Frew #1409
by Joan Boix & Jim Shepherd
(this edition is the 1437th actually printed)

Release Date: 4 March 2005

  • Pages: 36
  • Price: $2.50 inc. GST
  • Cover: Joan Boix & Jim Shepherd
  • No Phantom Forum in this issue

Fantomen Nr.4/2005
by Hans Lindahl

  • Annihilate All Singh
    • Script: Claes Reimerthi
    • Art: Joan Boix
    • First published in Fantomen Nr.4/2005 by Egmont, Scandinavia. Original cover shown on the left, thanks to Ulf Granberg.

  • Message from the Publisher:
    In this issue we continue The Phantom's grim and highly mysterious battle with the Singh Pirates. Claes Reimerthi's script for this new adventure - Annihilate All Singh - is beautifully illustrated by Joan Boix. The story is, to say the least, a deadly chapter in Phantom history, containing as it does, scenes of Jungle Patrolmen being killed in action, something which has rarely, if ever, been depicted before!
    The question you must work out for yourself is whether everything you are about to read is actually happening, or merely an hallucination. The Phantom after all, has been badly wounded and is still carrying a bullet pressing on his nervous system! From this point, this most intriguing story series delves into even more intriguing scenarios.
    In our next issue, we will bring you an episode entitled Death At The Fun Park in which most of the action takes place in a Disneyland-styled jungle Fun Park which incorporates Singh Pirate themes. The artwork by Hans Lindahl is absolutely stunning and without giving away too much, I can tell you that The Phantom finally comes face to face with Dogai Singh! Or at least, the suffering Phantom believes that to be so!
    This Da Vinci Code type of mystery continues to grow more engrossing! Death At The Fun Park will go on sale on March 18 so it's not too long a wait to see how this amazing adventure nears what I can promise you is an unexpected climax. If you can already guess the ending of this series, you have a bright future in the wonderful world of comics! I must stress the word "nears"! There is plenty more action to come before writer Reimerthi reveals all. What we are all experiencing is one of the most complex adventures in the long history of The Ghost Who Walks. Already we have been shown some new angles to The Phantom's character. His inbred loathing of piracy and cruelty has never been more plainly illustrated. For all his sense offair play, The Phantom can be turned into a ferocious avenger when he sees or experiences wanton killing and destruction by evil-doers. We have seen on occasions, The Phantom beginning to seethe when he senses his wife and family are in danger. It is this side of his character which obviously has always existed, but which few writers, including Lee Falk the creator, only ever hinted as existing. In all the Lee Falk stories, The Phantom's deep feeling of vengeance was only ever really depicted in a handful of adventures. Two classic examples are The Phantom Goes to War and The Game of Alvar. In each story, there were plenty of reasons for his displays of hatred!
    Price Increase
    Commencing with this issue, the recommended retail price of standard (36-page) editions of The Phantom comic book has been increased to $2.50 (Inc GST) in Australia and New Zealand. The increase is the first in more than four years and is totally unavoidable. During that period, the costs of newsprint, pre-press production, printing and distribution have continued to escalate and Frew can no longer justify absorbing all of the financial burden. The good news is that we will retain our current retail prices for the 100 page editions and the Annual Special. The price increase means that enthusiasts who buy all 26 of our standard 36-page editions will pay only an additional $7.80 per year!

Jim Shepherd

Future issues planned as of 28 January 2005 (subject to change without notice):

Check the New@Egmont 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 February 2005