The Phantom publications in Germany

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The Phantom has been featured in several publications in Germany (or West Germany, prior to 1990). From the late 1980's until 2022 there was no Phantomcomic released in Germany. Currently, there are four regular Phantom publications.

Wick is currently publishing all the storys, which are painted by José María Ortiz Tafalla.

Zauberstern has published every other month a mixture of US, Australian, Swedish and newspaper stories.

ECR is publishing the newspaper stories by Sy Barry from old newspaperreprints.

Kult Comics started publishing stories from French illustrator Jean-Yves Mitton, together with various authors, which created stories for the Swedish magazine Fantomen.


Serialized "The Phantom" titles

Title Year(s) Issues
Phantom-Heft 1952-1955 35
Phantom 1966-1969 26
Super Sonderheft 1971-1973 2
Phantom (Kelter Abenteuer) 1974-1976 15
Phantom 1974-1983 238
Phantom Super-Band 1979-1983 ?
Phantom Pocket 1976-1979
1980-1984
15
25
Topix 1976-1978 3
Phantom Spezial 1980-1982 49
Phantom (Incos) 1996-1997 4
Phantom (Wick) 2022-present 6*
Phantom (Zauberstern) 2022-present 10*
Phantom (ECR) 2023-present 1*
Das Phantom 2023-present 1*

*As of the turn of 2023/2024.

"The Phantom" one-shots

Title Year
Americana München 1971
Bibliothek der Grossen Comics 1982
Das Phantom (Bibliothek der phantastischen Abenteuer) 1988
Das Phantom (Movie novel) 1998
Sammlerherzchen #1 2023
Flash Gordon #6 2024

Anthology appearances

Title Year
Comics - Weltbekannte Zeichenserien 1 1971
Comics - Weltbekannte Zeichenserien 2 1972
Comics - Weltbekannte Zeichenserien 5 1975

As backup title

Title Issue(s)
Buntes Allerlei 1-42/1953 (42 in total)
Mandra 1-2/1967 (2 in total)
Blitz Gordon 2-3/1967 (2 in total)
Die Sprechblase 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 26, 29, 30, 32, 33, 35, 37 & 158 (14 in total)

In newspapers

Title Sundays/dailies Period Comment
Abendpost Nachtausgabe dailies ? - 70's - ?
Abendzeitung dailies ?
Die Hamburger Morgenpost dailies 1949-19??
Frankfurter Nachtausgabe dailies 1951-19??
Nacht-Depesche dailies 1960s?

In magazines

Title Sundays/dailies Period Comment
Das Neue Blatt Sundays ?

In addition, American magazine Overseas Weekly have been distributed and sold in Germany. It was a publication destined to the American forces in Europe (the main part of them were in Germany) and it included a comics supplement - like the usual American newspapers.

Reference publications

Title Year
Die Sprechblase #11 1978
Comic Rundschau #13 1991
Die Sprechblase #158 1997
Bastei Freunde #26 2009
Reddition #71 2020
Lee Falks PHANTOM 2022
Die Sprechblase #247 2023
Comic Rundschau #17 2023