Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The Phantom newspaper strip has been running continually for nearly 70 years! Holy cow. I really respect that.
I was a big reader of the monthy Phantom comic as a kid. The Phantom was much bigger in Scandinavia than in the States, with tons of monthly comics stories being produced and published by Egmont in Copenhagen, which also produces tons of Donald Duck comics for many decades. It was odd for me to find out that a Danish company was doing this, when I thought that only the "big countries" had the muscle.
And apparently the monthly comic (bi-weekly?) continues even today in Sweden. I haven't seen a Danish version for many years, I think.
I was amused to remember that seemingly every story at some point had the Phantom ("Fantomet") being knocked unconscious, and usually had to be rescued by his dog.
At least the costume in Scandinavia is dark blue, not purple. I mean, purple? Really? In the Jungle?
His costume by the way is remarkable, it's apparently the first skin-tight superhero type costume created. Which makes it even more remarkable that it was made for a jungle hero. I mean, he really does not look like a jungle warrior. Just for one thing, he has no camouflage.
The Phantom is at least as silly as any other superhero, but it has some basic appeal, on almost a kitch level. The idea of the custome being passed on from father to son, so everybody thinks he is 400 years old (470 now), is great. And the cranium grotto, and so on. Wonderful stuff.