Frew #1443
by the photocopier
(this edition is the 1471st actually issued)

Release Date: 21 Apr 2006

  • Pages: 36
  • Price: $2.50 inc. GST
  • Cover: the photocopier

Fantomen Nr.8/2006
by Hans Lindahl

  • The London Underground Murders Pt.1 Cutbush
    • Script: David Bishop
    • Art: César Spadari
    • First published in Fantomen Nr.8/2006 by Egmont, Scandinavia. Original cover shown on the left, thanks to Ulf Granberg.

  • Message from the Publisher:
    In this issue, we commence a two-part adventure in which The Phantom goes back in time and travels to London to visit his half-brother Chris and his wife Anna. What starts out as a happy reunion is suddenly engulfed in horror as a murderer goes on a maniacal killing spree in the London underground rail system. To complicate everything, The Phantom is arrested on suspicion of being the murderer!
    However, if you think that further complicates a mystery, look for a strange flashback in which The Phantom tells Chris about the visit of Professor Moriarty to his jungle domain. Professor is the arch-fiend created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the longstanding enemy of Doyle's famous Sherlock Holmes character! As all fans of Sherlock Holmes know, Professor was long thought to have died after falling down a waterfall during a fight with the great detective. In this Phantom adventure, Professor Moriarty comes to the same end! We can only imagine that David Bishop, the writer of this Phantom story, was trying to inject some "atmosphere" to bolster the dark feel of London in the last century.
    The other complication in this story are the continual references to the underground murderer possibly being the infamous London killer, "Jack The Ripper". "Jack The Ripper" terrorised London in late 1888, committed a long series of dreadful murders - and then abruptly ceased. He (or she) was never caught. Scotland Yard detectives had their suspicions, but could never gather sufficient evidence to make an arrest. Famous American author Patricia Cornwall became so intrigued with the mystery she took a year off to live in London and carry out her own research. Her results were published in the best-selling Portrait of a Killer published in 2002.
    All will be revealed in our next issue! David Bishop has The Phantom and Chris solve the case of London's Underground Murderer. But could he have been Jack The Ripper? Jack The Ripper "disappeared" from the streets of London. Or did he? Get ready to play amateur detective. You can be the judge!

Jim Shepherd

Future issues planned as of 17th March 2006 (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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