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Vale Bill Harris

In early January Bill Harris, former The Phantom writer and editor, passed away aged 84.

Mark Evanier, career comic writer and now blogger, reported Harris' passing in his blog earlier this week. The following extract has been taken from Mark's report, but we encourage you to follow this link and read it in full:

Comic book writer-editor Bill Harris died January 8 at the age of 84. ...

He was proudest of his editorial work on Western's Bullwinkle comics and of his writing work on the comic starring Lee Falk's classic character, The Phantom.

In 1966 when the King Features newspaper syndicate attempted to start their own line of comics, Bill was hired as editor of its small list of titles which included Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, The Phantom, Blondie, Beetle Bailey and Popeye. The line was not successful, lasting a little over a year ...

Australian readers were treated to Harris' work as recently as late 2017 in Frew #1798, with the inclusion of part 2 of his The Phantom's Boyhood in their 40th Wedding Anniversary Special.

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