Fantomen 2007

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In the year 2007, a total of 24 issues of Fantomen were published. It was the first time since 1967 that less than 26 Fantomen issues were published in a year.

Overview

Of the 24 issues, 17 were regular issues of 68/72 pages, 5 were expanded issues of 100/104 pages, and 2 were "double issues" of 132 pages. It was the first time since 1958 that "double issues" of Fantomen were published. The double issues were on sale for four weeks, while the other issues were on sale for two weeks.

Starting with Fantomen 9, the Fantomenklubben 4-page supplement was removed. This coincided with the relaunch of the official Fantomen.com website.

The first issue of 2007 was also the 1400th issue of Fantomen in total. It was released on December 28, 2006. The corresponding issue of Fantomet was released on December 27, 2006, and was numbered as the last issue of 2006 instead. The corresponding Finnish issue was released first of the three, on December 21, 2006, but was still numbered as the first issue of 2007.

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Covers

Rolf Gohs was the main cover artist of the year, with a total of 12 covers. Other cover artists included Hans Lindahl (3 covers), Heiner Bade (1 cover, his first since 1983), Felmang & Rudy Walk (1 cover), and the new team of Sal Velluto & Eugenio Mattozzi (5 covers). Two covers were created by the editorial staff using old artwork by Jaime Vallvé and Kari Leppänen, respectively.

The color of the vertical striped bar along the left side of the cover was changed from red & black to blue & black. Starting with Fantomen 25, a new cover design was introduced where the actual cover artwork was placed within a frame, and the logo was placed in the top section of the frame.

All issues also featured one of six different illustrations on the first inside cover page or on page 3. One hadn't been published as an inside cover before.

Cover gallery

Inside cover gallery

 * = on page 3

Contents

Phantom stories

All but three issues included new Team Fantomen stories as main stories. Two issues had reprints of Team Fantomen stories as main stories, and one issue had a reprint of a Lee Falk & Sy Barry daily story as main story. Several reprints of Falk & Barry daily and Sunday stories, and one Team Fantomen reprint, appeared as back-up stories throughout the year.

Previously unpublished Team Fantomen stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1 "Temple of the Gods, Part 5: Thirst" Lindahl, Bishop Spadari
2 "Son of the Jungle" DePaul Leppänen
4 "Return of the Commander, Part 1" Reimerthi Boix
6 "Duel in Cyberspace" Lindahl Lindahl
7 "The Loch Ness Monster" Reimerthi Bade
8 "Return of the Commander, Part 2" Reimerthi Boix
9 "My Swedish Enemy" Lundström Leppänen
10-11 "Temple of the Gods, Part 6: The Beasts Stir" Lindahl, Bishop Spadari
12 "Deadly Virus" Reimerthi Spadari
14 "The Phantom Crusader, Part 1" Reimerthi Leppänen
15 "Out of the Shadows" DePaul Felmang, Usam
16 "The Death Peddlers" Bishop Velluto
17 "Chaos in Cyberspace" Lindahl Lindahl
18 "The Phantom Crusader, Part 2" Reimerthi Leppänen
19 "Ice Cold Death" DePaul Giordano
20 "The Devil's Kiss" Bishop Bade
21 "Dogai - The Road to Power" Reimerthi Lindahl
22-23 "The New President" Reimerthi Velluto
24 "The New Leader" Reimerthi Lindahl
25 "The Phantom Crusader, Part 3" Reimerthi Leppänen
26 "Ghost Express" Bishop Spadari

Previously published newspaper stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
(25, 26), 1 "The First Phantom" Falk Barry
3 "The Embassy Siege" Falk Barry
3, 4, 5, 6 "The Golden Beach" Falk Barry
9, 10-11, 12 "The Blue Giant" Falk Barry
10-11 "Drug Busters" Falk Barry
14 "Joonkar and the Slavers" Falk Barry
18 "Ruler of Baronkhan" Falk Barry
18, 19, 20 "The Stolen Ring" Falk Barry
21, 22-23, 24 "The Swamp Dragon" Falk Barry
22-23, 26 "The Tarashima Terrorists" Falk Barry

Previously published Team Fantomen stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
5 "The Commander is Dead" Avenell Leppänen
13 "Julie" Worker Bess
22-23 "The Blood Gold" Eklund Bade

Other comics

  • "Bernard Prince" by Greg and Hermann (issues 6, 7, 8, 18, and 19)
  • "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, and 20)
  • "Jerome K Jerome Bloche" by Alain Dodier (issues 4, 5, 12, 13, 24, 25, and 26)
  • "Johnny Hazard" by Frank Robbins (issues 1, 2, 3, 6, 10-11, 14, 17, and 22-23)
  • "Latigo" by Stan Lynde (issues 5, 6, 7, 10-11, 12, 14, 15, 21, 24, and 25)
  • "Spirou" by Greg and Jidéhem (issue 1) and
    by André Franquin (issues 2, 8, 9, 10-11, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22-23, and 26)

Supplements

Fantomen 1 included a publishing schedule poster, and Fantomen 15 included a poster of Best Fantomen cover 2006.

See also