Fantomen 2006

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In the year 2006, a total of 26 issues of Fantomen were published.

Overview

2006 was the 70th anniversary of the Phantom comic strip. To mark the occasion, every cover of Fantomen featured a 70th anniversary symbol.

19 issues were regular issues of 72 pages, 6 were expanded issues of 104 pages, and 1 issue was a special 70th anniversary issue of 164 pages with a 20-page supplement. Every issue was on sale for 2 weeks.

The first issue of 2006 was released on December 29, 2005. The corresponding issue of Fantomet was released on December, 2005, and was numbered as the last issue of 2005 instead, thus giving Fantomet a total of 27 issues published in 2005. The corresponding Finnish issue was released first of the three, on December 21, 2005, but was still numbered as the first issue of 2006.

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Covers

The main cover artists of the year were Rolf Gohs (10 covers) and Hans Lindahl (9 covers). The Rolf Gohs cover of the 70th anniversary issue featured an old painting in front of a collage of various Phantom comics covers from all over the world. Other cover artists included the team Paul Ryan & Tom Smith (3 covers), the team Felmang & Rudy Walk (3 covers, of which one with Usam), and Bob McLeod (1 cover).

The color of the vertical striped bar along the left side of the cover was changed from purple & black to red & black. A symbol to commemorate the Phantom strip's 70th anniversary was placed on every covers, with small variations during the year.

All issues (except no. 14) also featured 5 different artworks on the first inside cover page, except issue 1 and 5 that had it on page 3. One hadn't been published before.

Cover gallery

Inside cover gallery

 * = on page 3

Contents

Phantom stories

17 issues featured new Team Fantomen stories as main stories. The six 104-page expanded issues all featured reprinted daily stories as main stories, with the first daily "The Singh Brotherhood" as the 70th anniversary finale in the last issue. 1 issue featured a new daily story as main story, and 1 issue featured a reprinted Team Fantomen story as main story. The 70th anniversary special featured the biggest variety of Phantom stories ever in a single Fantomen issue: 4 newspaper strip stories, 2 Team Fantomen stories, 1 Fratelli Spada story, 1 Charlton story and 1 DC story. Several reprints of Falk & Barry Sunday stories appeared as back-up stories throughout the year.

Previously unpublished Team Fantomen stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1 "Jonathon Wild, Part 2: Sentenced to Hang" Reimerthi Leppänen
4 "Temple of the Gods, Part 3: The Secret Sect" DePaul Ryan
5 "Diana's Crisis, Part 5: Night of the Phantoms" DePaul Felmang, Usam
7 "Death in Cyberspace" Lindahl Lindahl
8 "The London Underground Murders, Part 1: Cutbush" Bishop Spadari
9 "The London Underground Murders, Part 2: Maniac at Large" Bishop Spadari
11 "The Shadow" Reimerthi Leppänen
12 "The Plunderers of Kinloch Island" Reimerthi Whigham, McLeod
13 "The Philosopher's Stone, Part 1: Phoenix Reborn" Reimerthi Lindahl
15 "The Philosopher's Stone, Part 2: King of Beggars" Reimerthi Leppänen
16 "The Moriarty Experiment" Bishop Spadari
19 "Circe's Island, Part 1: The Institute" Bishop Felmang
20 "Circe's Island, Part 2: The Destruction" Bishop Felmang
21 "The Philosopher's Stone, Part 3: The Lost Library" Reimerthi Saviuk, Giordano
23 "The Philosopher's Stone, Part 4: The Middle of the World" Reimerthi Leppänen
24 "Lost in Cyberspace" Lindahl Lindahl
25 "Temple of the Gods, Part 4: Servant of Evil" Lindahl, Bishop Ryan

Previously unpublished newspaper stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
3 "Temple of the Gods, Part 2: Return to Eden" DePaul Ryan
14 "The Gibs Brothers" Falk McCoy
14 "Adventure in Algiers" Falk Moore

Previously unpublished Fratelli Spada stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
14 "The Lightning Egg" Ferri Ferri

Previously unpublished Charlton stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
14 "The Phantom of 1776" Newton Newton

Previously unpublished DC Comics stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
14 "Apes" Verheiden McDonnell

Previously published Team Fantomen stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
14 "The Prisoner in Venice" Lundström Vallvé
14 "The Castle of Evil" Worker Lindahl
17 "The Phantom's Unknown Sister" Kharelli Bessis

Previously published newspaper stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
(25, 26), 1, 2 "The Golden Wood" Falk Barry
2 "Mystery of Kula-Ku" Falk Barry
2 "Queen Karola of Kula-Ku" Falk Barry
4, 5, 6, 7 "Phantom Treasure" Falk Barry
6 "Ughland" Falk Barry
9, 10, 11, 12, 13 "Tale of Joomba" Falk Barry
10 "Luck and Wealth" Falk Barry
14 "The Wig" Falk Barry
14 "The Masked Ball" Falk Barry
18 "The Presidents" Falk Barry
18 "The Kimberly Diamonds" Falk Barry
18, 19, 20, 21 "Little Girl" Falk Barry
22 "The Lake Lady" Falk Barry
25, 26, (1) "The First Phantom" Falk Barry
26 "The Singh Brotherhood" Falk Moore

Other comics

  • "Bad Bob" by Stan Lynde (issue 5)
  • "Bernard Prince" by Greg and Hermann (issues 2, 3, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 24)
  • "Captain Biceps" by Tebo and Zep (issues 11, 12, 13, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 25)
  • "Herman Hedning" by Jonas Darnell (issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 17, 18, 19, and 26)
  • "Herman Hedning och Bacon & Egg firar 70-årig vålnad" by Jonas Darnell and Patrik Norrman (issue 14)
  • "Jerome K Jerome Bloche" by Alain Dodier (issues 4, 5, 9, 10, 21, and 22)
  • "Johnny Hazard" by Frank Robbins (issues 2, 6, 10, 13, 15, 18, 22, 23, and 26)
  • "Robin Hood" by Bill Finger and Russ Heath (issues 1, 10, and 13)
  • "Scared to Death" by Virginie Vanholme and Mauricet (issues 11 and 12)
  • "Spirou" by André Franquin (issues 1, 6, 7, 8, 15, 16, and 23)
  • "Thorgal" by Yves Sente and Grzegorz Rosiński (issues 24 and 25)

Supplements

Supplements during the year were a publishing schedule poster in Fantomen 1, a wrist sweat band in Fantomen 8, a deck of cards in Fantomen 11, a soft CD case in Fantomen 13, a 20-page Lee Falk biography in Fantomen 14, the Best Fantomen cover 2005 poster and a CD (part 1) in Fantomen 15, a CD (part 2) in Fantomen 16, a good mark ring in Fantomen 17, and a Skull ring in Fantomen 23.

See also