Moonstone are back publishing the Phantom again!
Moonstone Books had a successful publishing history of the character for 8 years between 2002 and 2010. What may be a surprise to many phans is that no other USA based publisher has published as many comics and new Phantom stories as what Moonstone did.
Moonstone stories are even today still very well received by phans. Their stories are still being republished all around the world including Australia, France, Norway, Germany, Greece, Brazil and Turkey.
After a horrible mix up between KFS, Moonstone and Dynamite Entertainment in 2010, they lost the license and the Phantom has suffered in the USA since. Thankfully 13 years later Moonstone has signed up for the license again!
Not only will they be releasing comics featuring the Phantom but we have learnt that Mandrake and Lothar will also be joining him on adventures.
A huge thanks to owner and publisher Joe Gentile and senior writer and editor Mike Bullock who have confirmed the exciting news with Chronicle Chamber.
At this stage no dates for their first comic to be published has been released but the plan is the first comic will be released in the first half of 2024.
Mike Bullock continues his role as the senior writer and editor and will be joined by several artists. One will be Argentinian Sergio Ibáñez. Those eagle eyed phans would have noticed some cryptic tease posts on Mike Bullock's social media the last couple of months.
Initially the release of the comic will bi-monthly and released in a collection comic featuring stories of the Phantom, Mandrake and other Moonstone characters. We can confirm that there will be at least one crossover adventure featuring Mandrake and the Phantom. The Phantom stories will be released in short installments and some of the stories will be in black and white.
Perhaps the biggest question most phans will be asking is how can they get the comics?
At this stage normal distribution will be with US/Canada. For the Australian, Sweden, India and other markets the best option is to contact your local comic shop and get them ordered in via their Diamond Comic Distribution orders or you can buy them direct from Moonstone's own website.
Obviously more details will be released closer to the 2024 date but Joe and Mike did share that the Phantom in their stories will be the 21st and will be featuring stories about the current environment of Africa much like they did a decade ago with child soldiers, blood diamonds, poverty, and slavery.
Joe Gentile and or Mike Bullock have agreed to come on a future podcast with the crew at X-Band: The Phantom Podcast. If you have any questions you would like to see asked, please ask on our socials or email at email@example.com.
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