Frew #1412
by Hans Lindahl & Tessa
(this edition is the 1440th actually printed)

Release Date: 8 April 2005

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

Fantomen Nr.7/2005
by Hans Lindahl

  • In the Shadow of Death
    • Script: Claes Reimerthi
    • Art: Hans Lindahl
    • First published in Fantomen Nr.7/2005 by Egmont, Scandinavia. Original cover shown on the left, thanks to Ulf Granberg.

  • Message from the Publisher:
    In this edition we present In The Shadow Of Death - the next to last episode in our six-part series based on The Phantom's nightmares as he battles the effects of severe injuries. Do yourself a favour and do not peek at the climax! The story will hold you enthralled until the very last page, so try hard to resist temptation! Hans Lindahl has worked wonders with Claes Reimerthi's script and covers are by "Tessa" (Terry Welsby).
    In this story, The Ghost Who Walks is again guided by one of his forefathers and many elements of Phantom history are re-visited. You will go back to the first Phantom and his father and the attack by Singh Pirates from which emerged the Legend of The Phantom. For obvious reasons, author Reimerthi had to modify the original Lee Falk version of events, but most of the vital facts are retained. Keep reminding yourself that the 21st Phantom is imagining much of what you have read so far. As you are about to discover, his "attempts" to save the life of the father of the first Phantom would have changed (Lee Falk) history had he succeeded! You will also peek into the future as The Phantom imagines what could happen if the Singh Brotherhood commences a world-wide takeover of government and ultimately, the world economy. Take your time with this adventure. If you are in too much of a rush to get to the final page you may miss some fascinating revelations about Phantom tradition!
    There is a follow-up to this story, but it is not quite what you may imagine. In Frew #1414, which goes on sale on 6 May, we will bring you a story entitled The Mysterious Wreck, written by newcomer Magnus Seter and illustrated by Felmang. I'll tell you more about that story (suffice to say it is based around a World War Two German U-Boat) in our next issue.
    The next issue (Frew #1413) will be a 100-page special scheduled to reach the newsstands on 22 April. It will feature four stories, headed by a Scandinavian saga called The Mysterious Inheritance published in Australia for the first time. Author of the story is again Claes Reimerthi under his old pen name, "Michael Tierres" and the superb art is by Hans Lindahl. It was originally published in 1979 [Comment from Guran: It was 1989 actually!], and is one of many old Semic/Egmont Phantom adventures which Frew now has on file and will include in our 2005 and 2006 schedule. Backing this mini-epic will be the new American Sunday adventure, The Iron Python with art by Graham Nolan and script by Tony De Paul and two classic Lee Falk-Sy Barry stories, The Swamp Dragon and The Hunters. The latter two stories originally appeared in 1976-77 and have not been published by Frew for five years. In all previous printings, both stories were subjected to some editing and adaptations to the art, but we will bring them back in their original entirety, reproduced from pristine masters. The Hunters immediately followed The Swamp Dragon in the Sunday newspaper story chronology and as you will discover, they are quite closely linked. The Hunters in particular is fascinating. Lee Falk was no lover of blood "sports" and went out on a limb in this story with his anti-hunting feelings. What he has to say would never have endeared him to America's National Rifle Association and all Americans who still cling to the "right to bear arms" philosophy, which is literally etched in stone in the American Constitution!

Jim Shepherd

Future issues planned as of 1 April 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 2 April 2005