A thief dressed up as a black ghost.
He first appeared in 1939's
Mickey Mouse Outwits
the Phantom Blot by Floyd Gottfredson.
At first he was just given blank eyeballs, but first got pupils in a 1949 story. (Some artists still draw him without them today.)
Roger Armstrong started drawing a mouth on the Blot, and other artists, including Paul Murry followed suit. It seems like they ignore that the Blot really is someone under a black coat.
In his debut story he was unmasked at the end of the story. In
later stories he has usually kept his disguise, even when in prison.
Sometimes he has been unmasked in Italian stories as well, for example
The Blot's Double Mystery.
The Big Fallin Mickey Mouse Adventures #7, and then soon after in
A Phantom Blot Bedtime Storyin #8. Apparently there was a plan to make her a regular character, but that never happened. She was called
Phantom Bratin the editorial page of issue 8.
[Facts from David Gerstein, Per Starbäck, and Jonathan Markoff.]
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