Saved by Fate

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Saved by Fate
Produced for: Fantomen 14/2009
# of pgs: 34
Writer: Anna Jansson
Artist: Hans Lindahl
Original colorist: Reprostugan
Producer: Egmont Kärnan

"Saved by Fate" is a 2009 Team Fantomen story, written by Anna Jansson, with art by Hans Lindahl.

Plot synopsis

Disease are spreading in the jungle and when The 19th Phantom's wife Jane Cary is lying sick in The Skull Cave, she asks that her son Kit is sent away to London. Turan believes that the old Mejo witch may be able to help though. In London Kit meets Mary, the maid of doctor Alexander Fleming, and in his laboratory a piece of moldy bread that by coincidence happens to fall in a petri dish makes Dr Fleming realize the potential to find a cure against bacteria.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • The Mejo witch
  • The 19th Phantom's horse
  • Ellah
  • Simon
  • Mary, Alexander Fleming's maid
  • Mejo priestess
  • Italian farmer

Real-life characters




  • Kit's biplane


Behind the scenes

  • Team Fantomen editor Ulf Granberg contacted Swedish publishing companies and literary agencies to invite Swedish novelists to write a Phantom story. Several writers responded with story ideas, but crime writer Anna Jansson's idea was the only one that finally became a story. Jansson was already a longtime Phantom fan, and previously worked as a nurse which inspired her to write a story about the discovery of penicillin.
  • Since Jansson was not familiar with writing scripts for comics, the writing process for this story was a bit different than usual. Janssons wrote a detailed synopsis which included the dialogue, which was edited by Granberg and then adapted by Hans Lindahl into a comic script. This script was sent to Jansson for approval before Lindahl began drawing the story.
  • The original Swedish title means "Saved by a Coincidence", which is quite a different meaning than the English title that Frew chose.


This story has been published in the following publications:

Mini australia.gif Australia

Mini finland.gif Finland

Mini norway.gif Norway

Mini sweden.gif Sweden