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
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
They're the classic debates you'll hear wherever phans gather to discuss their favourite Phantom stories, characters, comics and collectibles. Do you prefer colour or black & white? Who's your favourite publisher? Who's your favourite artist? To spice up the conversation it's a Sophie’s Choice: we pose a Phantom question with only two answers. Once you've made your selection, the other is lost to you forever! We hope you enjoy the debates and leave you to ponder the questions
There might only be three Frew and two Egmont comic books for us to review since our last Comics and News podcast, but it does not mean it will be a short podcast :) We received a phone call during the podcast by none other than Shane Foley the creator behind the Frew's version of the team up between their characters in The Phantom, Sir Falcon, Catman and The Shadow. Shane gives us a great in depth look at the series and what will happen next. Mikael Lyck also gives us his de
During one of our conversations with one of the most phan phaved Phantom artists from the modern era in Felmang, we discussed some of his assistants including Eugenio Benni (Anthony Benny), and today we remember his death on this day ten years ago back in 2009. Thank you to Felmang for his time and the words about his colleague and friend Eugenio Benny we present a lasting memory on him who worked with over 25+ Phantom stories in a 13 year period between 1992 and 2005 for Tea
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 this day 62 years ago, Fantomen issue 7/1957 was released. Who cares? Well, what makes this issue significant is that it was the first Phantom cover that the legendary cover artist Rolf Gohs had published. His career has spanned across seven decades, with an astonishing 911 covers (you read that correctly - nine hundred and eleven covers!!) and countless other Phantom images that have been published across more than ten countries and several continents! Today we are lucky
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
An entire generation of Phantom phans have grown up on the art of Roy Felmang. Many of us have devoured every beautifully crafted panel, figure and story drawn by the Italian Master who, despite his many pen-names, we most simply know as Felmang. He is credited as the story artist on seven Fratelli Spada stories (published 1967-1970), one hundred Team Fantomen stories (1987-2014) and most recently has started writing and illustrating original stories for Frew Publications in
Who have been the most influential people in the history of The Phantom? It's a huge cast of characters to draw from: there's an 83-year continuity in the newspapers alone, as well as countless other comic creators, promoters, editors and phans contributing over the decades. In this podcast, ChronicleChamber takes on the daunting prospect of identifying and ranking the most important and influential individuals in Phantom history. While #1 may seem obvious to everyone, it wil
News have reached us from Turkey that longtime Phantom artist Özcan Eralp passed away on January 12, 2019. His funeral was held in the Kızıltoprak mosque on January 13, 2019. He was 83 years old. When I was a child, my uncle lived with us for a while and drew The Phantom. Some of the best memories I have, was from when he drew and I was watching, as he explained how the images and speech bubbles would fit together. We always had fun, calm and cozy moments, even though he was
Every year Semic and then Egmont puts out a Christmas Album which is a tradition which started all the way back in 1944 and 2018 is no exception with it already hitting stores late October. For the third year in a row it features a cover from Henrik Sahlström and includes the Facsimile copy of a past annual – this year 1968 includes a traditional cover by Rolf Gohs and the contents. All up the issue is 96 pages, costs 99 sek ($15AU) and includes the following stories. "Kistan
There are times, it is said, when The Phantom should stay out of politics. Our guest in Episode 101 would vehemently disagree! Robert Aman may not yet be a big name in Phantom circles, but the chat we had with him in the podcast may well be one of the most fascinating in the history of X-Band. A Senior Lecturer in Education at Linköping University (Sweden), Robert conducts research into ideology, national identity and the politics of representation in comics. His argument abo
Have you listened to Episode 97 of X-Band: The Phantom Podcast - the Ulf Granberg interview? If so, no doubt you have learnt a lot and may also have been intrigued by his comments when we asked about Lee Falk's opinions about Semic* stories. While of course Lee Falk's work provides the core of The Phantom canon, there are many disputes as to what else can be regarded as 'true' Phantom Lore. Scandinavian authors published stories on the origin of both of the Phantom's rings, a
Mikeal Sol and his team of editorial staff at Fantomen recently took to Facebook and asked for input and questions, and then took the time to answer them individually. I must congratulate Mikeal and the team for doing so and in reading their responses I learnt a bit and wanted to share it. While many responses may not affect the average Frew (or Australian) reader - ChronicleChamber is an interntional phan website and some of their decisions do effect Frew with their created
Those who remembered our podcast interview with Göran Semb back in episode 57 would remember that he had his own podcast talking about comics and pop culture. In his latest podcast (& a future podcast) he is joined with Pidde Andersson. In episode 104 they talk all things Phantom from a writing perspective which makes sense seeing both are highly accredited writers and phans. For majority of Australian fans who do not speak Swedish will miss out on what I hear is a great conv
It was about a month ago we reported that Australian company Mallon Publishing was seeking interest in a 2019 Phantom wall calendar. We are happy to announce that Phantom phans have come through, the interest is there, and Mallon WILL be producing a calendar for 2019! Indeed they have started sending out order forms to registered fans and have even released the beautiful cover image seen on this page. The Rolf Gohs cover image was first published in 1965 by Fantomen in Sweden
It is HERE!! Big shout out to Stephen who battled sickness & family commitments to get this edited and to you for a listen. Opportunities like this do not come along very often. Ulf Granberg is the man behind Egmont through what was a golden age for The Phantom in Scandinavia - he was the editor of the Swedish Phantom comic book, Fantomen from 1973 to 1987, then again from 2003 to 2012. From 1973-2012 Ulf was head of Team Fantomen, the group of creators responsible for produc