For those who came in late, Swedish academic and Phantom phan Robert Aman has had his Phantom thesis turned into a book! His recently released volume The Phantom Comics and the New Left is an extensive examination into The Phantom and the way the stories played an important role in politics in Sweden during the 1960s and 1970s. The book is now being shipped around the world, with many phans having already made their purchase. Robert has graciously appeared on an episode of X-
Sorry for the delay in this podcast but we have been busy with the Phantom bushfire phundraiser - more on that soon! Anyway we discuss all the news from the last two and a half months along with eight Phantom comics from Fantomen (Sweden) and Frew (Australia). If you are looking for an excuse to support us as a Patreon, make sure you listen to the news at the start of the podcast. We announce TWO amazing Patreon-only announcements with the card game that is about to be kickst
2020 looms as a year of sentimentality and celebration in Sweden as we lead up to the 70th Anniversary of the Fantomen magazine, first published way back on October 5 1950. We are led to believe that throughout 2020 we will see nostalgic reprints and new surprises. This begins with the very first issue of the anniversary year, which included a very special version of their traditional "Schedule" poster, featuring a previously unseen Jaime Vallve painting (see bottom of page).
So which did you think were the best Frew issues, stories and covers published in 2019? After a huge response from the phans, the Best of Frew 2019 survey has been run and won. Today we're releasing the results - very exciting! It was an expanded survey this year as we added a "Favourite Issue" category, and we were blown away by the entries - over 230 responses in all. The google form document went into hyperdrive on the last day in particular as votes came in thick and fast
Luca Giorgi is an Italian comic artist who first came to the attention of the broader Phantom community as the cover colourist of Frew #1800, that memorable 2017 Christmas-themed cover by Massimo Gamberi. Luca has since worked closely with Massimo on Phantom projects on several occasions, including colouring the cover of the well known Fumetto #106 [right] as well as Fumo di China #280. Luca also coloured Massimo's carton card from the 2019 The Phantom Gallery: Series 2 tradi
In this relatively short episode, we have a quick bit of Christmas phun!
Joined live by Swedish correspondent Mikael Lyck, the CC team draw the special Patreon Xmas raffle before discussing the best Phantom Christmas presents we've ever received, and then our honest thoughts on the lack of explicitly Christmas themed covers from Fantomen or Frew in 2019.
After musing on our Xmas/New Years wishes for 2020, there's a bit of a laugh while we scare each other with a round rob
In our last Comics & News podcast for 2019, there's a lot to discuss!
2min - Reflecting on Billy Zane
11min - Frew's launch on comiXology
19min - Fantomet's soft cover book sales
23min - Sal Velluto's Lucca prints
25min - Lightning Strikes in Australia
28min - Wulfric Media designs and plans
35min - A new Phantom card game!
48min - Mikael Lyck reviews Fantomen 2019/24, 25-26, and Christmas Album
1hr25 - Frew #1852 - The Sky Band
1hr42 - Frew #1853 - The Pit of Do
For those who came in late In the daily story "The Mysterious Ambassador" (Frew #1101 - 1995 & Fantomen 6/1996) Bengali was reformed into a republic, the people wanted Lamanda Luaga as their president but General Bababu tried to take the power. The Phantom however stopped Bababu. Ever since then Luaga has been the president. At least according to the Daily and Sunday strips. But there is another side to that coin which is Team Fantomen. Team Fantomen started their own product
ChronicleChamber discusses all the latest Phantom news from around the world, including detailed reviews of recent releases from Frew, Egmont, Mythos and Hermes Press. 2m45 - Steve's Lightning Strike visit 6m45 - Stevo's Choice 10m50 - Billy Zane in Australia 17m50 - Sal Velluto prints 20m20 - Brazilian products; Ludi 22m20 - Pod66 apparel 24m55 - Guy Possaint cards 27m50 - News strip creative team, health 30m10 - Lightning Strike news 33m25 - Hermes Press & JFK 35m40 - Phant
Continuing the resurgence of Phantom comic publishing around the world, after a quarter of a century our favourite character has returned to the nation of Hungary. This follows the return to Spain (via Dolmen Editorial in 2018) and Brazil (via Mythos earlier this year). In the late 1980's, Swedish publisher Semic tried to expand their titles in various nations around Europe like Russia, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Most of these forays into other nations only last
The team of Chronicle Chamber chat with Sal Velluto, an Italian American artist who we have admired ever since his work first graced a Fantomen / Frew comic. One thing we were surprised at was he has only been doing Phantom comics, covers and images for 12 years, yet he feels like an elder statesmen who has been at it for years. We learn all about Sal, from growing up in Italy and reading Fratelli Spada comics to working on comics around the world from Egmont / Frew and Herme
Our determination to keep the conversation under two hours this month was thwarted by a few huge recent announcements in the world of the Phantom! With Billy Zane hitting Australian shores in a few short months, two new exciting collections of Phantom merch, and a raft of reading to get through there's a lot to discuss in the world of the Phantom at the moment! Of course, our ever-reliable Scandinavian correspondent Mikael Lyck also gives us his detailed insight into the late
Australia and Sweden have their branch of the LFMBEC, Supanova Sydney has a Chronicle Chamber lunch and USA has their annual phan meet up at Sardi's. Every meeting is different and has it owns uniqueness - Sardi's is no different. On the 8th of June 2019 in New York the FOTP (Friends of the Phantom) group had another lunch with three Phantom artists in attendance in Sy Barry (with his wife Simmy), Luke McDonnell (DC Phantom artist) & Keith Williams (Daily Inker & Moonstone Ar
In the latest X Band podcast Jermayn & Dan have the privilege to chat with Swedish Fantomen editor Mikael Sol.
It is a great conversation as we learn about Mikael the person and Mikael the person behind the Phantom / Fantomen in Sweden. As Mikael is the editor of the magazine and team leader of Team Fantomen which gives us the perfect opportunity to ask Mikael many questions about the Swedish magazine. Some of the questions we asked were: Did Sandal Singh carry the Phantoms
On the back of Mythos from Brazil committing to publish the Phantom in 2019, another publisher called Regal Publishers from India has also started the year off with a positive start. Not only have they published the first licensed Indian Phantom comic for many years, they have also published comics from Lee Falk's other character Mandrake at the same time with more promised to come regularly. India has such a rich history of the Phantom with the comic being published in comic
Even though sometimes it genuinely felt like the universe was trying to stop us recording this podcast, it is that time again. Today, ChronicleChamber looks back over the comics and news that have emerged over the last month or so. The big news this month is of course the Kickstarter campaign for The Phantom: Treasures of Drakon board game that we are so excited about. Unfortunately, the Kickstarter was launched a week after we recorded this so we barely discuss it! But, as w
In the conclusion of this extensive interview with the renowned Italian Phantom artist Felmang, we ask about his favourite stories, his penchant for drawing beautiful women, and creating new stories for Frew. If you haven't read Part 1 yet, do yourself a favour and check it out first! ChronicleChamber: What are some of The Phantom stories that you're most proud of? Felmang: The Lee Falk reprints including Queen Samaris (Fantomen 25/1993 & Frew #1070, #1712), The Mermaids of M
The Phantom is Alive! Long Live the Phantom! Mythos Brazil is back publishing the Phantom. Brazil has such a rich publishing history with the Phantom, and was one of the handful countries that published Phantom comics prior to 1940. In fact at one stage, there were even people who believed that Brazil had published the world's first Phantom comic! Of the South American publishing houses, RGE from Editora Globo has the richest Phantom publishing history, creating their own sto
In a very special X-Band: The Phantom Podcast, the ChronicleChamber team are once again privileged to be joined by living legend Sy Barry. Recorded in early February, we're releasing it today to coincide with the great man's 91st birthday! As any self-respecting phan knows, Sy Barry drew The Phantom Daily and Sunday newspaper strips for 33 years from 1961 to 1994. It's been two years since we last spoke to the great man for a podcast, back in December 2016, episode #53. Sy is
There is lots to love about Frew's 70th Anniversary Trade Paperback, released in Australia in the second half of 2018, but one thing we reckon all phans would have enjoyed is ferreting out all the Easter Eggs in the Pidde Anderson / Shane Foley story Jungle Love. Pidde's script was a fun, light-hearted sequel to Lee Falk and Wilson McCoy's 1950 story The Movie Stars. Artist Shane Foley has clearly gone with the theme and his artwork reflects that tone as well. The creative te