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Old Jungle Sayings

The Phantom actively fosters the mystery and uncertainty around his existence and his abilities. This instils fear in his immediate opponent, spreads his legend, projects his presence to places he can’t be, and acts as a general deterrent.


Old Jungle Sayings are phrases or short sentences about that have emerged through the oral histories of Bengallan tribespeople over the past five centuries. They are unique to The Phantom and set this universe and character apart from any other comic book story. They can call to mind a myriad of Phantom elements, tropes, attributes and add to the mysteriousness surrounding him.

The three pillars of deterrence are: probability of detection, probability of consequence, and severity of punishment. The Old Jungle Sayings reinforce and grow the legend of The Phantom. They make him more effective because they bring hope to the oppressed and fear and uncertainty to the transgressor. 

These are must adds to Phantom stories. Phans love them and expect them in Phantom stories. The team believes at least one should be included in every story. They should reinforce the narrative that The Phantom is exceptional.

There are well over 100 different Old Jungle Sayings including subtle variations in phrasing and spelling. Below is a list of the most common and popular that have been used regularly around the world by different publishers. We recommend you stick to these ones and do not consider the development of new ones.

When the Phantom moves, lightning stands still.

The Phantom moves as silently as the jungle cat.




There are times when the Phantom leaves the jungle and walks the streets of the town like an ordinary man.

You never find the Phantom, he finds you.

The voice of the Phantom turns the blood to ice.

The Phantom is rough with roughnecks.

Never point a gun at the Phantom.

The Phantom has a thousand eyes and a thousand ears.

The Phantom has the strength of ten tigers.

He who looks upon the Phantom's face will die a horrible death.

When the Phantom asks, you answer.

It is terror for the evil man to awake in darkness and see The Phantom.


Jungle Cat - The Presidents Son (Daily 101).JPG
leaves the jungle.jpg
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rough on roughnecks (2).jpg
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Jungle Cat - The Rhodian Column (Daily 252).JPG
You Dont Find the Phantom - The Reunion (Daily 255).JPG
awake - The Rat Must Die (Sunday 186).JPG
awake - Return to Tarakimo (Daily 138).JPG
Asks - The Revenge of the Vultures (Frew 1888).JPG
Asks - The Grave Vandals (Frew 1710).JPG
Look Upon Face - The Toad Men (Daily 48).JPG
Look Upon Face - The Count of Bengali (Frew 1105).JPG
10 Tigers - The Chronicles of Old Man Mozz (Daily 259).JPG
10 Tigers - The King of Norway (Frew 1421).JPG
point gun - Then Comes Town Ellerbee (Daily 256).JPG
point gun - The Singh Web (Moonstone #2).JPG
Voice Turns to Ice - The Emporer's Gift (Frew 1516).JPG
Voice Turns to Ice - The White Slave Trade (Frew 1434).JPG
Voice Turns to Ice - Frisco Frenzy (Frew 1797).JPG
1000 eyes 1000 ears - Vigil at Phantom Head (Sunday 190).JPG
1000 eyes 1000 ears - The Return of Chatu (Daily 217).JPG
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