Frew #1469
by the photocopier
(this edition is the 1497th actually issued)

Release Date: 16 February 2007

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

Fantomen Nr.1/2007
by Rolf Gohs

  • Temple of the Gods Pt.5: Thirst
    • Plot: Hans Lindahl
    • Script: David Bishop
    • Art: César Spadari
    • First published in Fantomen Nr.1/2007 by Egmont, Scandinavia. Original cover shown on the left, thanks to Ulf Granberg.

  • Message from the Publisher:
    The long-running Temple of the Gods saga moves one episode closer to the climax in this edition! Part five of the saga is called Thirst! for good reason - read on and you will discover why!
    To refresh your memory a little, Temple of the Gods commenced in 2005 in a story entitled The U-Boat Mystery (Frew #1418) which told of a forgotten Egyptian temple discovered on the Isle of Eden by the 3rd Phantom. In a later episode (Frew #1434), the 21st Phantom visits the temple and sees some strange super beings who have animal heads, human bodies and superior intelligence (see also Frew #1445 for Pt.3). In Temple of the Gods Part 4 (Frew #1464) we went back to the days of the 3rd Phantom and his amazing adventure in Egypt as he attempts to unravel more of the mystery. Now, in part 5, the 3rd Phantom travels to ancient Romania in the hope of solving everything, only to stumble on an even bigger mystery - the existence of a young girl who knows of the strange super beings and has a major problem ... a vampire-like need for human blood! Hence the title of this episode Thirst!
    There are so many elements to this saga ... the possibility that a secret sect exists, that a great deal of the ancient history is known to a group of elite German scientists and that even Adolf Hitler, who had a fascination with the occult, may have taken some of the secrets to his grave! All will be finally explained a little later this year and I again apologise for the long gaps between episodes. Unfortunately (for Australian enthusiasts) the story is being published in Scandinavia in this format and Frew simply has to go along with the Scandinavian schedule.
    I think you will like César Spadari's artwork in this new episode. Spadari obviously loves illustrating dark mystery stories and always comes up with some incredible layouts and dramatic lighting effects to underline stories which rely on shock tactics!
    We have a complete change of pace coming up in our next issue. Frew #1470, which will go on sale on 2 March, is called Retum of the Commander. The story is from Claes Reimerthi and the art is by Joan Boix. This new adventure is set in modern times in Morristown and in the surrounding jungle - and you've guessed it! The Commander in question is the Unknown Commander - The Phantom himself.

Jim Shepherd

Future issues planned as of 17 February 2007 (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 17 February 2007