I have to start this post by thanking my dad for having got me and Susie develop comics reading habit very early in life. Before Tinkle, our most favorite books were The Phantom and Mandrake, the magician. While Mandrake's superhero powers included universally appealing magic, the Phantom relied on his body strength and intelligence to tackle the baddies ! That's why he was special. He didn't have super powers or fancy weapons. All he had was his masculine strength and the mysterious aura around him.
Now there are a number of reasons why the Phantom is my favorite fictional hero .Here are some -
1. He isn't immortal - Although jungle legends made him seem immortal, the Phantom was a human just like you and me. The present Kit Walker is the 21st in line of all the generations that dedicated their lives to the well-being of Denkali ( I read the Indian editions, so I aint gonna call it Bangala). Right from the first Christopher Walker who swore vengeance having lost his father to a pirate attack to the current Kit whose emergence was because of the Singh Brotherhood, all the Phantoms have managed to give the character an elusive advantage in the form of reality. He was a legacy hero: immortal in the sense of deeds he did to the Bandar tribe and beyond.
2. He pursued Diana Palmer like a real man
Diana Palmer is a sophisticated girl who comes from a wealthy family. Although they met when they were both kids, they fell in love in their 20s.Kit pursued Diana like any young man in love. I don't remember the number but in one of the issues the Phantom stealthily sneaks into Diana s room (her uncle and aunt's house) to meet her. For a hero with beaming masculinity, the Phantom was a romantic at heart. After Guran and his tribe, only Diana knows the secret of "the ghost who never dies".
3. Good mark ring on his left ring finger - For those who don't know, the Phantom wears two rings. One ring has a scull mark which when he punches the baddies, is imprinted on their skin. This seals the villain s reputation in the whole of Bangala and he is their enemy. The other ring has two crossed sabers which depicts whoever gets this seal is under the Phantom's protection and he/she ll always be under the-ghost-who-walk's umbrella! The endearing part of this whole story is that the Phantom wears good ring on his left hand, because it is closer to the heart! Bravo Phantom, Bravo!
4. He wears a Fedora -
Now hear is a guy that can rock a fedora like em secure-in-their-skin models!! That square face, strong jaw, the dark shades and his wry smile – just when you think everything is perfect, there he comes with his fedora to floor you completely! Go Phantom go! :)