After the death of Phantom and Mandrake creator Lee Falk in 1999, Australian fans Tony Di Dio and Richard Fry organised a wake for the great man to honour his memory and the on-going love for his creations that is shared around the world. Due to the success of the wake Di Dio and Fry decided to make these gatherings regular occurrences and thus the Lee Falk Memorial Bengali Explorer’s Club was born.
It was not long until international fans started to join the Club, including Swedes Brian Jensen and Torbjörn Onegård. During a trip to the Phantom theme park in Eskilstuna in June, 2000 the two decided to ask for permission to begin a Scandinavian chapter of the Club. Of course permission was given and on the 16th of September that year the first dinner of the Scandinavian Chapter of the LFMBEC was held.
Both the Australian and Scandinavian Chapters of the LFMBEC have contributed greatly to the Phantom community and the larger community in which they exist. Each of the Australian Chapter’s dinners is accompanied by an auction of rare and desirable Phantom collectables. All proceeds from these auctions are donated to Sydney’s Children’s’ Hospital at Westmead.
In 2011 the Scandinavian Chapter released Lee Falk: Storyteller, the most definitive biography of Lee Falk’s life and work. Nothing like it had been produced previously and it is sure to remain a must-have collectable among Lee Falk fans for years to come.
ChronicleChamber.com supports both Chapters of the LFMBEC as much as we can, and you’ll often find members of the CC Team and forum at the Australian Chapter’s dinners. We’ll report news and diner dates from each Chapter here on CC when they are made available.
For news on the Australian Chapter and Scandinavian Chapter, see HERE.
If you are interested in becoming part of or learning more about the Australian Chapter you can e-mail Richard.
If you are interested in becoming part of or learning more about the Scandinavian Chapter you can visit their web site HERE.