The Phantom (Frew) 2016

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In the year 2016, a total of 31 issues of Australian comic book The Phantom were scheduled to be published, but due to change of ownership only 28 issues were actually published.


2016 was a year of great change for Frew Publications, as the company changed ownership. This change caused a delay of the first issue of the year which was published almost two months later than usual. There was considerable online speculation among fans, and some even assumed that Frew would cease operations. However, the lack of information was caused by lengthy negotiations during which no party was allowed to give any more details than what was already stated about the company being on sale. The new Frew owners were announced to be Glenn Ford and Rene White, and Dudley Hogarth remained as the editor. The three were dubbed "The Frew Crew" and brought in many other changes during the year. For example:


The new owners' policy and the introduction of the new Frew Signature Series led to a much greater variety of cover artists than usual. A record of 12 different artists were credited for the covers: Glenn Ford (6 covers, plus one with Jeremy MacPherson), Felmang (3 covers), Antonio Lemos (3 covers), Jeremy MacPherson (2 covers, plus one with Glenn Ford), Paul Ryan (1 cover), Gary Chaloner (1 cover), Shane Foley (3 covers), Angelo Todaro (1 cover), Jamie Johnson (1 cover), Lindsay Walker (1 cover), Marcello Baez (1 cover), Sal Velluto (1 cover). The three Collectors Replica Series covers were photos, as usual. An old Mario Caria cover was used as a back cover.

Additionally, Frew produced a variant cover for Supanova by five different artists: Glenn Ford, Antonio Lemos, Jeremy MacPherson, Wai-Chew Chan, and Jamie Johnson. It was sold exclusively at Supanova in Sydney, with remaining copies later made available through Frew's website. The artwork by these artists was also available in a separate portfolio.

Cover gallery


Phantom stories

Previously unpublished Frew stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1770 "Expedition in the Jungle, Part 1" Ferri Felmang, Ferri
1771 "Expedition in the Jungle, Part 2" Ferri Felmang, Ferri

Previously unpublished newspaper stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1746 "The Ghost Story" DePaul Beatty
1748 "Terror's Mutiny" DePaul Ryan
1772 "The Battlements of the Nomad" DePaul Beatty
1772 "The Twins' Futures" DePaul Ryan
1772 "Farewell to the Deep Woods" DePaul Manley

Previously unpublished Team Fantomen stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1745 "The Snake Ring" Darell Leppänen
1747 "1943, Part 1" Rassy Saviuk
1747 "The Heart of Darkness Part 4: Curse of the Pharaoh" Reimerthi Boix
1749 "1943, Part 2" Rassy Saviuk
1749 "The Heart of Darkness Part 5: The Secret of the Scroll" Reimerthi Boix
1750 "Nat Turner Mystery, Part 3" Reimerthi Leppänen
1750 The Heart of Darkness, Part 6: Unmasked Murderer" Reimerthi Boix
1752 "Evil Schemes" Tierres Felmang, Benny
1753 The Heart of Darkness I - Part 7: In the Darkness of the Tomb" Reimerthi Boix
1754 "Nat Turner's Spirit, Part 4: A Diabolical Plan" Reimerthi Leppänen
1754 The Heart of Darkness II - Part 1: Secrets of the Temple Ruins" Reimerthi Boix
1756 "Nat Turner's Spirit, Part 5: Revolt" Reimerthi Leppänen
1756 The Heart of Darkness II - Part 2: The Omen" Reimerthi Boix
1757 "Nat Turner's Spirit, Part 6: The King of Louisiana" Reimerthi Leppänen
1757 Heart of Darkness II - Part 3: Escape" Reimerthi Boix
1758 "Singh War, Part 1: The Flying Dutchman" Reimerthi Spadari
1758 The Heart of Darkness II - Part 4: The Trap" Reimerthi Boix
1759 "Singh War, Part 2: Rodiagate" Reimerthi Bade
1759 The Heart of Darkness II - Part 5: Death has Many Shapes" Reimerthi Boix
1762 "The Mark of Cain" Madden Ruiz
1762 The Heart of Darkness II - Part 6: The Secret of the Force" Reimerthi Boix
1763 "Nuclear Terror" Semb Ruiz
1763 "Deadly Cargo" Emberland Westad
1764 "The Crying Idol" Tierres Bess
1765 "Llongo's Amulet" Avenell Bade
1766 "The Art Collector" Avenell Vallvé
1767 "Predator's Road" Reimerthi Bade
1767 The Heart of Darkness III - Part 1: Intermezzo in Cyprus" Reimerthi Boix
1768 "Fish War" Worker Leppänen

Previously unpublished Bastei stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1763 "The Treasure of the Green Hell" Mennigen Subirana

Previously unpublished Gold Key/King/Charlton stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1771 "A Better Way" Gill Boyette
1772 "SOS Phantom" Lignante Lignante

Previously unpublished Fratelli Spada stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1753 "Raiders of the Great King's Tomb" Fiorentini (?) Felmang
1761 "Venus of the Jungle" unknown Todaro
1761 "Like Lightning from the Sky" unknown Todaro
1763 "The Talking Tree" Fiorentini (?) Silvestrini, Pratesi

Previously unpublished RGE stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1763 "The Threat of the Great Dictator" unknown Teixeira

Previously unpublished Tay Yayınları stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1763 "Breaking the Circle" Eralp Eralp

Previously unpublished other stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1763 "Zigomar vs The Phantom" Vidić Navojev
1763 "The Environmental Avenger" Westad Westad

Previously unpublished prose stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1763 "Demons in the Deep Woods" Cardoso Okada

Previously published Frew stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1763 "The Kings Cross Connection" Shepherd Chatto

Previously published newspaper stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1746, 1760 "Little Toma" Falk Moore
1746 "Mister Hog" Falk McCoy
1746 "The Lady from Nowhere" Falk McCoy
1746 "The Hanta Witch" Falk Barry
1746 "Vandal-Looters" Falk Barry
1746 "Queen Amaza's Mate" Falk Barry
1746 "The Floradon Mystery" Falk Olesen, Fredericks
1746 "Diana Aviatrix Lost" part 2 Falk Moore
1760 "The Thuggees" part 1 Falk McCoy
1760 "Romance" part 2 Falk McCoy
1769 "High Seas Highjacker" Falk McCoy
1769 "The Reporter" Falk McCoy

Previously published Team Fantomen stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1755 "The Black Fire, Part 1" Worker Cruz
1755 "The Black Fire, Part 2" Worker Cruz