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X-Band: Phantom Podcast #272 - December 2023 & January 2024 Comics & News Review

Jermayn Parker, Stephen East and Dan Fraser sit down and discuss the latest Phantom comics and news from not one but two mammoth months. This includes everything Phantom related from around the world including products, comics, creator changes and much more.

Normally we try and review everything once a month but December 2023 was busy. So please sit down, grab a milk (or wine if your a post modern phan) and watch / listen to us as we review and discuss the latest from a Phantom perspective for the past two months.

Now is the time to subscribe to our YouTube Channel, website and or our social media platforms in Facebook, Twitter and or Instagram.

Please note, we will review the Frew 2024 Annual in a standalone podcast next.

If your one of the phans who can only listen to some parts of the podcast, below is a timeline of what we discussed.

Frew (Australia) Phantom Comics:

  • Frew #1959: 4 Minutes

    • "Rak-Ah's Star" by Daniel Carlsson and Anthony Spay

    • "Bad Blood in Bangalla, Part 1: The Old Devil Road" by Shane Foley

  • Frew #1960: 20 Minutes

    • "The Ingenues" by Tony DePaul and Jeff Weigel

    • "The Chronicle of Old Man Mozz" by Tony DePaul and Mike Manley

    • "Death in the Himalayas" by Tony DePaul and Mike Manley

    • "Phantom's End" by Tony DePaul, Mike Manley, and Scott Cohn

  • Frew #1961: 43 Minutes & 30 Seconds

    • "Ghost of Ships Past, Part 2" by Andrew Constant and Jason Paulos

    • "Ghost of Ships Past, Part 3" by Andrew Constant and Jason Paulos

    • "Of Man and Beast, Part 1" by Andrew Constant and Jason Paulos

Fantomen (Sweden) Phantom Comics:

  • Fantomen 25-26/2023: 1 Hour

    • "Storstadstrubbel" ("The Ingenues") by Tony DePaul and Jeff Weigel

    • "Fången i Marrakech" ("The Prisoner in Marrakech") by Janne Lundström and Jaime Vallvé

German Phantom Comics:

  • Wick #5: 1 Hour, 4 Minutes & 30 Seconds

    • "Die Sensationsreportage" ("The Sensational Reportage") by Peter Mennigen and José María Ortiz Tafalla

    • "Der Piratenfreund" ("The Pirate Friend") by Peter Mennigen and José María Ortiz Tafalla

  • Wick #6: 1 Hour, 7 Minutes & 15 Seconds

    • "Die Uranfalle" ("The River Pirates of Sambesi") by Peter Mennigen and José María Ortiz Tafalla

  • Zauberstern #101 Hour, 8 Minutes & 45 Seconds

    • "Der Wandelnde Geist" ("The Ghost Who Walks") by Peter David, Joe Orlando, and Dennis Janke

    • "Schatten der Vergangenheit" ("Across the Great Divide") by Peter David, Joe Orlando, and Dennis Janke

    • "Zeit der Vergeltung" ("In Over Their Heads") by Peter David, Joe Orlando, and Dennis Janke

    • "Das Phantom schlägt zurück!" ("The Phantom Strikes Back") by Peter David, Joe Orlando, and Dennis Janke

Daily / Sunday Newspaper Stories Progress

  • Daily 264: "The Journey Home": 1 Hour, 12 Minutes & 30 Seconds

  • Daily 265: "The Chain": 1 Hour, 16 Minutes & 30 Seconds

  • Sunday 194: "The Commander Will See You Now": 1 Hour, 32 Minutes & 30 Seconds

Phantom News From Around the World

  • Bundaberg Phantom art exhibition Closing Soon (link): 1 Hour, 40 Minutes & 30 Seconds

  • New Phantom Themed Beer Released in 2024 (link): 1 Hour & 41 Minutes

  • Mad Cave Studio’s Announce DotE TPB (link): 1 Hour, 44 Minutes & 30 Seconds

  • Frew Release Digital Comics for 2022 (link): 1 Hour, 47 Minutes & 45 Seconds

  • Frew Best Of 2023 Results (link): 1 Hour, 53 Minutes & 30 Seconds

  • Fantomen Best Adventure for 2023 Vote now open (link): 1 Hour & 54 Minutes

  • Editions Dante New Products: 1 Hour, 55 Minutes & 30 Seconds

    • Lithograph set (link)

    • New Moonstone TPB vol 3 released in March 2024 (link)

  • Walmir Amaral Passes (link): 1 Hour & 57 Minutes

  • Phantom Creators & Australian Creators having Artwork displayed in China (link): 2 Hours & 30 Seconds

You can email us at or chat with us via our social media profiles with your feedback at Facebook, Twitter and or Instagram. We would love some feedback on what we discussed on the podcast and on the following topics:

  • Is there room for both an Indian and Australian publisher to print a TPB of the "Wrack and Ruin" saga?

  • Do you prefer Christmas themed covers?

  • Can you handle multiple Frew stories being started & not finished? Or would you prefer having one at a time?

  • Do you like Phantom by Gaslight?

  • Are you a phan of the Lee Falk story titled "The Chain"?

  • What is your views on the new art by Bret Blevins? What about the theory from Team CC, that we will evolve and grow to like any style? Do you subscribe to that?

  • Can you handle your Phantom Lore being changed or modified?

  • Did you go to the Bundaberg gallery? Please give us your thoughts.

  • Has anyone brought and drunk the Phantom themed beer from Finland?

The Phantom community is amazing and we are asking for help. If you can help in the following areas, please contact us:

  • If you're from Greece, France, Hungry and or Brazil and you would like to review the comics that come from your country for Chronicle Chamber, please contact us.

  • We are still chasing someone who can review and taste the Finnish beer for us. If you can help, please contact us. We will even pay for the beer to be brought - Free Beer!

  • Are there any Phantom phans who understand the copyright law? Please get in touch with us.

  • Does anyone have a copy of the A&E Biography episode of the Phantom? We would love a copy for the Phantom Preservation Project.

Make sure you stay with us and do not forget to subscribe and leave a review on our podcast and or our YouTube Channel.


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