A Plague in Venice
|A Plague in Venice|
|Produced for:||Fantomen 4/2015|
|# of pgs:||32|
|Producer:||Egmont Publishing AB|
In 1575 the 2nd Phantom is travelling from Crete to Venice on a ship, falling in love with the beautiful Lucia Croce. When sailors on the ship die in the plague, the passengers of the ship are placed in quarantine for 40 days on the island of Lazzaretto outside Venice. On the island colonel Mocenigo and his men steal from the dying and the bedridden. The Phantom ask Lucia to marry him but she say no since she has other unspecified commitments. Also the Phantom becomes sick with the plague but manage to recover.
Leaving the quarantine after 40 days, the Phantom find that Venice is filled with dead bodies and that the few survivors are spending their remaining time drinking and frolicking. Searching for Lucia's house, he discover that religious maniacs are trying to knock down the front door. Inside he find Lucia's maid Elena with Lucia's young daughter Sara. Elena claim that Lucia is dead and that she loves him. Not believing that Lucia is dead, he finally manage to find her, celebrating a masquerade with the crooked colonel Mocenigo. Challenging the Phantom in a duel, Mocenigo is suddenly struck by the plague. As Lucia tend to the dying colonel, the Phantom leave, realizing that love has made him blind. Elena tell him that Lucia was Mocenigo's mistress since many years.
The Phantom leave Venice with Elena and little Sara. Later Elena and the Phantom get married.
This story has been published in the following publications:
- "A Plague in Venice", The Phantom #1722 (2015)
- "Pesten i Venezia", Fantomet 4/2015
- "Pesten i Venedig", Fantomen 4/2015