Fantomen 1994

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In the year 1994, a total of 26 issues of Swedish comic book Fantomen were published.

Overview

1994 was a year of great change for Fantomen. The magazine was expanded from 68 to 84 pages, only Team Fantomen stories were published, and the stories had a common theme of changes in the Phantom's world.

This year the editorial staff consisted of Björn Ihrstedt (editor) and Ulf Granberg, Bo Majgren, Göran Siljerud, Peter Friman and Christer Thunborg.[1]

Promotion

The changes of Fantomen were promoted in an award-winning advertisement campaign, and the new direction led to a lot of publicity in media. The phrase "Legenden lever" ("The legend lives") was the slogan for the campaign.

Photo montages were used in the campaign to show that the Phantom was alive in our world. Among the images were crop circles in the shape of the Good Mark, Ku Klux Klan members turned upside down and stuck in the ground, and the Phantom standing behind Nelson Mandela.

Promotional posters were supplied for most issues published during the year, some of which were designed to look like headlines from the fictional Bengali Times newspaper.

Covers

The main cover artist of the year was Terje Aspmo (17 covers). Other cover artists were Peter Friman (3 covers), Christer Thunborg (2 covers), Tony Bagge (2 covers) and Rolf Gohs (2 covers). This was also a big change for Fantomen, as Friman and Bagge were new cover artists this year, and Aspmo and Thunborg were new cover artists in 1993. Veteran cover artist Gohs only produced two covers, the least he has ever done in one year.

The general cover design was updated. The one-colored border which had been part of the cover from 1990 to 1993 was replaced by a thin white line. A bar was placed at the top of the cover for information about the contents of the issue, and a symbol to highlight that the issues now were 84 pages was placed in the top right corner of most issues. The Fantomen logo was also given a new design.

Cover gallery

Contents

Phantom stories

For the first time in the history of Fantomen, only Team Fantomen stories were published during the year. New stories were not only used as main stories in every issue, but also occasionally as back-up stories. The long running serialised story "The Heart of Darkness" also began this year, all to increase the presence of the Phantom in Fantomen.

This was also the first year that no newspaper strip stories at all were published in Fantomen.

Previously unpublished Team Fantomen stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1 "The Ghost of Tawasu Valley" Avenell Spadari
2 "Operation Jungle Patrol" Avenell Cruz
3 "The Doomsday Mountain" Moberg Leppänen
4 "Election in Bengali, Part 1: The Challenger" Reimerthi Lindahl
4 "The Heart of Darkness - Prologue: The Stone of the Gods" Reimerthi Boix
5 "Election in Bengali, Part 2: The Loser" Reimerthi Lindahl
5 "Jungle Adventures: Secret of the Gold Container" Årnes Spadari
5 "The Heart of Darkness I - Part 1: The Grave of Imhotep" Reimerthi Boix
6 "Kidnapping" Schröder Nagy, Vallvé
6 "The Heart of Darkness I - Part 2: The Other Grave" Reimerthi Boix
7 "The Revenge of Dogai Singh" Worker Felmang, Benny
7 "The Heart of Darkness I - Part 3: Nightmares" Reimerthi Boix
8 "The Demon of Wasaka" Worker Spadari
8 "The Heart of Darkness I - Part 4: Pharaoh’s Curse" Reimerthi Boix
9 "Hunted" Moberg Leppänen
9 "The Heart of Darkness I - Part 5: The Secret of the Scroll" Reimerthi Boix
10 "Struggle for Freedom" DePaul Moberg, Vallvé
10 "The Heart of Darkness I - Part 6: Unmasked Murderer" Reimerthi Boix
11 "The Evil Game, Part 1" Reimerthi Cruz
11 "The Heart of Darkness I - Part 7: In the Darkness of the Tomb" Reimerthi Boix
12 "The Evil Game, Part 2" Reimerthi Cruz
12 "The Heart of Darkness II - Part 1: Secrets of the Temple Ruins" Reimerthi Boix
13 "Seconds from Death" Reimerthi Lindahl
13 "Jungle Adventures: Caesar's Laurel" Årnes Bade
13 "The Heart of Darkness II - Part 2: The Omen" Reimerthi Boix
14 "The King of Chicago, Part 1" Moberg Lindahl
14 "The King of Chicago, Part 2" Moberg Lindahl
14 "The Heart of Darkness II - Part 3: The Escape" Reimerthi Boix
15 "Hijackers on Board" DePaul Spadari
15 "The Heart of Darkness II - Part 4: The Trap" Reimerthi Boix
16 "The Commander is Dead" Avenell Leppänen
16 "The Heart of Darkness II - Part 5: Death has Many Shapes" Reimerthi Boix
17 "Viyaya's Treasure" Pettersen Bade
17 "The Heart of Darkness II - Part 6: The Secret of the Force" Reimerthi Boix
18 "Revenge of the Hypnotist" Reimerthi Cruz
18 "The Heart of Darkness III - Part 1: Intermezzo in Cyprus" Reimerthi Boix
19 "The Triads, Part 1: Deadly Cargo" Reimerthi Felmang, Benny
19 "The Heart of Darkness III - Part 2: The Death Squad" Reimerthi Boix
20 "The Triads, Part 2: The Five Thunderbolts" Reimerthi Felmang, Rancho
20 "The Heart of Darkness III - Part 3: The Body in the Swamp" Reimerthi Boix
21 "The Triads, Part 3: The Tiger Queen" Reimerthi Felmang, Ferri
21 "The Heart of Darkness III - Part 4: The Ship" Reimerthi Boix
22 "The Triads, Part 4: Death in Shanghai" Reimerthi Felmang, Ferri
22 "The Heart of Darkness III - Part 5: The Prisoner" Reimerthi Boix
23 "The Triads, Part 5: At the End of the Road" Reimerthi Felmang, Benny
23 "The Heart of Darkness III - Part 6: From the Other Side" Reimerthi Boix
24 "Caught in the Crossfire" Reimerthi Cruz
25 "Murder in the Eyes" DePaul Leppänen
26 "Diana's New Job" Avenell Lindahl
26 "The Heart of Darkness IV - Part 1: The Missing Pages" Reimerthi Boix

Other comics

"Xenozoic Tales" and the "Blueberry" spin-off "Marshal Blueberry" were new comics this year. "Albatross", "Herman Storm", "James Hund", "Tybalt", "Vi å pappa", "Herman Hedning" and some episodes of "Det okända" were all produced exclusively for Fantomen.

  • "Albatross" by Guiral and Jesús Redondo (issue 18), and Norman Worker and Jesús Redondo (issues 3 and 22)
  • "Blueberry" by Jean Michel Charlier and Jean Giraud (issues 8, 9, 10, and 26)
  • "Det okända" by Robin Snyder, Sarah Gregory, and Ernie Colon (issue 1),
    by George Kashdan and Alfred P. Alcala (issue 2),
    by Ulf Granberg and Stefan Nagy (issues 3 and 4),
    by Jack Oleck and N. Redondo (issue 5),
    by Ulf Granberg, Stefan Nagy, and Christer Thunborg (issue 6),
    by Robert Kanigher, Grandenetti and Wood (issue 7),
    by Mark Evanier, Robert Kanigher and Sonny Trinidad (issue 8),
    by Nick Cardy (issue 9),
    by Williamson (issue 10),
    by Robert Kanigher and Alex Toth (issue 12),
    by Mary Wolfman, Dick Dillin, and Neal Adams (issue 13),
    by N. Redondo (issue 14),
    by Stefan Nagy and Ellem (issue 15),
    by Tony DePaul and Stefan Nagy (issue 18),
    by Kari Leppänen (issue 20),
    by Michael Fleisher, Alfred P. Alcala, and Russell Carley (issue 21),
    by Scott Goodall and Kari Leppänen (issue 23),
    by Bill Kelly and Johnny Craig (issue 24),
    by Jack Oleck, Quico Redondo, and Abe Ocampo (issue 26), and
    by ? (issues 11, 16, 22, and 25)
  • "Herman Hedning" by Jonas Darnell (issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26)
  • "Herman Storm" by Eirik Ildahl and Jean-Yves Mitton (issues 1 and 2)
  • "James Hund" by Jonas Darnell and Patrik Norrman (issues 17, 19, 25 and 26)
  • "Mandrake the Magician" by Lee Falk and Fred Fredericks (issues 4, 11, 16, and 26)
  • "Marshal Blueberry" by William Vance and Jean Giraud (issues 25 and 26)
  • "Rick O'Shay" by Stan Lynde (issues 3, 7, 12, and 24)
  • "Tybalt" by Norman Worker and Ian Kennedy (issues 6, 21, and 26)
  • "Vi å pappa" by Krister Pettersson (issues 2, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 20, 22, and 25)
  • "Xenozoic Tales" by Mark Schultz (issues 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 11, 13, 15, 20, and 23)

Supplements

Supplements during the year were a publishing schedule poster in Fantomen 1 and the Best Fantomen cover 1993 poster in Fantomen 15.

See also

Notes

  1. Fantomen 1/1994, page 36-37