The Phantom:
A Publishing History in England

by Bob Griffin and Bryan Shedden

Purnell (1967)

A hardcover compilation album was published by Purnell in 1967. In addition to The Phantom, it included characters such as Mandrake, Secret Agent X9, Prince Valiant, Popeye, and others.
(reference source: Johnson's Official Phantom Price Guide 2nd edition)

Defenders of the Earth (1988)
(Marvel UK Ltd.)

A 28 page one-off reprint of the first issue from the 1987 Marvel series published in the USA.
(reference source: Johnson's Official Phantom Price Guide 2nd edition)

Phantom 2040 (1996)
(Phoenix Press)

An oversize version of the American Phantom 2040 miniseries was reprinted in the UK by a small English outfit called Phoenix Press. There were only three issues in total, measuring 215mm x 300mm (8 1/2" x 11 3/4"). Each full-colour edition sold for £1.50. In order to squeeze the original four Phantom 2040 comics into only three issues, the editors printed one and a half stories in #1 and #2, and the fourth and final story in #3. Phoenix only used the covers from the first three American editions, and two of the original posters were reprinted in issue #3.


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