The Skull Ring
The Skull Ring is a ring that the Phantom always wears at his right hand on his middle finger. It has been used since the 1st Phantom. When the Phantom punches someone, a skull mark imprint is left where they were struck, typically on the face / chin / jaw.
There are two origin tales of the Skull RIng. The Team Fantomen origin is widely accepted as lore. We recommend using this story.
Lee Falk wrote that the Skull Ring was given to the first Phantom by jungle kings. The 1950/51 story "The Phantom's Ring" contains the one and only reference Falk made on the origin of the ring.
Team Fantomen's 1977 story "The Ring" is an explicit origin tale. It outlines that the Skull Ring was once worn by Roman emperor Nero and was given to the first Phantom by a Swiss scholar, Paracelsus, in 1541.
"The Ring" is a 1977 Team Fantomen story, written by Ulf Granberg, with art by Jaime Vallvé.
"The Phantom's Ring" is the 28th Phantom Sunday story. The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Wilson McCoy.
Examples of the Skull Ring
Examples of the Skull Ring Leaving Skull Marks
When The Phantom hits bad guys, a Skull Mark is left where they are struck, typically on the face / chin / jaw. The skull mark is left by indelible ink which is a Bandar concoction (example needed)
When The Phantom is Not on Mission
When the Phantom is not on mission, he wears the Skull Ring on the inside of his fingers so on the outside it looks like a simple wedding ring.
This has only been shown in one Lee Falk story, it is accepted lore to many phans. We would suggest it be used more.
This example is from the "The Masked Ball" written by Lee Falk and drawn by Sy Barry.