THE PHANTOM 80th Anniversary Book from Egmont at Gothenburg Book Fair

Egmont launched the Swedish edition of their PHANTOM 80th anniversary commemorative book at the Gothenburg Book Fair at the end of September along with much-beloved PHANTOM editor, Ulf Granberg. The Gothenburg Fair is the largest cultural event in Scandinavia and receives over 100,000 visitors annually.

Ulf Granberg at the PHANTOM 80 release party



Everyone knows the fans in Australia are SUPER FANS when it comes to The Phantom. To celebrate the masked hero’s 80th Anniversary this year, King Features Australian agent, Merchantwise, staged a competition. Entrants had to purchase The Phantom 2016 Annual from Frew Publishing, and refer to the back inside cover ad to find out how to enter.

The big Prize Package, with a total retail value of $550, included:

  • Three (3) x 12 “ limited-edition Phantom statues
  • One (1) Funko pop vinyl Phantom
  • One (1) 3D hero lamp
  • One (1) 2016 collectible stamp pack

The Phantom 80th Anniversary CompetitionEntrants had to answer this question in 50 words or less: “Why do you still read the Phantom and how has the Phantom influenced your life?” They also had to send in a photo of their personal Phantom collection.

The single Major Prize winner has been chosen! Congratulations to  NOAH WARNEKEN!!!

The Phantom 80th Anniversary Competition WinnerAnd it’s no wonder. Check out his answer:

“I started liking Phantom comics when my pop gave me a copy of an old Phantom comic he had.

“Now I’m ADDICTED. I use my pocket money to buy them. They make me WANT to read (I didn’t like reading before) — I love THEM!!!!!!!!!”

Way to go, Noah!







Paul Ryan Tribute issue insideThe folks at Frew Publications in Australia have published The Phantom comic books since 1948. Following the untimely death in March of King Features artist Paul Ryan, the Frew crew decided to release a special tribute issue – in color – to commemorate the man and his artwork on the beloved comic.

Paul Ryan Tribute issue coverThe Paul Ryan Tribute (issue #1748) features what they call a Kiwi (back) Cover, which is pictured above. Frew will also issue a Signature Series version, new for 2016. One hundred copies of each new comic issue are reserved and will be signed by the cover artist. These Signature Series issues come sealed in a poly bag with a backer board and certificate of authenticity signed by the Frew Crew. Paul’s long-time writing partner, Tony DePaul, has agreed to sign the Signature Series covers for this Tribute issue.

Kudos to our friends Down Under at Frew!