Team Fantomen is the collective term for the artists and writers, responsible for the Scandinavian production of stories about the Phantom. It's closely tied with the production of the Swedish Fantomen magazine.
The first Phantom story to be produced for Fantomen was "Skatten i Dödskallegrottan" ("The Treasure in the Skull Cave") by Bertil Wilhelmsson, published in 1963. By the end of 2015, over 930 Team Fantomen stories have been published.
Between 1963 and 1967, nineteen Phantom stories was created for Fantomen, all but one by Wilhelmson, with cover artist Rolf Gohs being responsible for the only exception.
By the end of the 1960's the production temporary ceased, as Fantomen started to reprint stories produced by the Italian publishing house Fratelli Spada. Several of the Spada stories was however edited, and - between 1968 and 1970 - even had some new art added to them. The artists known to have participated in the Spada additions are Bertil Wilhelmsson, Özcan Eralp and Anders Thorell.
1970 saw the return of original Fantomen stories, and this time artists Wilhelmsson and Eralp was joined by writers Magnus Knutsson and Janne Lundström, forming the first proper "Team Fantomen". In addition to new stories, several Daily and Sunday stories from the Moore and McCoy years was slightly rewritten and provided with completely new art. The last of these stories was published in 1973.
In 1972 Jaime Vallvé joined, and remained as one of the most influential artists of the team until the mid 1990's. When Ulf Granberg turned editor-in-chief of Fantomen in 1973, he also became in charge of Team Fantomen, and under Granberg's lead the production truly was established.
One of the goals of the Scandinavian produces Phantom stories of the early 1970's was to add "social awareness" to the character. As early as in 1969 a Swedish magazine had called the Phantom a fascist, and the left winds blowing over Sweden during the 1970's also affected the Phantom. In a story from 1973 he helped a jungle tribe to start a cooperative, four years later he met up with Fidel Castro, and as the fictional country of Rhodia - based upon the regimes of Rhodesia and South Africa - was introduced in 1972, he joined the fight for to liberate Africa's people from the colonial powers.
Prominent writers joining the team during the mid and late 1970's include, besides Granberg, Norman Worker and Donne Avenell, while Heiner Bade, Georges Bessis, Kari Leppänen and Knut Westad were established as Team Fantomen artists.
During the first half of the eighties the team kept growing with all Scandinavian creators Eirik Ildahl, Diane Alfredhsson, Claes Reimerthi (writers) and Hans Lindahl (artist) joining. In 1986, Fantomen celebrated the Phantom strip's 50th anniversary by reprinting thirteen handpicked stories from its Scandinavian production.
As the political winds slowly started to change during the decade, so did the tone of the Scandinavian Phantom production. However, the political awareness still remained an important part of the stories, with environmental issues and white slavery continuing to be addressed.
During the later years of the decade there was what later has been referred to as a "Latin wave", as several South European and South American artists, including José Casanovas, Carlos Cruz, Romano Felmang and César Spadari, joined in, together with the Scottish writer Scott Goodall, who lived in France.
The early and mid 1990's had artist Joan Boix, and writers Sverre Årnes, Lennart Moberg, Tony de Paul, and Terrence Longstreet joining the team. In 1992 Granberg summoned the most influential writers and artists, along with some editorial staff members, to the first of many seminars, nicknamed "the Brain Trust", to discuss the concept of the team's Phantom production.
As a result of the Brain Trust's work, 1994 saw some severe changes within the world of the Phantom, as Bengali was given a new president, Kigali Lubanga, and the Phantom's relationship with several of his former friends and allies was complicated. However - the reaction from the readers was mixed, and by 1997 most things were back to normal.
The 1990's also saw the return of the practice to reuse old Lee Falk stories. This time around - unlike in the 1970's - there were only minor changes, made by Ulf Granberg, to the original scripts. Between 1993 and 2001 a total of six Dailies and Sunday stories were redrawn.
Around the turn of the millennium, several former core artists and writers were no longer a part of the production. Donne Avenell and Norman Worker had been the team's most influential writers since the 1970's, and with Avenell's death in 1997, and Worker's leaving as a regular writer in the same year, there was a need for new writers. Claes Reimerthi, who had been one of the main writers during the Lubanga-era, kept on as the most influential writer, together with Tony de Paul, and artist Hans Lindahl, who also took up writing. New Zealand-born writer David Bishop (now residing in Scotland) was a popular addition to the team's ranks, and Dag R. Frognes of Norway served as both writer and artist for a handfull of stories.
In 1999 the first story by American writer Ben Raab, was published, and during the 2000's the "American wave" kept sweeping through the Team Fantomen production, with acclaimed American comic book artists and writers like Dick Giordano, Bob McLeod, Graham Nolan, Don Perlin, Paul Ryan, Alex Saviuk, Roger Stern and Sal Velluto all contributing. Additionally, former Team member Janne Lundström returned in 2007.
Notably, in the beginning of the new millennium an increasing amount of the stories revolved around supernatural or fantastic elements, while the politic aspects of the stories slightly faded. By the mid-2000's, the politics of Bengali again became a recurring theme in the stories, as Sandal Singh, the new leader of the Singh Brotherhood became president of the country.
In 2012, Ulf Granberg retired from the position of editor responsible for the production of new Team Fantomen stories. The last published story that he produced was "The Runestone Saga" published in Fantomen 25-26/2012.
Granberg was succeeded by Team Fantomen members Claes Reimerthi and Hans Lindahl. The first published story where they were responsible for the production was "The Bandar Idol" published in Fantomen 1/2013.
Granberg also retired from the position of Fantomen editor and was succeeded in this position by Mikael Sol, who, in 2015, also replaced Reimerthi and Lindahl as head of the comics production. Lindahl also retired from writing and drawing the Phantom, while Reimerthi remains the most productive writer of the team, to which Philip Madden, Terje Nordberg, and John Rassy (writers) and Henrik Jonsson and Rafael Ruiz, amongst others, were added.
Team Fantomen participants
Since 2015, editor Mikael Sol is managing the Team Fantomen production.
Note that creators on The World of the Phantom is not included in this list.
|Name||Work||Active years||Additional work|
|Heiner Bade|| Artist and
|1975-present||Cover artist 1979-1983 and 2007-2012, 2017.|
|Jan Bielecki||Artist||2015-present||Cover artist 2019|
|Joan Boix||Artist||1994-present||Cover artist 1998-2003, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2016-2017.|
|Dag R. Frognes|| Writer and
|2000-2002, 2014-present|| Cover artist 2001-2002, 2013. |
Cover artist for Fantomet and Fantomets Krønike.
|Jens Hansegård||Writer||1997-2004, 2010, 2013-present|
|Henrik Jonsson||Artist||2015-present||Cover artist 2015-2016.|
|Kari Leppänen|| Artist and
|1979-present|| Cover artist sporadically since 1982. |
Cover artist for some Finnish publications.
|Janne Lundström||Writer||1970-1977, 2007-present|
|Claes Reimerthi||Writer||1984-present||Head of Team Fantomen 2013-2015.|
|Rafael Ruiz||Artist||2015-present||Cover artist 2017-present|
|Alex Saviuk||Artist||2004-2006, 2013-present||Cover artist 2015, 2017|
|Göran Semb||Writer||1996, 2015-present|
|Mikael Sol|| Artist and
|César Spadari||Artist||1987-present||Cover artist in 1992, 2000-2002, and 2007-2012.|
|Anders Végh Blidlöv||Artist||2017|
|Sal Velluto||Artist||2007-present||Cover artist 2007-present.|
The following artists and writers have written or done artist work for Team Fantomen's stories.
|Name||Work||Active years||Additional work|
|Ingebjørg Berg Holm||Writer||2003|
|Terje Emberland||Writer||1988-1990||Author of the Phan-Toom article, 1991.|
|Özcan Eralp||Artist and writer||1968-1991|
|Romano Felmang||Artist||1987-2014||Cover artist 1997-2012.|
|Germano Ferri||Artist||1990-2000, 2011-2012|| Cover artist in 1997, 2000, and 2008-2012.|
Cover artist for Fantomen Christmas Album.
|Rolf Gohs||Artist and writer||1966-1970||Cover artist 1957-2012.|
|Ulf Granberg||Writer||1975-2001|| Editor-in-chief of Fantomen 1973-1986 and 2003-2012.|
Head of Team Fantomen 1973-2012.
Editor-in-chief of Fantomen Krönika 1993-1996 and of issue #58 in 2003
|Lennart Hartler||Writer||1972-1973||Editor-in-chief of Fantomen 1969-1972.|
|Per G. Hvidsten||Writer||1992|
|Kjell T. Johnsen||Writer||1999|
|Mats Jönsson||Writer||2000-2002|| Editor-in-chief of Fantomen 1987-1990 and of Fantomen Krönika 2006-2007. |
Cover artist in 1987.
|Magnus Knutsson||Writer||1970-1975, 2005|
|Hans Lindahl||Artist and writer||1983-1989, 1992-2015|| Cover artist 1985-2015.|
Head of Team Fantomen 2013-2015.
|Bob McLeod||Artist||2003-2006||Cover artist 2005-2006.|
|Lennart Moberg||Writer and artist||1992-2004|
|Graham Nolan||Writer||2003||Cover artist in 1999.|
|Terje Nordberg||Writer||1982-1985, 2012||Editor of Fantomet 1984-1985|
|Borislav Pavlović||Artist||1993||Cover artist for Fantomet and Fantomets Krønike|
|Paul Ryan||Artist||2001-2006||Cover artist 2001-2013.|
|Umberto Sammarini||Artist||1991-2007||Cover artist in 2006.|
|Christer Thunborg||Artist||1995-1998||Editorial staff member of Fantomen. Cover artist 1993-1997.|
|Jaime Vallvé||Artist and writer||1972-1996||Cover artist 1976-1989, with reprints in 1999 and 2007.|
|Knut Westad||Artist||1979-1989|| Cover artist 1978-1985. |
Cover artist for Fantomet and Fantomets Krønike.
|Bertil Wilhelmsson||Artist and writer||1963-1988|
|Ebbe Zetterstad||Writer||1960's||Editor-in-chief of Fantomen 1958-1961.|
Note that several creators have used more than one name as a Phantom creator:
- Norman Worker used the pen-name "John Bull" during his first years as a Phantom writer.
- Romano Felmang (a pseudonym for Romano Felice Mangariano) was called "Roy Mann", or "Roymann", 2001-2003.
- Terje Nordberg has never used his given name, having signed his stories as "Th. Pelerin", "Ed Redno", or "Falco Pellerin".
- The writing team consisting of Ken Ikonen, Jens Hansegård and Kim McLaughlin adopted the collective name of "Terrence Longstreet", starting in 1999.
- Claes Reimerthi used the pen-name" Michael Tierres" until 1993.
- Terje Emberland and Henning Laugerud used the pen-name "Johan L. Borgnes" when working together.
Additionally Diane Alfredhsson used the pen-name "Dai Darell", and Eirik Ildahl signed his Phantom stories as "Idi Kharelli"; Eugenio Benni's pen-name is "Benny", Edoardo Morricone's is "Morrik", Pierfrancesco Prosperi's is "Piero", Borislav Pavlovic's is "Boro", Ilario Ranucci's is "Rancho", and Umberto Sammarini's is "Usam". None of them ever signed their stories with their proper names. Georges Bessis usually signed his work as "George Bess".
Before the Scandinavian production of Phantom stories began, the Fantomen covers was made by several European illustrators, including George Camitz, Lennart Ek, Martin Guhl, Göte Göransson, John Lindblom and others. In 1957 Rolf Gohs made his first Fantomen cover, remaining one of the most profilic Phantom artists until his retirement in 2012, at which point he had provided 911 covers (only counting cover work for the Fantomen magazine). From 1960 to 1975 Gohs was responsible for every single Fantomen cover to be produced, with the exception of six covers in 1966.
In 1976 Jaimé Vallvé produced his first Fantomen cover, and since then has cover material been produced by several of the Team members (i.e. Bade, Boix, Felmang, Ferri, Frognes, Giordano, Jonsson, Jönsson, Leppänen, Lindahl, McLeod, Nolan, Ryan, Saviuk, Spadari, Thunborg, Sammarini, Vallvé, Velluto and Westad). In addition, some cover art have been made by artists who hasn't done any Team Fantomen stories; these include Terje Aspmo, Tony Bagge, Sy Barry, Alex Biffignandi, Iván Boix, John Cassaday, Peter Friman, Mats Indseth, Elin Jonsson, Alexander Klingspor, Erik Larsen, Eugenio Mattozzi, Juan Miguel, Brittany Pezzillo, Silio Romagnoli, Henrik Sahlström, Tom Smith and Rudy Walk.
The Norwegian, Finnish and Danish Fantomen counterparts (Fantomet, Mustanaamio and Fantomet, respectively) generally use the cover material produced for the Swedish magazine. However - there are also covers made specially for the Norwegian magazines; the previously mentioned Westad, Pavlović, Frognes, Larsen and Aspmo all have made covers that have exclusively been used by Fantomet, Fantomets Krønike and other Norwegian publications. Artists who only have produced cover material directly for the Norwegian market include Sebastià Boada, Yngve Eriksen, Liv Jacobsen, Kent Jensen, Morten Myklebust, Per Henning Olsen, Erlend Tønnesen and Volker Zibell, as well as signatures Kokstad, H. Jakobsen and Arcadia. In addition, there are a handful of Fantomet covers from the late 1970's whose creators still remain unknown.