Fantomen 2008

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In the year 2008, a total of 22 issues of Swedish comic book Fantomen were published.

Overview

2008 continued the trend of reducing the number of actual issues published in favor of "double issues". In total, 22 issues were published of which 18 were regular issues of 68 pages and 4 were "double issues" of 132 pages. The double issues were on sale for four weeks, while the other issues were on sale for two weeks.

The first issue of 2008 was released on December 27, 2007. The corresponding issue of Fantomet was released on December 24, 2007, and was numbered as the last issue of 2007 instead. The corresponding Finnish issue was released first of the three, on December 19, 2007, but was still numbered as the first issue of 2008.

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Covers

Rolf Gohs was the main cover artist of the year, with a total of 11 covers. Other cover artists included Hans Lindahl (2 covers), Sal Velluto & Eugenio Mattozzi (2 covers), Felmang & Germano Ferri (2 covers), Felmang & Alex Biffignandi (1 cover), Heiner Bade (1 cover), César Spadari (1 cover), Joan Boix (1 cover) and Paul Ryan (1 cover). With 9 different cover artists (or cover artist teams), this was the highest number of different cover artists in a single year in the history of Fantomen.

The cover design where the cover artwork was placed inside a frame ended with Fantomen 25, after having been used for 23 issues. The new cover design was more in line with previous years, where the cover artwork fills the entire front page.

Most of the issues up till 18-19 also featured one of two different artworks on the first inside cover page or on page 3. They had been published before.

Cover gallery

Inside cover gallery

 * = on page 3

Contents

Phantom stories

All but 3 issues featured new Team Fantomen stories as main stories. Two issues featured newspaper strip stories that hadn't previously been published in Fantomen as main stories. One issue featured a reprinted Team Fantomen story as main story. Several reprints of Lee Falk & Sy 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Previously unpublished Team Fantomen stories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 "The Slave Ship" Bishop Felmang
2 "Dark Justice" Reimerthi Bade
4 "Secret of Phantom Head Peak" Bishop Felmang
5 "The Great Deception, Part 1" Reimerthi Boix
6-7 "The Great Deception, Part 2" Reimerthi Spadari
8 "The Jury of Death" Lindahl Lindahl
9 "The Phantom Army" Bishop Velluto
10-11 "The Castaways" Lundström Leppänen
12 "Guran Disappears" DePaul Boix
13 "The Emperor's Gift" Bishop Spadari
14 "The White Elephant" Reimerthi Bade
16 "The Pirate Festival" Reimerthi Leppänen
17 "The Hunt for the Black Carnation" Lindahl Lindahl
18-19 "The Mystery at Pendragon House" Reimerthi Boix
20 "Alter Ego" Bishop Spadari
21 "The Devil of Ravenscar" Reimerthi Bade
24 "Blood Diamonds" Bishop Velluto
25 "The Freedom Ship" DePaul Felmang
26 "Secret of the Leech Pond" Reimerthi Leppänen

Previously unpublished newspaper stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
3 "The Crime Apprentices" DePaul Ryan
22-23 "Woduro's Secret" Reimerthi Nolan

Previously published newspaper stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
3, 4, 5, 6-7 "The Hunters" Falk Barry
9 "The Delta Pirates" Falk Barry
16, 17 "The Wedding of the Phantom" Falk Barry
18-19 "The Snake Goddess" Falk Barry
18-19 "The Three Bandits" Falk Barry
28, 21, 24 "What's Wrong with Hzz?" Falk Barry
22-23 "Zabadabah" Falk Barry
22-23 "The Star of Bangalla" Falk Barry
24, 25, 26, (1, 2) "The Heirs" Falk Barry

Previously published Team Fantomen stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
6-7 "The Secret of the Golden Snake" Kharelli, Redno Leppänen
15 "Kingdom of the Amazons" Goodall Felmang, Ferri

Other comics

  • "Bernard Prince" by Cheradic and Hermann (issue 3),
    by Greg and Hermann (issues 8, 9, 13, 24, and 25), and
    by Hermann (issue 10-11)
  • "Herman Hedning" by Jonas Darnell (issues 1, 2, 4, 5, 12, 13, 15, 18-19, 20, 22-23, 24, 25, and 26)
  • "Jerome K Jerome Bloche" by Alain Dodier (issues 12, 13, and 26)
  • "Johnny Hazard" by Frank Robbins (issues 1, 5, 6-7, 14, 17, 20, and 21)
  • "Latigo" by Stan Lynde (issues 1, 3, 6-7, 8, 16, 17, 18-19, and 22-23)
  • "Spirou" by André Franquin (issues 1, 2, and 14) and
    by André Franquin and Greg (issues 15 and 16)
  • "The Dark Tower" by Stephen King, Robin Furth, Peter David, Jae Lee and Richard Isanove (issue 10-11)
  • "Thorgal" by Yves Sente and Grzegorz Rosiński (issues 3 and 4) and
    by Jean Van Hamme and Grzegorz Rosiński (issues 6-7, 10-11, 18-19, and 22-23)

Supplements

Fantomen 1 included a publishing schedule poster, Fantomen 15 included a poster of Best Fantomen cover 2007 and a Good Mark tatto, and Fantomen 16 included a Skull Mark tattoo.

See also