His cold voice causes shivering in the bones

That’s an old jungle saying.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I’ll try to be more regular. But here’s what’s going on with me in the comicbookworld.

I’m rediscovering, the legend of the Ghost Who Walks! And what a magnificent legend it is. He is the nemesis of pirates, evildoers and slavers across the world – the Ghost Who Walks, the Man Who Cannot Die, the Guardian of the Eastern Dark – Kit Walker a.k.a the Phantom.

He draws the pistol quicker than any gun in the west and he shoots to disarm. He was one of the first masked heroes in the world – before the Shadow or the Green Hornet or the Lone Ranger.

It’s been over 400 years that the Phantom has been around. The first Phantom washed up on the shore of Bengalla and was nursed back to health by the Bandar Pygmies who were slaves to Giants. His name was Christopher Walker.

For those who came in late:

On the skull of his father’s murderer, he swore an oath by firelight as the pygmies watched. “I swear to devote my life to the destruction of piracy, greed, cruelty and injustice, and my sons and their sons will follow me.”

And so the line continues, to the current day, 21st Phantom. His name is Kit Walker, who was raised in America and married Diana Palmer – started as a nurse and now a diplomat for the United Nations, a diver and well-trained (Black belt in Karate) athlete. They married in the year 1977, the year I was born. Cool, ain’t it?

The Phantom (created by the legendary Lee Falk) started as a daily strip, making his debut on February 17th 1936. He remains one of the few who is still published as a daily in 2010.

For those who believe:

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One Response to “His cold voice causes shivering in the bones”

  1. Rodney Hatch Says:

    I appreciate the fact that, rather than being Western culture-centric like so many other super heroes who support the agenda of the status quo, The Ghost Who Walks is firmly centred in the Third World as the Guardian of the Eastern Dark. And even though he is unarguably one tough guy he is not phallocentric. Is the Skull Cave archetypically symbolic of os órgãos sexuais femininos, or what?

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