The Black Queen
|The Black Queen|
|Produced for:||Fantomen 14/2000|
|# of pgs:||30|
|Artist:||Felmang, Anthony Benny|
|Original colorist:||Times Graphics Singapore|
At an exclusive auction house in Morristown, the Phantom buy a 16th century painting of queen Helana of Carpatia. Back at the skull cave he tell Guran the story of how the Phantom once met the queen.
In the winter of 1591 the Phantom is travelling by horse from Turkey to Prague. Queen Helena is meeting with her wicked half-sister Ilinca and her husband count Borsod. The queen tell her that she has heard rumours that Ilinca and husband are mistreating their subjects. Ilinca deny this and invite the queen to their castle.
Queen Helena of Carpatia is travelling by coach to her half-sister's castle when the coach is struck by an avalanche, started by count Borsod's men. The queen is kidnapped but Natalia, her chambermaid, manage to escape undetected to the Carpatian capital.
Getting herself a room at The Happy Hog, she is spotted by men loyal to county Borsod, Ilinca's husband. The Phantom, also arriving in the capital, gets himself a room at the same inn. Becauseof a staff mixup they must switch rooms and the Phantom spend the night in Natalia's room while she sleep in another room. At night two men try to kill the person sleeping in the bed. After a fistfight with the Phantom, the men run out of the inn. Natalia recognize them as count Borsod's men. She tell him that queen Helena has been kidnapped and is probably kept at Ilinca's castle.
At the castle, Ilinca try to force queen Helena to abdicate the throne in her favour; the queen flatly refuse. The Phantom arrive to the castle and climb the walls into the queen's room. After a scuffle with three of Ilinca's men, they climb down the castle wall. The queen leave on the Phantom's horse while he himself run into the forest, chased by count Borsod and his men.
Suffering from hypothermia, the Phantom find refuge at a peasant's cottage. Natalia shortly arrive there with the news that Ilinca intend to declare herself queen and with count Borsod's men striking down on any opposition. A few days later, angry peasants march on the chapel where Ilinca will be crowned queen but the mostly unarmed peasants will be no match for count Borsod and his men. When queen Helena finally appears, his men though refuse to fight against the people. The Phantom, still very ill, challenge count Borsod on a swordfight man to man. The Phantom win.
When queen Helena want to thank him for winning her kingdom back, he has already disappeared.
- Queen Helena
- Ilinca (Queen Helena's half-sister)
- Natalia, the queen's chamber-maid
- Count Borsod, Ilinca's husband
- Stepan, boy at the inn
- Erwin, peasant
- Radiescu, the painter (mention only)
This story has been published in the following publications:
- "The Black Queen", The Phantom #1267 (2000)
- "Musta kuningatar", Mustanaamio 14/2000