Generational references abound in this story of forefathers versus forefathers and present day repeat battles with pirates off the Bengali coast. The Phantom looks to his forefather’s Chronicles for tips on how to defeat Juan Negro, descendant of the pirate Black John. Juan seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder ,and proves a pretty capable opponent.
However pirates being pirates the troops prove a handful for Juan when The Phantom plays the “myth” card! Sword and axe fights, sandy tombs, drunken sailors and awe struck Jungle Patrolmen—this story has it all. By all accounts Black John had ingenious ways of getting rid of his enemies and The Phantom gets to test one of the classics!
This story is by Donne Avenell (writing Phantom stories from 1977 to 1996 for Semic in Sweden, sadly passed away in 1996) and Art by Kari Leppanen (Finnish comic strip artist who has worked on the Phantom comic since 1979).
Originally printed in Fantomen 22/1980. This story has also be been previously printed in The Phantom #891A.