Lee FalkThe Phantom didn’t start out his comic strip career as that descendant of the first Phantom, a shipwrecked sailor who donned the purple union suit. Nope, the Phantom started out as Jimmy Webb, a rich playboy who became the Phantom. Within a short time Phantom creator Lee Falk had a brainstorm and dismissed that early incarnation of the Phantom as if it had never been, then re-made the former playboy into the cave-dwelling jungle hero. It worked. The Phantom has been one of the most consistently popular comic characters ever, well-known in many countries, even if not so much known nowadays in the country of his origin, the U.S.A.
This story, “The Terror of the Tiny People” is from Harvey Comic Hits #51, 1951. Diana, the Phantom’s squeeze, looks air-conditioned in her mini-sundress, much more so than the Phantom, wearing his usual uniform of purple sweatsuit with mask and hoodie.
I showed another story from this issue in Pappy's #1065.