A very enduring character, the Phantom
appeared in the late 1940s, and endures to the present day. he has appeared
in newspapers, comic books, novels, television and film, and still enjoys great
popularity, with separate publications continuing in the U.S., Scandinavia,
Finland, Australia and India, According to Wikipedia:
Phantom Comics #5 /Jan.1940
Cover Art by Lee Falk
"A signature of the character is his two rings. One has a pattern formed like four crossing sabres, "The Good Mark", that he leaves on visitors whom he befriends, placing the person under his protection. The other, "The Evil Mark" or "Skull Mark" has a skull shape, which leaves a scar of the corresponding shape on the enemies he punches with it. He wears the Good mark on his left hand because it is closer to the heart, and the Evil Mark on his right hand"