Frew #1461
by the photocopier
(this edition is the 1489th actually issued)

Release Date: 3 November 2006

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

Fantomen Nr.23/1987
by Rolf Gohs

  • The Curse of Carpatia
    • Script: Norman Worker
    • Art: Felmang/Waldrag
    • First published in Fantomen Nr.23/1987 by Semic, Sweden. Original cover shown on the left, thanks to Ulf Granberg.

  • Message from the Publisher:
    The new adventure, The Curse of Carpatia, in this issue has a link with a Lee Falk story which originally appeared in 1973 and which was reprinted by Frew in issue #1018 in 1992. Lee's story was called Things when it first appeared in newspapers, but overtime, that title became better known as The Vampires of Koqania. This new story refers to 'Carpatia', but you can read into that 'Koqania' - the places are one and the same.
    The Koqania ruins were one of The Phantom's little used secret hideouts in Lee's time and it is interesting to remember that in Lee's original story, the 21st Phantom wonders why his grandfather (the 19th Phantom) chose the place as a hideout ... 'so remote... so dismal'. Lee must have thought the same way because he never wrote another story about the place. Nor did Lee give an idea of the exact location! All we know is that it is somewhere in Europe, far removed from any major city and most likely in a remote area of a largely undeveloped country which still clings to the legend of vampires. (You may be surprised to learn that there are a few places in Europe where people still believe in such things!).
    Look carefully at Sy Barry's art in Frew #1018 and you will spot the taxi (horse and carriage) driver who appears early in the piece is a dead ringer for the famous American comedian WC Fields! 'Felmang' illustrated The Curse of Carpatia and because he loves injecting famous faces into his work you should be able to find a few more!
    [Comment from Guran: It is also noteworthy that this was the first story that Felmang illustrated for Semic (now called Egmont). It has never previously been published by Frew. Felmang had previously illustrated eight stories for the Italian publisher Fratelli Spada between 1966 and 1970. Click here for more details.]

Jim Shepherd

Future issues planned as of 30 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 30 October 2006