A panel from The Phantom from March 22, 1980. I’m not sure what’s going on here. I never really got into daily newspaper comic strips preferring comic books instead. I would get a chuckle from the humor strips, but wasn’t interested enough to pursue the action stories. It always seemed to me that nothing really happened. It was tough propelling a story three panels at a time.
The Phantom was the original bearer of the skull logo which The Punisher seems to have adopted. I guess you can’t trademark a human skull.