There has been three basic versions of the Phantom Stranger. He first appeared in 1952 in:

The Phantom Stranger

This was a short lived series and is expensive to buy. The Phantom Stranger in this series, was more of an occult detective, with no real powers, except for a knack of quickly disappearing, once the mystery was solved.Some of the stories were reprinted in the second series.

In 1969, DC resurrected the Stranger in Showcase #80 and then in his own series. The Phantom Stranger was now a mysterious wanderer that guided and assisted mortals and superheroes with mystic problems. He was a powerful mystic and councilor. This series lasted 41 issues. These issues and a couple other appearances from this time period are reprinted in:

Showcase Presents: Phantom Stranger Vol. 1 and

Showcase Presents: Phantom Stranger Vol. 2

After his second series was cancelled, he made many different guest appearances. He appeared in DC Comics Presents, Justice League of America and the Outsiders. He also had back-up stories in Swamp Thing and Action Comics. A must read during this time period was:

Secret Origins #10

Probably the best and one of the last appearances of this version of the Phantom Stranger was:

Phantom Stranger #42

After the New 52, the Stranger was changed so much, so you have to consider this Stranger to be another totally different version.

This Stranger's series start was collected in:

Phantom Stranger Vol. 1

The rest of this series has also been collected in TPB.


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