Le Fantôme Spécial

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Le Fantôme Spécial was the title of two French comic series dedicated to "The Phantom".

First series

The first series was based on the Italian series L'Uomo Mascherato Super Albo. The French series was published by Les Editions des Remparts, a French comics editor based in Lyon, but it was printed in Italy by Fratelli Spada. It was also occasionally distributed in Quebec, Canada by Presses Selection Limitée in Montreal.

99 issues were published from 1963 to 1973. It was published in a larger format than the regular Le Fantôme series, and was monthly for most of its run. Unsold copies were later glued together with a new outer cover and sold as "albums". A total of 21 albums, containing issue 48 to 99, were published.

The issues featured dailies and Sundays, from Ray Moore to Sy Barry, sometimes Fratelli Spada stories, and occasionally other back-up comics.

Issue overview

Regular series

1963 1 2 3 4  
1964 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
1965 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
1966 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
1967 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52
1968 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64
1969 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75  
1970 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86  
1971 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95  
1972 96 97 98  
1973 99  

Albums

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Second series

The second series began in 1973, the same year that the first series ended. This time it was in an album format, based on The Phantom albums from Fratelli Spada's I Quaderni del Fumetto series.

After six albums, the format changed drastically to a pocket book in 1977. The series was now based on another Italian series called Phantom Selezione, and also changed name to Phantom Spécial, but kept the same numbering. From #17, the title returned to Le Fantôme Spécial which it kept until the end with #22 in 1979.

Unsold copies were later glued together with a new outer cover and sold as "albums". A total of 6 albums, containing issue 7 to 18, were published.

Issue overview

Regular series

1973 1 2  
1974 3 4  
1975 5  
1976 6  
1977 7 8 9 10  
1978 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
1979 19 20 21 22  

Albums

1 2 3 4 5 6

See also