Svenska Dagbladet

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Svenska Dagbladet is a Swedish newspaper that publishes "The Phantom" daily strip.


Svenska Dagbladet June 8, 2012 Culture section.

Starting June 8, 1942, Svenska Dagbladet became the first newspaper in Sweden to publish the Phantom strip on a daily basis. Before that, it had been published weekly in Vecko-Revyn since 1940.

Although the strip had been called "Fantomen" (a direct translation of "The Phantom") in Vecko-Revyn, it was renamed "Dragos" in Svenska Dagbladet. The reasons for this are still unclear and disputed. The name "Dragos" was after that used in all Swedish (and some Finnish newspapers who published the Phantom daily strip, while "Fantomen" was used as the title in Vecko-Revyn, the Fantomen Christmas Album and the Fantomen comic book.

Over the years, most Swedish newspapers dropped the name "Dragos" and retitled it "Fantomen". Svenska Dagbladet changed the name in 1980. The name change was noted in the Family pages of Svenska Dagbladet.

For a while, each comic strip in Svenska Dagbladet was published only five days a week on a rotating schedule. Since January 2010, the Phantom strip is published seven days a week.

On June 8, 2012, Svenska Dagbladet celebrated the 70th anniversary of publishing the Phantom strip. The Culture section had the Phantom on the front page, and it included a four-page anniversary article about the Phantom.

Published stories

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Original story title Start date End date Comment
"Diana Aviatrix Lost" (part 1) June 8, 1942 December 14, 1942
"The Game of Alvar" December 15, 1942 May 8, 1943
"Diana Aviatrix Lost" (part 2) May 10, 1943 May 29, 1943
"Justice for the Python" ?, 2009 February 28, 2010 published 7 days a week since January 12, 2010
"Crocco Island West" March 1, 2010 June 15, 2010
"The Hunt for the Unknown Commander" June 16, 2010 September 26, 2010
"The Death of Diana Palmer Walker" September 27, 2010 January 10, 2011
"The Phantom At Sea" January 11, 2011 April 23, 2011
"Terror Cells of New York" April 24, 2011 August 8, 2011 the last strip was also reproduced on August 9, 2011.
"The Trail to Gravelines Prison!" August 10, 2011 November 21, 2011
"Chatu's Fate" November 22, 2011 March 30, 2012
"The Beasts of Phantom Head Peak" March 31, 2012 ?, 2012