During its peak period, many newspapers world over were publishing Phantom's adventures in form of daily and sunday strips. Many magazines were also happy to find a space for this mysterious masked man on their precious pages. While many newspapers and most magazines carried coloured prints for sunday strips, the daily strips were still published in only black and white.
Indrajal comics in India published many daily strips in coloured format, but still there remain many a daily strips which were never published in Indrajal ever. For this reason, these stories are still not known to Indian comic lovers.
I decided to colour one such daily strip from the McCoy-Falk combo. This is a real classic from 1956. It is D060 - The Wisdom of Solomon.
This story was never published in Indrajal Comics. But upon reading, I found it to be a fine story. A typical Falk tale which catches the reader quite early and keep the reader intrigued till very last. One can easily notice the characteristic Falk stamp put everywhere, on each panel.
Here is a glimpse of the story:
Once again there is a dispute between the two most powerful jungle tribes, Wambesi and Llongo. This time they are fighting over fishing rights in the river that flows dividing the two territories. It is a challenge for Phanotm to settle the matter peacefully between the two war hungry jungle clans, who are not ready to lose any opportunity to lock horns with each other.
Many a attempts go without proving successful. The Phantom credibility as peace settler is on trial as the whole jungle is keeping an eye on the matter. The stipulated time frame of lull before the storm is just about to be over when with a little luck and a simple word of advice from Guran, Phantom is finally able to find a resting solution just in the nick of time.
I found the story very interesting and enjoyable. Real classic indeed.
Download Phantom Daily Strip in Full Colour
note: hindi version, translated by me, is also available for download here.