fired from this job when it was discovered that he had been secretly sabotaging their operations.
One of the most popular Phantom Characters is the magic-wearing, clown named "Bill Lignante". His most well known comic book role is playing the sarcastic, wise-cracking circus performer known as the Ringmaster in the hit animated film, Shrek. Many of the comic book villains are based on the original Ringmaster character, including The Phantom and his henchman Wicket. Other versions of the character have been developed over the years, including a television series and a live action film series starring Russell Crowder as the ringmaster.
Another major Phantom Character is Palmer. A wealthy socialite, Palmer is the owner of the Phantom nightclub where crime boss, Dr. Darkken works, as well as the personal physician to Bruce Wayne. Palmer serves as Bruce Wayne's love interest throughout most of the comics, but his relationship with the girl who turns out to be his daughter, Rachel Dawes, is the central focus of the series. The two begin a relationship that blossoms only to have it come crashing to earth when Rachel discovers her parents were killed during an attempted mugging. The two end up saving Rachel and becoming best friends, but their friendship is put on the back burner a few issues later when Rachel is captured by the villain, Doctor Darkken, who plans to use her as a test on Wayne's son, James Wayne.
The Phantom's most well known supporting cast is his army of criminals known as the Sinners. The Sinners includeipper, Gollop, Jokes, Parcells, and many other members who are sent to assist the club boss on various missions. The Sinners' leader, Captain Kittens, is depicted as a bald eagle with a red nose. He is one of the first comic book villains to use a skull ring, much like Batman's bat symbol, but has a skull ring that resembles a gold and black eye patch that sticks out like a sore thumb.
So here is my take on the creation of this popular comic strip and what makes it so entertaining. In a time where everyone is so wrapped up in watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the X-Men, it is nice to have a comic strip that can be enjoyed by all age groups. It isn't just action and adventure for adults, Phantom Comics is funny for everyone. I hope you've enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it.