Bastei stories

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The German publisher Bastei produced well over 200 original Phantom stories in the 1970s and 1980s. They are, however, unknown by most Phantom fans, since only a handful of stories have ever been reprinted outside Germany, only one story in English.

Background

Bastei's Phantom comics included stories from all available sources: the newspaper strip (daily and Sunday stories), Team Fantomen stories, Gold Key/King/Charlton stories and Fratelli Spada stories. On top of that, Bastei began to produce original stories.

No credits were given for the Bastei stories, but apparently all of them were written by the productive Peter Mennigen. The artwork was provided by artists working for a Spanish studio or agency, possibly Interpubli which was the agency that Bastei's main Phantom cover artist Rafael López Espí worked for at the time.

Differences

Bastei's stories are easy to distinguish from other Phantom stories, not only because of the artwork but also because the Phantom is portrayed in a very different way in these stories. Here, the Phantom is a well-known crimefighter who is often contacted by police and government to assist in crime investigations. The Phantom rarely uses the Mr Walker disguise but his costume causes almost no reactions among the people he meet. The mystique of the Phantom is almost non-existant. Since Bastei's stories were published side-by-side with stories by Lee Falk, Team Fantomen etc., it was set up for confusion among the German Phantom readers.

In chronicle stories, Bastei used their own version of the Phantom lineage which differs significantly from that of any other publisher:

Bastei's version of the Phantom lineage.

When Chronicle stories from Team Fantomen were published in Bastei's comics, the numbering of the Phantoms were often changed to fit into Bastei's Phantom lineage. However, there are even Bastei stories that show historical Phantoms active in years that are inconsistent with the timeline above.

Bastei's chronicle stories departed in many ways from what had been presented in previous stories, even including the origin of the Phantom. Bastei's version of the Phantom's origin was presented in the story "The Secret of the Skull Cave".

It is also worth noting that in most chronicle stories, the ancestors were accompanied by a horse named Hero and a wolf named Devil, just like the 21st Phantom has. This is something that only appears consistently in Bastei stories and cannot be regarded as a mistake.

List of Bastei stories

The Bastei stories were published in three separate publications: The comic magazine Phantom, the pocket series Phantom and the comic book Phantom Spezial.

Phantom magazine stories

# Original title Translated title Writer Artist
1 "Der Testpilot des Teufels" "The Test Pilot of the Devil" Mennigen  ?
2 "Das Grab der grauen Riesen" "The Grave of the Gray Giants" Mennigen  ?
3 "In der Falle der Mafia" "In the Trap of Mafia" Mennigen  ?
4 "Verschollen im Dschungel" "Lost in the Jungle" Mennigen  ?
5 "Das schmutzige Geschäft" "Dirty Business" Mennigen  ?
6 "Die Elfenbein-Banditen" "The Ivory Bandits" Mennigen  ?
7 "Die Ratten von Kimbasa" "The Rats of Kimbasa" Mennigen  ?
8 "Der große Zweikampf" "The Great Duel" Mennigen  ?
9 "Der unheimliche Reiter" "Uncanny Horseman" Mennigen  ?
10 "Das Geheimnis der Drachenpagode" "The Secret of the Dragon Pagoda" Mennigen  ?
11 "Die Farm der Geächteten" "Outlaw Farm" Mennigen  ?
12 "Überfall auf den Nitro-Expreß" "Attack on the Nitro-Express" Mennigen  ?
13 "Das Geheimnis der Leoparden-Lady" "The Secret of the Leopard Lady" Mennigen  ?
14 "Die Höhle der Silberschmuggler" "The Cave of Silver Smugglers" Mennigen  ?
15 "Unternehmen Python" "Operation Python" Mennigen  ?
16 "Die Diamantenhaie" "The Diamond Sharks" Mennigen  ?
17 "Die Waffenbande" "Arm Gang" Mennigen  ?
18 "Heiße Fährte nach Soho" "Hot Track to Soho" Mennigen  ?
19 "Alarm im Dschungel" "Alarm in the Jungle" Mennigen  ?
20 "Die weiße Göttin" "The White Goddess" Mennigen  ?
21 "Das Vermächtnis der Hattai" "The Legacy of the Hattai" Mennigen  ?
22 "Die verschollene Lady" "The Vanishing Lady" Mennigen  ?
23 "Der Tod der Baumriesen" "Death of the Giant Tree" Mennigen  ?
24 "Jagd auf die Dynamit-Bande" "The Hunt for the Dynamite Gang" Mennigen  ?
25 "Die Giftmischer von Morristown" "The Poison Maker from Morristown" Mennigen  ?
26 "Alarm am Wambesi-Damm" "Alarm at the Wambesi Dam" Mennigen  ?
27 "Alarm am Fieberfluß" "Alarm at the Fever River" Mennigen  ?
28 "Der Fluch der funkelnden Steine" "The Curse of the Sparkling Stones" Mennigen  ?
29 "Das Geheimnis der Totenkopfhöhle" "The Secret of the Skull Cave" Mennigen  ?
30 "Die Dschungel-Prinzessin" "The Jungle Princess" Mennigen  ?
31 "Aufruhr im Regenwald" "Rebellion in the Rain Forest" Mennigen  ?
32 "Die Elfenbein-Banditen" "The Ivory Bandits" Mennigen  ?
33 "Opfer im Morgengrauen" "The Victims at Dawn" Mennigen  ?
34 "Der Tyrann aus dem Morgenland" "The Tyrant from the Orient" Mennigen  ?
35 "Die Insel der Götzendiener" "The Island of the Idolaters" Mennigen  ?
36 "Die Piratenfestung" "The Pirate Fortress" Mennigen  ?
37 "Das Geheimnis des großen Donners" "The Secret of Great Thunder" Mennigen  ?
38 "Im Vulkan der Opfergöttin" "In the Volcano of the Sacrifice Goddess" Mennigen  ?
39 "Das schmutzige Geschäft" "Dirty Business" Mennigen  ?
40 "Im Palast der Waffen-Schmuggler" "In the Palace of the Arms Smugglers" Mennigen  ?
41 "Die Diener des weißen Zauberers" "Servants of the White Wizard" Mennigen  ?
42 "Notruf aus der Schreckensburg" "Emergency Call Out of the Horror Castle" Mennigen  ?
43 "Der Fluch der verschollenen Stadt" "The Curse of the Lost City" Mennigen  ?
44 "Aufruhr im Land der Chagga" "Rebellion in Chagga Land" Mennigen  ?
45 "Schmutziges Geschäft" "Dirty Business" Mennigen  ?
46 "Der Wolfsmensch" "The Wolfman" Mennigen  ?
47 "Alarm in der Haifischbucht" "Alarm in the Shark Bay" Mennigen  ?
48 "Der geheimnisvolle Schatz" "The Mysterious Treasure" Mennigen  ?
49 "Der Dämon der schwimmenden Inseln" "The Demon of the Floating Islands" Mennigen  ?
50 "Der Hexenmeister der Sambos" "The Wizard of Sambos" Mennigen  ?
51 "Die Nacht des großen Zauberers" "The Night of the Great Magician" Mennigen  ?
52 "Heiße Waffen für Bangalla" "Hot Weapons for Bangalla" Mennigen  ?
53 "Die Schmuggler vom Fieberfluß" "The Smugglers of the Fever River" Mennigen  ?
54 "Alarm im Busch" "Alarm in the Bush" Mennigen  ?
55 "Der Schreckenssultan" "The Terror Sultan" Mennigen  ?
56 "Der unheimliche Schatz" "The Scary Treasure" Mennigen  ?
57 "Das Geheimnis der weißen Zauberer" "The Secret of the White Magician" Mennigen  ?
58 "Der Fluch des funkelnden Götzen" "The Curse of Sparkling Idols" Mennigen  ?
59 "Der rätselhafte Schatz" "The Puzzling Treasure" Mennigen  ?
60 "Das Rätsel der goldenen Statuen" "The Mystery of the Golden Statue" Mennigen  ?
61 "Die Wüstenräuber" "The Desert Robbers" Mennigen  ?
62 "Der Killer-Leopard" "The Killer Leopard" Mennigen  ?
63 "Im Dorf der Fieberträume" "The Village of Feverish Dreams" Mennigen Marcet Aparicio
64 "Der Moloch vom Teufelsriff" "The Juggernaut of Devil's Reef" Mennigen  ?
65 "Der Vulkan der Opferkrieger" "The Volcano of the Victim Warriors" Mennigen  ?
66 "Gefahr für den Jadetempel" "The Jade Temple in Danger" Mennigen  ?
67 "Das geheimnisvolle Zeichen" "The Mysterious Sign" Mennigen  ?
68 "Der verbotene Tempel" "The Forbidden Temple" Mennigen  ?
69 "Heißer Weg nach Mekka" "The Furious Way to Mekka" Mennigen  ?
70 "Der Maskenmann von Kalula" "The Masked Man of Kalula" Mennigen  ?
71 "Das Attentat der Zamba-Bande" "The Assassination Attempt of the Zamba Gang" Mennigen  ?
72 "Der letzte Coup der Dschungelbande" "The Last Coup of the Jungle Gang" Mennigen  ?
73 "Das Geheimnis der Verschollenen" "The Secret of the Missing People" Mennigen  ?
74 "Der vergessenen Schatz" "The Forgotten Treasure" Mennigen  ?
75 "Der Fluch des heiligen Elefanten" "The Curse of the Sacred Elephant" Mennigen  ?
76 "Das letzte Spiel der Zirkus-Bande" "The Last Game of the Circus Gang" Mennigen  ?
77 "Die Sklavenkarawane" "The Slave Caravan" Mennigen  ?
78 "Der Schatz der grünen Hölle" "The Treasure of the Green Hell" Mennigen  ?
79 "Das Geheimnis der Götzenstatue" "The Secret of the Idol Statues" Mennigen  ?
80 "Der Fluch der verbotenen Insel" "The Curse of the Forbidden Island" Mennigen  ?
81 "Alarm im Dschungel" "Alarm in the Jungle" Mennigen  ?
82 "Das Teufelsriff" "The Devil's Reef" Mennigen  ?
83 "Die Gefangene des Wüstenprinzen" "The Prisoners of the Desert Prince" Mennigen  ?
84 "Die Fieberblumen" "The Fever Flowers" Mennigen Marcet Aparicio
85 "Der geheimnisvolle Regenmacher" "The Mysterious Rainmaker" Mennigen  ?
86 "Der Fluch der goldenen Amulette" "The Curse of the Golden Amulet" Mennigen Marcet Aparicio
87 "Das schmutzige Geschäft" "Dirty Business" Mennigen  ?
88 "Die Erpresser von Paris" "The Blackmailer of Paris" Mennigen  ?
89 "Der Schatz des wandelnden Geistes" "The Treasure of the Ghost Who Walks" Mennigen  ?
90 "Eine Rechnung geht nicht auf" "A Sum Doesn't Work" Mennigen  ?
91 "Gefahr aus den Wolken" "Danger out of the Clouds" Mennigen  ?
92 "Im Sumpf des Verderbens" "The Sump of Perdition" Mennigen  ?
93 "Die Falle im Dschungel" "The Trap in the Jungle" Frommer, Mennigen Marcet Aparicio
94 "Die Piraten der Teufelsbucht" "The Pirates of Devil's Bay" Mennigen  ?
95 "Die Todeskralle" "The Deadly Claw" Mennigen  ?
96 "Der Doppelgänger" "The Doppelganger" Mennigen  ?
97 "Das Gespenst von Paris" "The Ghost of Paris" Mennigen  ?
98 "Der Tempel des Verderbens" "The Temple of Doom" Mennigen  ?
99 "Der Bruderkampf" "The Fratricidal Fight" Mennigen  ?
100 "Der Gefangene" "The Prisoner" Mennigen  ?
101 "Der unheimliche Fremde" "The Sinister Stranger" Mennigen Marcet Aparicio
102 "Der Zwillingsbruder" "The Twin Brothers" Mennigen  ?
103 "Die Bergkrieger" "The Mountain Warrior" Mennigen  ?
104 "Die Falle am Highway" "The Trap on Highway" Mennigen  ?
105 "Die Göttin des Todesvulkans" "The Volcano of the Death Goddess" Mennigen  ?
106 "Der Piratenfreund" "The Pirate Friend" Mennigen  ?
107 "Die Opiumbande" "The Opium Gang" Mennigen Marcet Aparicio
108 "Der Racheschwur" "The Oath of Vengeance" Mennigen  ?
109 "Die Marsmenschen" "The Martians" Mennigen Marcet Aparicio
110 "Der Hexer von Manhattan" "The Wizard of Manhattan" Mennigen  ?
111 "Schwarzer Tag für Diamantenhaie" "Black Day for Diamond Sharks" Mennigen  ?
112 "Der Gefangene des Teufels-Grafen" "The Prisoner of the Devil Count" Mennigen  ?
113 "Die Gefangene der Fieberhölle" "The Prisoners of the Fever Hell" Mennigen  ?
114 "Die Killer von Morristown" "The Killer from Morristown" Mennigen  ?

Phantom pocket stories

First series

# Original title Translated title Writer Artist
1 "Der Dschungelgeist schlägt zu" "The Jungle Ghost Strikes" Mennigen  ?
2 "Der geheimnisvolle Reiter" "The Mysterious Rider" Mennigen  ?
3 "Flug in die Hölle" "Flight to Hell" Mennigen  ?
4 "Der Feuergeist" "The Fire Ghost" Mennigen  ?
5 "Sabotage am Kyoga-See" "Sabotage at Kyoga Lake" Mennigen  ?
6 "Das Geheimnis der alten Mine" "The Mystery of the Old Mine" Mennigen  ?
7 "Die U-Boot-Banditen" "The Submarine Bandits" Mennigen  ?
8 "Wetterleuchten über Bangalla" "Sheet Lightnings above Bangalla" Mennigen  ?
9 "Heiße Spur nach Kairo" "A Hot Lead to Cairo" Mennigen  ?
10 "Verschollen im Großstadt-Dschungel" "Lost in the Urban Jungle" Mennigen  ?

Second series

# Original title Translated title Writer Artist
1 "Der Mafiapalast" "Mafia Palace" Mennigen  ?
2 "Alarm im Dschungel" "Alarm in the Jungle" Mennigen  ?
3 "Verrat an Bord" "The False Witch Doctor" Mennigen  ?
4 "Der Feuergeist" "Betrayal on Board" Mennigen  ?
5 "Alarm im Dschungel" "Alarm in the Jungle" Mennigen  ?
6 "Das Geheimnis der vergessenen Farm" "The Secret of the Forgotten Farm" Mennigen  ?
7 "In der Falle der Spione" "In the Trap of the Spies" Mennigen  ?
8 "Die Diamanten-Schmuggler von Bangalla" "The Diamond Smugglers of Bangalla" Mennigen  ?
9 "Die Hyänen der Savanne" "The Hyenas of the Savannah" Mennigen  ?
10 "Die Lagune der Verräter" "The Lagoon of the Traitor" Mennigen  ?
11 "Die Gefangenen der grünen Hölle" "The Prisoners of the Green Hell" Mennigen  ?
12 "Alarm in der Savanne" "Alarm in Savanna" Mennigen  ?
13 "Gefahr für Bangalla" "Danger for Bangalla" Mennigen  ?
14 "Im Bann des schwarzen Magiers" "In the Power of the Black Magician" Mennigen  ?
15 "Das Geheimnis der Ohura-Sekte" "The Secret of Ohura-Sect" Mennigen  ?
16 "Der Hengst von Bangalla" "Bangalla Stallion" Mennigen  ?
17 "Die Gefangenen der Sklaveninsel" "The Prisoners of Slave Island" Mennigen  ?
18 "Aufstand am Schlangenfluß" "Revolution on Snake River" Mennigen  ?
19 "Der Goldschatz im Sambala" "The Gold Treasure in Sambala" Mennigen  ?
20 "Die Insel des bösen Herrschers" "The Island of the Evil Ruler" Mennigen  ?
21 "Die Bestie der grünen Hölle" "The Beast of the Green Hell" Mennigen  ?
22 "Das Geheimnis der Dschungel-Höhle" "The Mystery of the Jungle Cave" Mennigen  ?
23 "Die Herren der Teufelsmine" "The Masters of Devil Mine" Mennigen  ?
24 "Die Insel der Erpresser" "The Island of Kidnappers" Mennigen  ?
25 "Die Wächter der Sklavenvilla" "Wardens of the Slave Villa" Mennigen  ?
26 "Der Fluch des Zauberpriesters" "The Curse of the Magic Priest" Mennigen  ?
27 "Rebellion der Teufelsinsel" "Rebellion on Devil's Island" Mennigen  ?
28 "Die Zauberwaffe der Wilderer" "The Poachers Magic Weapon" Mennigen  ?
29 "Der Schlangen-Turm" "The Snake Tower" Mennigen  ?
30 "Die Piraten der Teufelslagune" "The Pirates of the Devil's Lagoon" Mennigen  ?
31 "Die Gefangenen der grünen Hölle" "The Prisoners of the Green Hell" Mennigen  ?
32 "Die Wächter der Schatzhöhle" "The Guardians of the Treasure Cave" Mennigen  ?
33 "Die Wüstenteufel" "The Desert Island" Mennigen  ?
34 "Im Banne des Sklavenhändlers" "In the Spell of the Slave Trader" Mennigen  ?
35 "Schüsse in der Fieberhölle" "Shots in the Fever Hell" Mennigen  ?
36 "Im Versteck des Schatzräuber" "In the Treasure Robbers Hideout" Mennigen  ?
37 "Die Bestie des Zauberdschungels" "The Beasts of the Magic Jungle" Mennigen  ?
38 "Die Tochter des Gangsterchefs" "The Gang Boss's Daughter" Mennigen  ?
39 "Die Schreckens-Safari" "The Terrified Safari" Mennigen  ?
40 "Die Haie von New York" "The New York Sharks" Mennigen  ?
41 "Palast der Sklaven" "The Palace of Slaves" Mennigen  ?
42 "Die Söldner des Teufels" "The Devils Mercenaries" Mennigen  ?
43 "Die Schmuggler der Todeswüste" "The Smugglers of the Death Desert" Mennigen  ?
44 "Die Dschungel-Dämonen" "The Jungle Demons" Mennigen  ?
45 "Ein Herzensbrecher mit Pistole" "A Heartbreaker with Pistol" Mennigen  ?
46 "Der teuflische Doppelgänger" "The Evil Double" Mennigen  ?
47 "Die Henker des gelben Flusses" "The Hangman of the Yellow River" Mennigen  ?
48 "Die Mulatten-Bande" "The Halfbreed Gang" Mennigen  ?
49 "Spuk auf der Teufelsinsel" "Haunting on Devil's Island" Mennigen  ?
50 "Die Piraten der grünen Hölle" "The Pirates of the Green Hell" Mennigen  ?
51 "Das Gangster-Schloß" "The Ganger Palace" Mennigen  ?
52 "Die Diamanten-Haie" "The Diamond Sharks" Mennigen  ?
53 "Aufstand hinter Gitter" "Revolution Behind Bars" Mennigen  ?

Phantom Spezial stories

# Original title Translated title Writer Artist
1 "Die Dschungelpiraten" "The Jungle Pirates" Mennigen  ?
2 "Die Verschwörung von Hongkong" "The Hong Kong Conspiracy" Mennigen  ?
3 "Das Geheimnis der Bohrinsel" "The Secret of the Drilling Rig" Mennigen  ?
4 "Alarm in Basis TX11" "Alarm in Base TX11" Mennigen  ?
5 "Die Fälscher aus dem Spielcasino" "The Forger at the Gambling Casino" Mennigen  ?
6 "Die Teufelsmine" "The Devil's Mine" Mennigen  ?
7 "Der Gefangene des großen Xanadu" "The Prisoner of the Great Xanadu" Mennigen  ?
8 "Heiße Nacht in Marrakesch" "Hot Night in Marrakech" Mennigen  ?
9 "Der Dämon aus dem Regenwald" "The Demon of the Rain Forest" Mennigen  ?
10 "Die Seeteufel von Bangala" "The Sea Devil from Bangalla" Mennigen  ?
11 "Die Schatzräuber von Mexico" "The Treasure Raiders of Mexico" Mennigen  ?
12 "Die Falle in der Unterwelt" "The Case in the Underworld" Mennigen  ?
13 "Im Hinterhalt der Judo-Katzen" "The Ambush of the Judo Cats" Mennigen  ?
14 "Das weiße Gold der Watussi" "The White Gold of the Watussi" Mennigen  ?
15 "Der Dämon aus der grünen Hölle" "The Demon from the Green Hell" Mennigen  ?
16 "Notruf aus dem Dschungeltempel" "Cry for Help from the Jungle Temple" Mennigen  ?
17 "Das Geheimlabor" "The Secret Lab" Mennigen  ?
18 "Der Schmugglerkönig" "The Smuggler King" Mennigen Morales
19 "Die Diamantenbande von Bangalla" "The Diamond Band from Bangalla" Mennigen  ?
20 "Die Gefangene der Mafia" "The Prisoners of the Mafia" Mennigen  ?
21 "Die Menschenjäger der Sahara" "The Manhunters of the Sahara" Mennigen  ?
22 "Die Falle des falschen Zauberers" "The Case of the False Sorcerer" Mennigen  ?
23 "Die Gefangenen der Teufelsinsel" "The Prisoners of the Devil's Island" Mennigen  ?
24 "Der Dämon des gelben Meeres" "The Demon of the Yellow Sea" Mennigen  ?
25 "Die Bestie aus den Fiebersümpfen" "The Beast from the Fever Swamps" Mennigen  ?
26 "Die Geier aus dem Regenwald" "The Vultures of the Rain Forest" Mennigen  ?
27 "Gold der grünen Hölle" "Gold of the Green Hell" Mennigen  ?
28 "Die Herrin der Geistersümpfe" "The Mistress of the Ghost Swamps" Mennigen  ?
29 "Abrechung am Ovamda-Pass" "Payback at the Ovamda Pass" Mennigen  ?
30 "Im Bann der weißen Göttin" "The Curse of the White Goddess" Mennigen  ?
31 "Die Bestie von Bangalla" "The Beast from Bangalla" Mennigen  ?
32 "Die Lagune der Schatzjäger" "The Lagoon of the Treasure Hunter" Mennigen  ?
33 "Die Wächter des verschwundenen Totems" "The Guardians of the Lost Totems" Mennigen  ?
34 "Das Urteil des schwarzen Zauberers" "The Judgment of the Black Sorcerer" Mennigen  ?
35 "Die Herrin des Geisterfelsens" "The Mistress of the Spirit Rocks" Mennigen  ?
36 "Die Falle des Dämonenkriegers" "The Trap of the Demon Warriors" Mennigen  ?
37 "Die Flußpiraten von Sambesi" "The River Pirates of Sambesi" Mennigen  ?
38 "Die Sklavenjäger von Bangalla" "The Slave Hunters from Bangalla" Mennigen  ?
39 "Die Nacht des lautlosen Jägers" "The Night of the Silent Hunter" Mennigen  ?
40 "Der Tempel des ewigen Schweigens" "The Temple of Eternal Silence" Mennigen  ?
41 "Der Herr des Dämonendschungels" "The Master of the Demon Jungle" Mennigen  ?
42 "Die Geier der Luft" "The Vultures of the Air" Mennigen  ?
43 "Die Buschteufel von Bomba" "The Bush Demon from Bomba" Mennigen  ?
44 "Überfall am Geisterfluß" "Ambush on the Ghost River" Mennigen  ?
45 "Die Gefangene der Fieberhölle" "The Prisoners of the Fever Hell" Mennigen  ?
46 "Die Feuerteufel" "The Arsonist" Mennigen  ?
47 "Die Häscher des Kalifen" "The Bloodhounds of the Caliph" Mennigen  ?
48 "Der Dämonenberg" "The Demon Mountain" Mennigen  ?
49 "Die Piraten-Festung" "The Pirate Fortress" Mennigen  ?


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