by Rolf Gohs
- The Philosopher's Stone Pt.3: The Lost Library
- Script: Claes Reimerthi
- Pencils: Alex Saviuk
- Inks: Dick Giordano
- First published in Fantomen Nr.21/2006 by Egmont, Scandinavia. Original cover shown on the left, thanks to Ulf Granberg.
- Message from the Publisher:
The saga of Phoenix continues in The Lost Library! Ever so slowly, everything is falling into place as The Phantom continues his relentless pursuit of this weird character and his search for eternal life. The script for The Lost Library is by Claes Reimerthi, Dick Giordano has inked Alex Saviuk's pencils and our own Antonio Lemos has rendered the covers.
I can now tell you that everything comes to an incredible climax in The Middle of the World which will appear in Frew #1459, on sale October 13. Not too long to wait for an amazing adventure which will take you into Tibet! If you are trying to guess at what happens, think hard about the word 'phoenix'. 'Phoenix', in classical mythology, was an unique bird that periodically burned itself on a funeral pyre and was born again from the ashes. No more clues!
Our next issue (Frew #1458 on sale October 6) will be a 100-page special showcasing three stories. Two are new - The Challenge and The Python of Bangalla with art by Paul Ryan and the main story is the Lee Falk - Sy Barry classic, The Mystery of the Island of Dogs which has been out of print for more than 15 years.
The Challenge is a new treatment of the famous The Test adventure which Frew published way back in 1992. The Test centred on Kit undergoing an arduous jungle mission to help prepare himself for his future role as The Phantom. In The Challenge, both Kit and Heloise are asked by The Phantom to prove their survival skills!
The Python of Bangalla brings back the evil criminal Chatu, who last appeared in the 2003 story, Terror in Mawitaan (Frew #1372) and almost succeeded in killing The Phantom. In this new story, Chatu, who actually believed he had put an end to The Phantom, tries again!
The Mystery of the Island of Dogs has been brought back into the Frew schedule by popular demand and this time around, we will bring you the adventure in its unedited entirety! Lee Falk was rightly enormously proud of his script (it's quite a long story by the way) and Sy Barry's art can only be described as brilliant. The story first appeared in 1963 and it was only Sy's fifth daily adventure. He put an enormous amount of work into the art, experimented with perspective and special action effects and produced what many fans believe to be his first true classic Phantom rendering. Prior to this story, he had illustrated the dailies, The Slave Market of Mucar, The Epidemic, The Wharf Rats and The Mysterious Ambassador and the Sundays, Treasure of the Skull Cave and The Astronaut and the Pirates. If you have those stories, pull them out and compare his early style with the amazing images he conjured up for The Mystery of the Island of Dogs. All his early Phantom stories were first class, but he lifted himself to a new level with The Mystery of the Island of Dogs. The fact that he continued to improve his Phantom images, adds a lot of weight to the argument that he remains unchallenged as the greatest newspaper strip Phantom artist of them all! Ray Moore had a special gift for injecting mystery and Wilson McCoy sometimes broke new ground with lighting effects, but Barry, with his attention to detail, layouts and flair for facial expressions and action scenes, remains the master!