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Fantomen 2012

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In the year 2012, a total of 19 issues of Swedish comic book Fantomen was published.


2012 continued the trend of reducing the number of actual issues published in favor of "double issues". In total, 19 issues were published of which 12 were regular issues of 68 pages and 7 were "double issues" of 132 pages. The double issues were on sale for four weeks, while the other issues were on sale for two weeks.

The first issue of 2012 was released on December 22, 2011. The corresponding issue of Fantomet was released on December 19, 2011, and was numbered as the last issue of 2011 instead.

Longtime editor Ulf Granberg retired during the year. Granberg was editor (or chief editor, while others held the title "editor") of 1001 Fantomen issues during 40 years, from Fantomen 1/1972 to Fantomen 9/2012. He was succeeded by Mikael Sol.


Fantomen in-house ad.

An in-house ad was published in various comic magazines published by Egmont Kärnan.


The main cover artists of the year were Rolf Gohs, and the team Sal Velluto and Eugenio Mattozzi (4 covers each). Other cover artists were Kari Leppänen (3 covers), Joan Boix (2 covers), Heiner Bade (2 covers), Felmang and Germano Ferri (2 covers), Felmang and Alex Biffignandi (1 cover), and Hans Lindahl (1 cover).

Cover gallery


Phantom stories

All but one issue included new Team Fantomen stories as main stories, a total of 18 new stories. One issue included a Fratelli Spada story that had previously been published in Fantomen as main story. Several Falk & Barry Sunday stories appeared as back-up stories throughout the year, one of which had never been published in Fantomen before. Daily strip stories by Falk, Moore and/or McCoy were published in the double issues. For the first time, they were printed unedited (apart from translation) in Fantomen. To accomodate the format of the strip, these stories were printed sideways with three strips per page.

Previously unpublished Team Fantomen stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
1 "The Gulf of Aden Pirates" Kajander Leppänen
2-3 "Burnt Offering" Reimerthi Bade
4 "Trapped in the Pack Ice" DePaul Boix
5 "The Jungle Vampire" DePaul Felmang, Ferri
6-7 "Grinning Jack's Treasure" Reimerthi Spadari
8 "The Pirates' Prisoner" Lundström Lindahl
9 "Save Jerusalem" Reimerthi Leppänen
12 "Valley of the Apes" DePaul Velluto
13 "The Resurrection Man" Reimerthi Bade
14-15 "The Poisoned Land" Pellerin Spadari
16 "U-118" Pellerin Leppänen
17 "Prisoner in the Skull Cave" Reimerthi Lindahl
18-19 "The Curse of Djudju" DePaul Felmang, Ferri
20 "Bigfoot" Pellerin Boix
21 "The Coffin" Pellerin Bade
22-23 "Secret of the Templar Knights" Reimerthi Leppänen
24 "The Final Days" Pellerin Velluto
25-26 "The Runestone Saga" Pellerin Boix

Previously unpublished newspaper stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
12, 13 "The Deadliest Animals in the Jungle" Falk Barry

Previously published newspaper stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
(24, 25-26), 1 "The Eastern Dark" Falk Barry
2-3, 4 "The Golden Beach of Keela-Wee" Falk Barry
6-7 "Diana Aviatrix Lost" Falk Moore
10-11 "The Phantom's Treasure" Falk Moore
14-15 "Lago the Lake God" Falk McCoy
14-15, 16, 17 "The Third Phantom" Falk Barry
18-19 "The Wild Girl" Falk McCoy
18-19 "The Whispering Grove" Falk Barry
22-23 "Princess Valerie" Falk Moore, McCoy
24, 25-26 "The Forest Giants" Falk Barry
25-26 "Queen Asta of Trondelay" Falk McCoy

Previously published Fratelli Spada stories

Issue Title Writer Artist
10-11 "The Strange Girl" Ferri Ferri

Other comics

  • "Bernard Prince" by Greg and Dany (issues 9, 13, 14-15, 17, 18-19, and 24)
  • "De utvalda" by Nils Lindberg and Gösta Lindwall (issues 20 and 21)
  • "Herman Hedning" by Jonas Darnell (issues 1, 2-3, 4, 5, 6-7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14-15, 16, 17, 18-19, 20, 22-23, 24, and 25-26)
  • "Jerome K. Jerome Bloche" by Alan Dodier (issues 1 and 2-3)
  • "Johnny Hazard" by Frank Robbins (issues 9, 12, and 16)
  • "Kriss de Valnor" by Yves Sente and Giulio de Vita (issues 4 and 5)
  • "Latigo" by Stan Lynde (issue 8 and 13)
  • "Louve" by Yannick le Pennetier and Roman Surzhenko (issues 6-7 and 8)
  • "Thorgal" by Jean Van Hamme and Grzegorz Rosiński (issues 2-3, 10-11, 14-15, 18-19, 22-23, and 25-26)


Fantomen 1 included a publishing schedule poster and Fantomen 16 included a poster of Best Fantomen cover 2011.

See also