|Born:||March 16, 1941|
|Occupation:||Writer, Editorial people|
| Best Story (Sweden) |
2008: "The Castaways"
Jan "Janne" Lundström (born 1941) is a Swedish writer.
In the late 1960's, Lundström and Magnus Knutsson edited the Italian Phantom stories produced by Fratelli Spada that were currently being published in the Fantomen comic book. Eventually, Knutsson and Lundström got the opportunity to write completely new scripts, and took the chance to modernize the Phantom comic which had been criticized for some time in Sweden. They brought in more up to date storylines that reflected the current situation in Africa.
Lundström was the main writer of Team Fantomen for most of the 1970's. His big interest in history also laid the foundation for the very popular historical stories about previous Phantoms, which has been a cornerstone of the Swedish Phantom production.
Before the Team Fantomen production really had taken off, Lundström also provided scripts for two Fratelli Spada stories (edited together as one story when reprinted in Sweden) in 1972. This was an experiment, to make the Fratelli Spada stories more in line with what was published in Fantomen and not require so much editing before being reprinted in Sweden. However, the Fratelli Spada production ended the following year so this experiment was never repeated.
In 1968, Lundström was one of the founders of Seriefrämjandet (The Swedish Comics Society), along with Magnus Knutsson.
Lundström was editor of the Swedish X9 (re-named Agent X9 in 1971) comic book from the start 1969 to 1975. In the beginning, this comic book also contained Phantom stories.
In 1977, Lundström left the Phantom when he created his own comic strip "Johan Vilde" ("Johan the Savage"), about a Swedish boy in the 1600's that is raised by an African tribe in the Swedish African colonies. The comic was illustrated by Jaime Vallvé and they produced four albums in total. After that, Lundström began to write children's books about Johan Vilde.
Other comics written by Lundström after he left "The Phantom" were "Gerillaserien" ("The Guerilla Series") and one album of "Mystiska 2:an" (drawn by Rolf Gohs). From the 1990's and onwards, he mostly wrote books. In 1991, he became a member of the Swedish Children's Book Academy.
In 2007, Lundström returned to writing Phantom stories sporadically. Since then, he has won the Best Story vote five times in Sweden and three times in Norway.
Phantom work by Janne Lundström
Team Fantomen stories
Fratelli Spada stories
|1||"The Last of the Singh Pirates"||Lundström||Cambiotti, Lombardi|
|2||"The Fountain of Mystery"||Lundström||Cambiotti, Lombardi|