Christian Moller reviews the "Lee Falk's Phantom" - History of the Phantom in Germany book by Christian Blees'.
"Lee Falk's Phantom" is a reference work not only for Phantom fans, but for anyone interested in comics. Christian Moller goes through the book in great detail. If you are still umming and ahhing about the book, watch this video and let it change your mind.
Please note that the special edition edition has been sold out. If you want one, you may have to use eBay to find your copy.
Size: 17 x 24 cm
244 colored pages
Regular Price: €29.95 Special Edition Price: €39.95
The first part (called Roots and Sources) deals with the publication history and origins of the character in the U.S.A., including chapters not only on the different artists (not the ones which came after Sy Barry, though, as his stories were the last ones printed in Germany), but also on the different comic book publishers and their issues, authors and artists.
Then come the Swedish and Italian publishers/issues of which quite a lot (about 90 from Italy and 150 from Sweden) later were reprinted by Bastei in their Phantom comic books and digests.
In the second part (The Phantom in Germany) it tells the (more or less) complete story of how and when The Phantom appeared in Germany, including the daily strips in the newspapers (and also the novels).
Sometimes the focus on particular stories, showing how the German editors edited (and sometimes complete rewrote!) stories from the U.S., Sweden and Italy for their different publications.
The third part is called Paths Through the Jungle and has 20 different tables that cover ALL PHANTOM STORIES EVER PUBLISHED IN GERMAN LANGUAGE, telling which story was published when and in which publication under which title, and if (and how much) it was edited.
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