Frew #1380
by Antonio Lemos
(this edition is the 1408th actually printed)

Release Date: 2 April 2004

  • Pages: 36
  • Price: $2.20 inc. GST
  • Cover: Antonio Lemos
  • No Phantom Forum in this issue

Fantomen Nr.8/2004
by Paul Ryan & Tom Smith

  • Dogai Singh's Treasure
    • Script: Claes Reimerthi
    • Art: Paul Ryan
    • First published in Fantomen Nr.8/2004 by Egmont, Scandinavia (7 Apr 2004). Original cover shown on the left, thanks to Brian Jensen.

  • Message from the Publisher:
    Another new story in this edition! Dogai Singh's Treasure continues the long saga of The Phantom's never-ending pursuit of the Singh Brotherhood and in this adventure, author Claes Reimerthi has injected a completely new angle. Artist Paul Ryan has come up with one of his best illustrative efforts and it is clear that Paul enjoyed the assignment!
    The glamorous Sandal Singh, daughter of a former Singh Brotherhood leader is too strong a character to disappear. As The Phantom predicts in the final frame, she is certain to return in the not too distant future. For Those Who Just Came In, it will be worth looking for a copy of Frew #1369, #1370 and #1371 (The Secret of the Skulls) which were published last year. In that engrossing three-part adventure, you will learn how, when and where, Khermet killed Dogai Singh and took over as new leader of the Brotherhood. Claes Reimerthi was the author of the three episodes which all ranked so highly in Frew's 2003 popularity poll. While there was no pointer to the eventual emergence of Sandal, Reimerthi doubtless had a follow-up story - or three or more - in mind. I look forward to meeting Sandal and her bodyguard again, because despite their evil behaviour (or perhaps because of it!) both are going to be major characters in future stories! Obviously, The Phantom will one day have a physical confrontation with Belim the bodyguard and that will be a battle worth waiting for! It's been a long time since we have seen a heavyweight roughneck as huge and as merciless as Belim and it will be fascinating to see how the selected artist handles the hand-to-hand battle which is certain to eventuate!
    Covers for this issue are from Antonio Lemos and Antonio will again be creating the wrap-arounds for our next edition. That will feature the adventure, The Deadly Masquerade. This is another new story written by David Bishop and illustrated by the always inventive Kari Leppänen. The Deadly Masquerade will be on sale in Australia on 16 April. It is a story set in modern times and takes place in a creepy mansion in the state of New York, USA. If you like Agatha Christie-type murder mysteries, you will love this adventure! There are elements of the story akin to parts of the old Lee Falk-Ray Moore 1939-40 classic, The Golden Circle and the more recent Falk-Sy Barry masterpiece, The Masked Ball, which appeared in 1969. What you will enjoy most however, is trying to solve the built-in murder mystery, which slowly unravels throughout the adventure. The Phantom and Diana are teamed in this new offering and Leppänen works miracles to build in just the right amount of creepiness within the grim walls of the mansion, which is better described as a chamber of horrors! The advertisement in this issue for The Deadly Masquerade will give you a taste of what is to come!
    We have a big schedule of new stories to follow throughout 2004 and these will be interspersed with lots of old Lee Falk classics which will be featured in a select number of 100 page specials.

Jim Shepherd

Coming Soon:

Future issues planned as of 26 March 2004 (subject to change without notice):

Check the New@Egmont, Frew Reprint Schedule, and The Missing Semic Stories pages for details of other upcoming stories.

My thanks to the staff of Frew Publications for providing this information.

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Last updated 27 March 2004