During the ensuing fifteen years, the times, like the young prince and princess, were a-changing. Lloni the boy is sent off to a modern agricultural college on the coast, and Wamba the girl sits around eating and increasing in girth, as befits the daughter of a wealthy chief.
The trouble with this is that, while Wamba remains attuned to the old ways, Lloni has had more than one kind of education, hanging out at nightclubs, growing more worldly, and changing his appreciation of what constitutes an attractive female form.
Lloni literally runs a mile from Wamba, and his refusal to marry her is an insult to the Wambesi, threatening the peace between the jungle tribes.Now The Phantom is forced to become involved. His attitute towards arranged marriages seems to have softened considerably since the prince and princess were children, and that is because, unbeknown to the tribespeople, this is the son of the man who ordered the betrothal all those years ago.
Wamba, anxious to win Lloni's affections, is determined to become more like the nightclub singer he is infatuated with. To this end, she puts herself in The Phantom's hands and believes his legendary magic will alter her appearance for the better.
She is in for a shock, however. Under the strict supervision of Tagi the Llongo warrior, Wamba of the Wambesi is forced to change the hard way. There is no let-up and there is no escape. And, over time, she is transformed.
All are amazed by the new Wamba, not least of all Wamba herself. However, perhaps most impressed is the faithful Tagi the warrior, as he gazes admiringly at his handiwork.
WRITER: Lee Falk
ARTIST: Wilson McCoy