This is THE PHANTOM BLOT # 7 (Cover Date: November, 1966) released in August, 1966 by Gold Key Comics. Cover and interior art by Paul Murry.
Little did I know - or did ANYONE know - back in those "information-less" days, that this was to be the last ever issue of THE PHANTOM BLOT!
The Phantom Blot was a particular favorite character of mine since this 1964 issue of WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES...
...And remains so to to this day, where it's been a great honor for me to work with the character in modern comic books!
Culminating with WALT DISNEY SHOWCASE # 6 (Released August 15, 2018), the first issue of a regular comic book to be devoted (...or, at least "Cover-Billed") to the Phantom Blot SINCE that 1966 issue!
Therein, you'll find - and this is NOT a spoiler to the overall story - a gag, with dialogue wholly of my own invention, concerning the Blot's capture by the police.
Here is the gag presented in greater context... Rival villains The Phantom Blot and Peg Leg Pete with their respective henchmen, and Police Detective Casey with newly arrived super-cop Brick Boulder, have all been involved in various intrigues and misunderstandings in an art museum.
Much hilarity has ALREADY ensued, but continues with the arrival of Police Chief O' Hara and a squad of officers.
Now, how does all this tie in with my young reading days of 1966?
Glad you asked... And even if you didn't, I'm gonna tell you anyway!
In those original issues of THE PHANTOM BLOT comic book, the interior story would run for 32 PAGES uninterrupted by ads - that is, for the entirety of the book!
The BACK COVER was a "pin-up" that consisted of the COVER IMAGE, sans logo and any other descriptive text.
After reading THE PHANTOM BLOT # 7, way back in August of 1966, I conceived such a one-page Blot gag of my own!
Here it is, presented for the first time outside of my mind! Picture it drawn by Paul Murry, as these gags most often were...
PANEL ONE (FULL WIDTH OF 1st TIER): LOGO: "Walt Disney's The Phantom Blot".
BLOT is in a MUSEUM. Having just ripped a valuable PAINTING from its exhibit, he runs off to RIGHT.
Alas, there never was a PHANTOM BLOT # 8 published back in 1966! Though I looked for one for quite some time thereafter.
It wasn't until my first OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE in the early 1980s, that I realized that no PHANTOM BLOT # 8 ever existed!
However, WALT DISNEY SHOWCASE # 6, with its book-length story "Chief Casey's Longest Night", written in Italy by Tito Faraci, with art by Giorgio Cavazzano, and "translation and dialogue" by yours truly, is more than a worthy substitute for the long-awaited-but-never-realized PHANTOM BLOT # 8 of 1966!
So much so, that I will store an extra copy of WALT DISNEY SHOWCASE # 6 with my original 1960s run of THE PHANTOM BLOT... right where # 8 would have been!
I guess all things REALLY DO come to he, she, it, or they who wait... even if it takes 52 years!
For our pal "Spectrus", we present a full page of the Blot unmasked, as he appeared in this story. Please see Spectrus' request in our Comments Section! (Click to Enlarge!)