The Phantom:
A Publishing History in England

by Bob Griffin and Bryan Shedden

The Phantom has never been terribly popular in England, at least from the standpoint of comic books. The first English Phantom comics were published more than two decades after their American and Australian counterparts. It is perhaps not surprising then that many English Phantom fans are totally unaware of the local comics that have been published in their country. I welcome you to follow the links below and learn a little about the various Phantom Publications from England.

  1. L.Miller & Son (1954-62)
  2. The Comic Albums (1965-67)
  3. World Adventure Library (1967)
  4. The Phantom Annuals (1967-68)
  5. TV Tornado (1967-70)
  6. Alan Class & Co. Ltd. (1960s)
  7. Wolf Publishing (1992-93)
  8. US Reprints (various)

For the "Code" or "Original Source" fields used throughout these documents, D=daily strip, S=Sunday strip, and the number is given by the order of the story in the lists of daily and Sunday strips.

It should also be noted that most of the Gold Key / King / Charlton Phantom comics produced and printed in the USA between 1962 and 1977, were widely distributed in England. Even with these comics, it must have been tough for English Phantom fans to get their "fix"!


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Last updated 1 February 2003