The Phantom:
A Publishing History in the U.S.A.

by Bob and John Griffin

Eat Right To Work and Win (1942)

(Swift and Co.)

Published during World War II by the Office of Defense Health and Welfare Services. This was a 16 page (8 1/2" x 5 1/2") give-away "contributed by Swift & Company to America's All-Out War Effort." In small print at the bottom of the front page it says: "Comic characters donated by King Features Syndicate." The purpose apparently was to acquaint the public with ways of preparing healthful, economical "victory meals."

The Phantom appears in two panels at the top of page 11; he is talking with Diana and there is a smoking frying pan in the background. In the first panel Diana says: "Fried mush and eggs--um-that smells good!" In the second panel the Phantom says: "Sure, Diana, The day always starts right, after a good breakfast of cereal, eggs, bacon, bread---"


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Last updated 5 December 1999