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Overview (3)

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (congestive heart failure)
Birth NameLeon Harrison Gross

Mini Bio (1)

Lee Falk was born on April 28, 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Leon Harrison Gross. He was a writer and actor, known for The Phantom (1996), Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom (1943). He was married to Elizabeth Moxley. He died on March 13, 1999 in New York City, New York, USA.

Spouse (1)

Elizabeth Moxley (1977 - 13 March 1999) ( his death)

Trade Mark (1)

Often used the names of his children in the comic strip

Trivia (11)

Wrote The Phantom newspaper comic strip, which he created, from 1936 until his death in 1999.
Is one of the most widely read comics-writers ever; having over a hundred million readers every single day in his prime with his comic strips The Phantom and Mandrake.
Is the only comic-creator to receive the Roman Lifetime Achievement Award, given to him by the Minister of Culture.
Was a world traveler, and often wrote his scripts for The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician in a hotel room, far away from his New York home.
He mainly wrote comic strips because of the high payment, because Falk's favorite kind of writing was for the theater. He ran 5 theaters, and directed and produced hundreds of plays, starring people like Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Chico Marx, Ethel Waters, Paul Newman, and Ezio Pinza.
Falk wrote two musicals; one called "Happy Dollar" and "Mandrake the Magician", based on his own newspaper strip with the same name.
Originally intended The Phantom to be a rich playboy who fought crime at night. Falk actually introduced the character of Jimmy Wells in 1936 in his first story, The Singh Brotherhood, with the intention of him being the Phantom's real identity. However, during the course of the story, Falk decided to move The Phantom to Africa, where he got the familiar identity of Kit Walker.
Considered calling The Phantom for The Gray Ghost at first, but he quickly found out that he preferred The Phantom instead.
Graduated from the University of Illinois and worked with the Office of Information during World War II, prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army. After the war, he enjoyed a successful career as a playwright and stage producer.
His character Mandrake The Magician is often considered the world's first comic book superhero.
His character Lohan from Mandrake is considered the first African-American main character in a comic book.

Personal Quotes (3)

"Each artist, out of his own interests and imagination, creates his own world in his strip - this is true of Peanuts, Beetle Bailey, Popeye, all good strips. And you accomplish this not by imitating others - you come up with your own idea. To me, The Phantom and Mandrake are very real - much more than the people walking around whom I don't see very much. You have to believe in your own characters.
(When asked about his age): "Just plain old."
My only politics is up with democracy and down with dictatorships.

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