Le Fantôme Spécial
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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.
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.