Giantsize Phantom

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Giantsize Phantom is a series of Phantom comics publishes by Frew Publications in Australia.

History

First series

Giantsize Phantom was first published by Frew Publications in April 1957 and contained a compilation of four or five complete stories about various characters in each issue. These 92 page comics were published about every two months, and had a cover price of two shillings. The first story in each issue was the Phantom, and these were backed-up mainly by the Australian-created characters "Phantom Ranger", "The Shadow", and "Sir Falcon". Other characters featured in the series, were "Catman & Kit", "Planetman", "Range Rider", "Wonder Boy", "Steve Rampart", "Phantom Lady", "Kalar the Caveman", "Davy Crockett", "Robin Hood", "Red Wing", "Bomb Squad F", and "Buster Crabbe". The glossy art-paper covers featured the Phantom teamed up with the three or four other main characters contained in the comic.

The first two issues of the series were not numbered and could be identified by the following means: #1 was called GIANTSIZE PHANTOM COMIC, while #2 was called GIANTSIZE COMIC WITH THE PHANTOM. The series ran for 26 issues, with the last edition being published in about April 1961. The publisher changed names midway through the series: the first five issues were credited to Frew Publications, but from #6 to the last, the publisher was Tricho Publications Pty. Ltd., of 149 Castlereagh St, Sydney. Although the words GIANTSIZE COMIC appeared on all of the covers, the main cover title varied throughout the series: #1 GIANTSIZE PHANTOM, #2-16 GIANTSIZE, and #17-26 PHANTOM.

Published stories

Issue Title Writer Artist Comments
#1
"The Haunted Castle" Falk Moore, McCoy
#2
"The Marshall Sisters" part 1 Falk Moore, McCoy
#3
"Adventure in Algiers" Falk Moore
#4
"The Beachcomber" Falk Moore
#5
"The Precious Cargo of Colonel Winn" Falk Moore
#6
"The Blue Gang" Falk McCoy
#7
"The 12 Tasks" Falk Moore, McCoy
#8
"The Saboteurs" Falk Moore
#9
"King of Beasts" Falk Moore
#10
"The Fire Goddess" Falk Moore
#11
"The League of Lost Men" Falk Moore
#12
"The Mysterious Passenger" Falk McCoy
#13
"The Phantom Trophy" Falk Moore
#14
"The Scarlet Sorceress" Falk Moore, McCoy
#15
"Bobo the Toy Dog" Falk McCoy
#16
"The Spy Gang" Falk McCoy
#17
"The Phantom Goes to War" part 1 Falk Moore, McCoy
#18
"The Phantom Goes to War" part 3 Falk Moore, McCoy part 2 and 3 were printed in reverse order
#19
"The Phantom Goes to War" part 2 Falk Moore, McCoy
#20
"The Phantom Goes to War" part 4 Falk Moore, McCoy
#21
"The Return of the Sky Band" part 1 Falk Moore
#22
"The Return of the Sky Band" part 2 Falk Moore
#23
"The Gray Gang" part 1 Falk McCoy
#24
"The Gray Gang" part 2 Falk McCoy
#25
"Dr Axel and the Witchmen" Falk McCoy
#26
"The Haunted Castle" Falk Moore, McCoy

Second series

Frew Publications started the second series in May 2017. It has a similar content as the first series, but includes some characters which didn't appeare in the first series, and some exclusively created stories. Unlike the first series, when all of the Phantom stories had appeared previously in regular the Phantom (Frew) series, the second series included several previously unpublished stories from various publishers.

Published stories

Issue Title Writer Artist Comments
#1
"The Ape Idol of the Durugu" Falk McCoy Sundays only
#2
"The Scarlet Sorceress" Falk Moore, McCoy
#3
"To Right a Wrong" Gill Boyette
#4
"How The Phantom Saved The Earth" Falk Barry
#5
"The Phantom of Shang-Ri-La" Wood Aparo
#6
"The Vapors of Vulcan" Gill Boyette
#7
"The Lost City of Pheenix" Falk Barry
#8
"The Cliff Kingdom" Arneson Aparo
#9
"The Outlaw's Herd" Gill Boyette
#10
"Sir Phantom - Knight of the Round Table" Granberg, Vallvé Vallvé
#10
"Revenge of the Singh Pirates" Gill Boyette
#11
"The Living Legend" unknown unknown

Issue overview

First series

Second series