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An Interview with The Phantom
Welcome back to The Tonight Show I'm your host Chung Lao.

The Phantom.  Also known as The Ghost Who Walks.  You know him from his new column here at IPF.  The hardcore fans know him from his long history dating back over 400 years.  It is our pleasure to present to you this interview with The Ghost Who Walks aka The Phantom.  Enjoy..

Posted on September 18, 2006

Chung Lao:  Phantom, this is an honor, how are you? 

Phantom:  Very well, thank you. 

Chung Lao:  Where does your nickname, The Ghost Who Walks, come from?

Phantom:  That monicker came from the locals, it was the name given to the 2nd Phantom as his appearance after the passing of the first Phantom, caused him to be named, The Ghost, which later became The Ghost Who Walks. 

Chung Lao:  Some would say that this interview is a waste of time as you're a fictional character.  What is your response to such comments? 

Phantom:  "Cogito, ergo sum."  I think, therefore I am. 

Chung Lao:  For those that don't know, what is the purpose of you're skull ring?

Phantom:  I wear The Skull Ring in honor of the first Phantom, who swore upon the skull of his father, who was killed by pirates, to fight injustice and piracy everywhere.  It is also a symbol of my quest to remind those opposing justice that there is a price to be paid.

Chung Lao:  What do you think of 

Phantom:  I have not gone through it entirely, however I have found adequate the sections I have seen. 

Chung Lao:  For those that aren’t aware, we recently added a section geared toward the exploits of the Phantom.  Sir, I must ask you the reason for your lack of updates. 

Phantom:  I do apologize to the IPF viewer-ship for that, these last few months have been extremely busy for me.  However, I will be submitting some new entries quite soon.  These entries should shed some light on my absence.  

Chung Lao:  You have traveled the globe to many a place, in all that time, do you have any insight into where Osama Bin Laden is? 

Phantom:  No comment. 

Chung Lao:  What did you think of BIlly Zane's portrayal of you in the 1996 movie? 

Phantom:  I found his portrayal to be humorous, yet lacking in a realistic sense.  Many Phantoms have been killed by senseless acts of violence, and I found that “edge” to be lacking in Zane’s performance and the script itself.  I was not contacted about the creation of the film, so take everything you see with a grain of salt.

Chung Lao:  Phantom, whenever I read your comics, I'm always puzzled as to where Bengalla is.  The Indian subcontinent?  Africa?   Where exactly is Bengalla? 

Phantom:  I cannot give you exact coordinates for obvious security concerns.  The location was left vague for that very reason. 

Chung Lao:  Another thing I've always wondered is, what's the reasoning behind your purple costume as opposed to a black or more camouflaged one?

Phantom:  I am glad you asked that question.  My costume is actually black.  When Lee Falk began chronicling my adventures (Phantom Comics), the first newspaper to print them printed my costume in purple.  After a while, it was decided to keep it this way for continuity's sake, and also for the film.

Chung Lao:  You’re sidekick Guran is extremely loyal to you, from where does this loyalty stem? 

Phantom:  Guran has been most loyal to me, and for that I am grateful.  My father, the 20th Phantom, rescued Guran from a lion attack many, many years ago, and from henceforth he has sworn an allegiance to be at my side.  I have found him to be indispensable.  Also, he can be quite forceful when he needs to be.


Chung Lao:  Name someone you admire and why? 

Phantom:  I admired my father, for teaching me the difference between right and wrong, and for allowing me to fulfill our ancestor's oath. 

Chung Lao:  If you could be any superhero from a comic book, who would you be? 

Phantom:  I have to admit to not reading comic books much, however, I find Batman to be particularly interesting.  Skull Cave, Bat Cave.  Guran, Alfred.  We both possess no superhuman powers, only our wits and training. 

Chung Lao:  While we're on the subject, Michael Keaton or Christian Bale? 


Phantom:  I don’t have time for many films, however, I have seen the entire Batman series, and I find Christian Bale’s performance to be much more realistic than that of Michael Keaton, although Keaton was far better than Kilmer or Clooney. 

Chung Lao:  One more, Christopher Reeve or Brandon Routh? 


Phantom:  I had to search this "Brandon Routh" name in order to get an answer for your question. It seems that he is playing the current incarnation of Superman. Brandon definitely has the look, but it will take some time for anyone to convince me he can fill the shoes of the great Christopher Reeve.

Chung Lao:  What is something you cannot stand in a person, and why? 

Phantom:  The failure to follow through on a promise. 

Chung Lao:  Alright.  Phantom, in all of my interviews, I give a scenario that the interviewee has to figure his/her way out of, so here goes:

Alright, you have just returned from an exhausting peace keeping mission, and have succeeded in preventing a tribal war.  As you manage to crawl into bed, you immediately fall asleep.

When you wake up the next morning you find that you are "not in Bengalla anymore."  You are in a home.  You get out of bed, and after a few minutes of perusing the house, come to know the following:

1.  You have a wife and 4 children.

2.  You live in Detroit, Michigan.

3.  The only trace of a character called The Phantom is that of a comic book, penciled by a now dead writer.  What do you do?  

Phantom:  Find a pen and a piece of paper.  "For those who came in late.....Over 400 years ago, the sole survivor of a pirate raid..." 

Chung Lao:  Lastly, leave us with a parting thought. 

Phantom:  Over the years, as I have filled the role of the Phantom, I have met many people. But they have all fallen into two categories: those who choose evil and those who choose good.  Doing good has come at great cost to my ancestors and may even require my life one day.

The point I want to make is this: live for something.  When it's over, it's over.  

Chung Lao:  Once again, thank you Phantom.  Next up on The Tonight Show is Jessy Joykutty.  Keep it locked in right here.


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