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Phantom 2040
In the year 2040, environmental disasters and the economic Resource Wars of the early 21st century had decimated the fragile ecological balance of an Earth once teeming with life. Everywhere, the privileged and wealthy continued to thrive in expensive real estate that towered above the suffering masses. The victims of Earth’s misfortune had been forced to survive on scavenged refuse from the past on the mangled streets of forlorn city-states.

In Metropia, the largest and most powerful of the city-states, the powerful corporation Maximum Inc. had commandeered armies of robotic Biots to create a cold, steely urban center, consisting of huge, residential towers intertwined with TubeTrain tunnels. Maximum had plans to build Cyberville—an immense survival shelter where only the wealthiest and most elite humans would retreat to when Earth finally succumbed to its slowly deteriorating state.

The only hope for the survival of humanity was the Ghost Jungle—thousands of square miles of mutated vegetation that could be the planet's salvation. This secret source of life was submerged beneath Metropia where no one could find it, but fortunately, college student Kit Walker Jr. had been chosen by fate to save the world, donning the black mask and purple suit of his people’s savior, the 24th Phantom.

The Phantom’s origins began in the late 1500's when a merchant vessel was attacked by Singh pirates in the Bay of Bangalla. All crew and passengers were killed except for a boy who was rescued by the Bandar tribe, taught their secret ways, and who swore an oath on the skull of his father's killer to fight injustice wherever it might be found. Since this time, the role of the Phantom had been passed on from father to son, leading the world to believe that the Phantom was a single being. Kit, the 24th in the line, was young, unsure, and inexperienced, but he found within him the courage and might to battle the evil that threatened to destroy the Earth.

Phantom 2040 debuted in 1994 to rave reviews, though it survived only 33 episodes before it was relegated to weekend repeats in 1996. The show was intelligent and surprisingly educational, winning praise for its subtle, effective teaching of such values as individuality, freedom, and the volatility of humanity.

Phantom 2040
original airdates: 1994-1996 in syndication
episodes: 35 plus TV Movie
animated by: Minos S.A. France 3
distributed and owned by: Hearst Entertainment Inc.

Episode Guide

101. Generation Unto Generation 1
102. Generation Unto Generation 2
103. The Sum of the Parts
104. Fire and I.C.E.
105. Reflections of Glory
106. Shadows from the Past
107. The Good Mark
108. Ghost in the Machine
109. Dark Orbit 1
110. Dark Orbit 2
111. The Biot In Red
112. The Gauntlet
113. Three Into One
114. Life Lessons
115. The Magician
116. Swifter, Higher, Faster
117. Lasers in the Jungle
118. Down the Line
119. Control Group
120. A Boy and His Cat
201. Rite of Passage
202. The World is My Jungle
203. Sanctuary
204. The Ties That Bind
205. The Woman in the Moon
206. Matter Over Mind
207. The Sins Of The Fathers 1
208. The Sins Of The Fathers 2
209. Sacrifice 1
210. Sacrifice 2
211. Rogue
212. The Second Time Around
213. The Furies
214. Moments of Truth
215. The Whole Truth
199. Phantom 2040: The Ghost Who Walks (90-minute movie)

The Phantom & all related characters and indicia © 2003 King Features Syndicate, Inc.