Frew #1410
by Hans Lindahl & Jim Shepherd
(this edition is the 1438th actually printed)

Release Date: 18 March 2005

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

Fantomen Nr.5/2005
by Hans Lindahl

  • Death at the Fun Park
    • Script: Claes Reimerthi
    • Art: Hans Lindahl
    • First published in Fantomen Nr.5/2005 by Egmont, Scandinavia. Original cover shown on the left, thanks to Ulf Granberg.

  • Message from the Publisher:
    The Phantom continues his hunt for the Singh Pirates! In Death At The Fun Park, writer Claes Reimerthi and artist Hans Lindahl take you to one of the most exotic - and unusual - locations in the history of The Ghost Who Walks ... a Disneyland-style fun park in the middle of the jungle!
    Lindahl's artwork is amazing and it may well be that some of his work ranks as the best he has created in a long and illustrious career.
    Once again, best you remind yourself that this series of stories is based entirely on the thoughts and actions of a badly-wounded Phantom. The Phantom still has a bullet lodged in his neck and it is pressing on vital nerves. Imaginary or not, the stories linked to The Phantom's pursuit of those "responsible" for the "slaying" of his entire family are incredibly gripping.
    And it gets even better in the next episode as The Phantom searches for a "secret" leader of the Singh! He will catch up with, of all villains, the dreaded General Bababu, who was brought into five stories created by Lee Falk. Remember Bababu? He made his first appearance way back in 1962 in a - story called The Mysterious Ambassador (last Frew printing #1101) and is one of the few Falk villains to be returned to the action. He made a second appearance in the 1968 daily The Frame-Up (last Frew printing #1187) and a third appearance in the 1979-80 daily, The Return of General Bababu (last Frew printing #1094). Bababu, once a Dictator of Bangalla, became a despised enemy of both The Phantom and President Luaga and was finally exiled to an island somewhere in the Indian Ocean. That did not stop him being reinstated to the cast in the 1984-85 daily, The Presidents and at the end of that story, he made a dramatic escape by speedboat to mysterious Tarakimo, which apparently is (or was) on a common border with either Bangalla or Ivory-Lana. Even that wasn't the end of him! In the 1990-91 Sunday story, Return of the Thuggees he reappeared and we learned he had been in prison in a place called San Rotanna.
    Shortly, you will see him again, unchanged in appearance (interesting, remembering he's been a Phantom cast member for about 43 years!) and as evil as ever! Also appearing with Bababu, is the mysterious "secret leader" of the Singh Brotherhood, but writer Reimerthi goes to extremes to ensure his identity is not revealed.

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 15 March 2005