by Sal Velluto
- Return of the Commander Pt.2
- Plot: Claes Reimerthi
- Art: Joan Boix
- First published in Fantomen Nr.8/2007 by Egmont, Scandinavia (but not until 4th April!). Original cover shown on the left, thanks to Ulf Granberg.
- Message from the Publisher:
The saga of the Commander continues in this edition, with The Phantom facing a new round of problems! Not only has the Singh Brotherhood burst back into prominence - and with a power-mad female at the helm - but his beloved Jungle Patrol is facing extinction.
All the drama is wrapped in another spectacular painted cover by Antonio Lemos, who is experimenting with acrylics, just in case you wondered how he manages to render such beautiful colours!
The Return of The Commander series will be continued a little later this year, but first, we are about to pause for a very special event!
Our next issue will be the world record 1500th edition of The Phantom comic book published by Frew and we intend celebrating with a blockbuster production featuring two Lee Falk classics and our surprise bonus publication ... the world's first Phantom Encyclopedia! Colleague Barry Stubbersfield and I have been working on this secret project over the past 12 months and as you read this, the Encyclopedia is in the final stages of printing and binding. The Phantom Encyclopedia is included with the 1500th Issue and is not available separately. It contains everything true-blue enthusiasts have always wanted to know! The huge compilation of A to Z entries starts with Princess Alicia and ends with Zima the elephant. In between, you will find out everything about every major character (including animals, aquatic creatures and birds), major event, location, triumph and disaster, spanning the 1936-2007 publishing history of The Ghost Who Walks. Not only that, but you will learn everything about the history of Phantom comic books around the world, plus of course, all the famous writers and artists who have been involved ... everybody from Ray Moore to Wilson McCoy, Bill Lignante and Sy Barry up to such notables as Fred Fredericks, George Olesen, Tony De Paul, Keith Williams, Paul Ryan and Graham Nolan and many others. You will also find out all about famous Phantom 'firsts' and see the actual story frames in which, for example, the first Old Jungle Saying was spoken, the Jungle Patrol was mentioned for the first time, the wives of many Phantoms have been depicted, Diana makes her first appearance and the first 'outsider' (not Diana) sees The Phantom's face. Among the huge number of illustrations, you will also discover many previously unpublished photographs linked to Phantom lore, some of which are Frew exclusives from the Billy Zane Phantom movie! Virtually every entry is cross-indexed to numbered Frew editions of The Phantom and all mentioned Lee Falk stories are listed by years with explanations as to whether they were daily or Sunday adventures. Everything has been written to entertain more than educate and I'm sure the Encyclopedia will be continually referred to even if you are only a casual Phantom fan. If you are a dedicated enthusiast, look forward to owning the ultimate reference work to all things Lee Falk, Frew and the Ghost Who Walks. Barry and I are delighted with the final result.
Look for it - The 1500th Issue plus The Phantom Encyclopedia on sale 30 March 2007.