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White Ghost’s Burden and Colonial Adventures

  • Robert AmanEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels book series (PSCGN)

Abstract

This chapter analyses the content of Lee Falk’s American scripts, zooming in on the values in terms of race and reductionist stereotyping running through the comic book. This historical contextualization and problematization of the American scripts is key, as the public critique directed towards them partly influenced the decision to produce in-house licensed stories in Stockholm. What this chapter demonstrates is that in Falk’s interpretation, the Phantom dynasty has for centuries shouldered the white man’s burden in Africa. It closes off by revealing the ways in which the Swedish bullpen edited Falk’s original storylines and dialog to emphasize the disastrous legacy of European imperialism.

Keywords

The Phantom Lee Falk Colonialism Jungle Comics Racism Imperialism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behavioural Sciences and LearningLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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