Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Rainbow Phantom!


This made me smile. The Phantom remains among the sturdiest heroes across the globe, in whatever color your prefer.


Here's the purple Phantom I grew up with and know -- purple tights and those outrageous strip shorts. This is the primary Phantom as far as I can tell.


Here is the red Phantom from Italy. For whatever reason he was given a red costume in that region and it stuck. He's sure easy to see.


In Sweden The Ghost Who Walks is blue. Maybe it's because it so much colder up there, but still the Phantom is, still the concept holds.


And here's the original Phantom, the grey Phantom, which was the intended color by Falk. It was changed to make the hero pop off the page a bit more I suspect. But I like the idea of this Phantom, it's very...well..."Phantomy".


UPDATE: It's confirmed (by the artist himself) that the Phantom cover above by Reno Maniquis is an homage to the vintage Detective Comics #241. Thanks Reno for brightening our day.

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  1. Maybe stating the obvious here, it's a direct homage to Detective Comics #241.

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    1. You are correct and we have confirmation from the artist himself. Sharp eye.

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  2. Yeah, Russ is touching on one of my questions. Is there a story that goes with that cover, and if so - does it parallel Detective 241?
    Another Q - does that say 2011 on the cover? I know that logo, but it stopped publishing back in 1990. Has it resumed?

    I prefer the 'smoky' look, too.

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    1. Comics Revue is still with us and publishing several times a year. The cost per issue is pretty high and I don't get it, but I might make an exception for this particular piece of work.

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  3. I'm glad this made you smile! It just hit me one day that The Phantom was an obvious choice to homage Detective Comics #241, seeing as how he had different colored costumes around the world.

    I originally did this for my blog, and Rick Norwood of the Comics Revue asked if he could use it as a cover. And, no, there is no corresponding story inside the mag to go with the cover, but I kinda wished there was!

    It's the June 2019 issue, so it just came out this month.

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    1. Thank you sir for some really clever and well-crafted work. The Phantom is indeed the ideal character for this particular reference. I've seen this image with a Charlton Bullseye on it, is that the original?

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  4. Yes, the one with the Charlton Bullseye was the original cover layout.

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