Fantasma (RGE)

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Fantasma was a series of Phantom comics published by RGE (Rio Grafica Editora) in Brazil.

History

RGE started the series in 1953, thus becoming the first publisher of a regular serialized Phantom titled comic in Brazil. Initially called Fantasma Magazine, the series lasted 33 years, one of the longest running Phantom series in the world, ending only when RGE changed it's name to Editora Globo in 1986. Globo continued publishing the comic but with restarted numbering.

Between March 1953 and October 1986, 371 issues were published. The series began in the larger "american format" (18 × 30 cm) but was reduced to a smaller format (13.5 × 20.5 cm) in August 1975 (issue #234). The magazine was initially published bimonthly but by December 1960 it became a monthly release. Between 1966 and 1979 a new issue was released every 4 week and from 1980 it returned to a monthly release.

Many artists contributed to the magazine over the years, including Luiz Fernando Guimarães (Lutz), Juarez P. Getulio Delphin, Ares, Domingos Cervera, Gutemberg Monteiro, Walmir Amaral de Oliveira, Mauro Batista, Miguel Piedra, Sérgio D. T. Macedo, Adir Teixeira, Milton Sardella, Evaldo de Oliveira, Joaquim de Oliveira Monte Novo, Márcio, Juarez Odilon, Primaggio Mantovi, Norival de Oliveira, José Menezes, and Alberto Carlos.

Initially, complete stories in black and white, originating from the daily/sunday strips, were published. In March 1965 the first colored edition came out, issue #99, with a reprint of American publisher Gold Key's #2. Most of Gold Key/King/Charlton stories were released in color, and later, adventures from the daily/sunday strips also started coming out in color.

The covers of issues #163 to #166, from March 15 to June 8, 1970, brought pictures of the Brazilian national team football players who would win the FIFA World Cup that year.

From 1982 onwards RGE began publishing stories created by Semic Press from Scandinavia.

Issues #1 and #2 were reprinted in 1980 and 1985, respectively.

At its height, in the sixties, the series sold more than 200,000 copies each month, and it was the biggest selling comic book in the country.

The stories came from all of the publishers of Phantom comics that had been active at the time; i.e. daily and Sunday newspaper strip stories, Team Fantomen, Fratelli Spada, Gold Key/King/Charlton stories, and RGE also produced their own Phantom stories.

Issue overview

The 1950's

1953
1
2
3
4
5
 
1954
6
7
8
9
10 11
1955 12 13 14 15 16 17
1956 18 19 20 21 22 23
1957 24 25 26 27 28 29
1958 30 31 32 33 34 35
1959 36 37 38 39 40 41

The 1960's

1960
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
 
1961
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
 
1962
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
 
1963
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
 
1964
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
 
1965
97
98
99
100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107  
1966 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120  
1967 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134
1968 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147  
1969 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160  

The 1970's

1970 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173
1971 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186
1972 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199
1973 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212
1974 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225
1975 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238
1976 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250  
1977 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263
1978 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276
1979 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289

The 1980's

1980 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301
1981 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313
1982 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325
1983 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337
1984 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349
1985 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361
1986 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371