Frew #1458
by the photocopier
(this edition is the 1486th actually issued)

Release Date: 6 October 2006

  • Pages: 100
  • Price: $5.50 inc. GST
  • Cover: the photocopier
  • No Phantom Forum in this issue
  • The Mystery of the Island of Dogs
    • Script: Lee Falk
    • Art: Sy Barry
    • 86th daily newspaper story; 3 Jun - 14 Dec 1963.
    • Previous Frew appearances: #269/70 (1964), #410 (1969), #570 (1975), #759 (1982), #990/91 (1991).

  • The Challenge
    • Script: Tony De Paul
    • Art: Paul Ryan
    • 216th daily newspaper story; 16 Jan - 13 May 2006.
    • First Frew appearance.

  • The Python of Bangalla
    • Script: Tony De Paul
    • Art: Paul Ryan
    • 217th daily newspaper story; 15 May - 2 Sep 2006.
    • The correct title of this story is Return of Chatu as noted in the continuity panel on 13 May 2006.
    • First Frew appearance.

  • Message from the Publisher:
    By popular request, we represent one of Lee Falk's greatest Phantom adventures - The Mystery of the Island of Dogs backed by two new stories.
    The Mystery of the Island of Dogs, a very long daily, with stunning art by Sy Barry, dates right back to 1963 and has been out of print in the Frew chronology for some 15 years! Rather than modify and/or transpose a great many frames, we decided to run the story in its unedited entirety which necessitated a slight reduction in size of much of the artwork. This was only Sy's fifth daily story and it was almost certainly this adventure which established him as arguably the greatest-ever action scene artist in the long history of The Phantom. Lee Falk's script remains one of his very best ... tight and engrossing and gradually building to a spectacular climax (and with lots of fascinating villains thrown in for good measure!).
    Backing The Mystery of the Island of Dogs are two new American newspaper strip stories. Both are dailies with scripting by Tony De Paul and art by Paul Ryan.
    The Challenge is especially interesting because there is a link to an old Norman Worker - Kari Leppänen story called The Test, which dates back over 40 years and was originally published Frew in issue #1029 in 1992.
    The third story in this edition is The Python of Bangalla. Another special link is to be found in this story! The villain known as 'The Python' not only crossed paths with The Phantom comparatively recently, but went close to killing him with an explosive device. That happened in Frew #1372 (Terror in Mawitaan) published in 2003. In that story (a Sunday illustrated by Graham Nolan) the villain Chatu, better known to crime enforcers as 'The Python', was convinced he had killed The Phantom. Injuries aside, it was a terrible time for The Ghost Who Walks and when he is retumed to the Skull Cave to recuperate, he says to Guran ... 'this is new to me ... coming home in defeat ...' Guran made a prediction in that story ... 'it is good the Python believes you are dead, 0 Ghost Who Walks ... your legend will be strong on him when you meet again ...'

Jim Shepherd

Future issues planned as of 2 October 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 2 October 2006