Frew #1456
by the photocopier
(this edition is the 1484th actually issued)

Release Date: 15 September 2006

  • Pages: 36
  • Price: $2.50 inc. GST
  • Cover: the photocopier
  • No Phantom Forum in this issue

Fantomen Nr.20/2006
by Felmang & Rudy Walk

  • Circe's Island Pt.2: The Destruction
    • Script: David Bishop
    • Art: Felmang
    • First published in Fantomen Nr.20/2006 by Egmont, Scandinavia. Original cover shown on the left, thanks to Ulf Granberg.

  • Message from the Publisher:
    The mystery of Circe's Island is finally solved in this edition! However, as you about to discover, the adventure leaves at least one loose end which may return to haunt The Phantom. The strange happenings on the island appear to be the result of hallucinatory drugs, hypnotism and illusion, but could it be that some of the giant female guards are real? I do not think we have heard the last of some of these strange characters. Money extracted from hoodwinked men and women hoping for a return to their youth goes missing and the strangely odd police chief is still under something of a cloud.
    You would fondly hope The Phantom has a softer adventure coming up after his battles on Circe's Island. But no! In our next issue (Frew #1457, on sale 22 September), we rejoin that ultra-mysterious character Phoenix, who was last seen in Frew #1452 - King of Beggars. Phoenix, to refresh your memory, is convinced he is as old as The Phantom legend itself and keeps ducking in an out of time zones. In our next Phoenix adventure, a story called The Lost Library, we again go back in time. The intriguing script is from Claes Reimerthi and Americans Alex Saviuk (pencils) and Dick Giordano (inks) have collaborated on the art. Now there's a line-up of talent for you! The setting is in Russia, a part of the world rarely visited by any of the 21 Phantoms. The Phantom has battled criminals and roughnecks across Europe and in and around Scandinavia for decades, but yesterday's Russia is almost new territory for him! We will all have to wait to discover whether this story will be the final exit for Phoenix who can only be described as one of the strangest villains ever to feature in a Phantom adventure.
    The thought arises, by the way, that The Phantom in stories created by Lee Falk and other writers must be the most widely travelled major character in the history of comics. Lee placed him all over the United States and in such widely separated places as England, France and the African continent. Writers for the Semic and Egmont companies have created stories which have seen him visit almost every country on the globe from Japan to China, the Arctic and Antarctic, South America, Egypt, and even Australia. Not to mention virtually every nook and cranny across Europe, Scandinavia and throughout the Mediterranean. Over the years, The Phantom must have used up more passports and applied for more visas than any of the better known globetrotters of big business. All of which, of course has made for ever more engrossing adventures.
    The next Phoenix adventure is best described by the word 'engrossing'. From beginning to end, the plot will have you guessing as writer Reimerthi takes you from one cliff edge to the next! If you are a newcomer to the world of The Phantom try to track down Frew issues #1451 Phoenix Reborn and #1452 King of the Beggars - Phoenix Reborn Part Two. Both went on sale in July and August this year and are still available by mail order from Frew at $3.50 (includes GST and postage within Australia). Once you have read them, you will have a complete understanding of Phoenix, a character who seems destined to return to plague The Ghost Who Walks!

Jim Shepherd

Future issues planned as of 8 September 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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Last updated 9 September 2006