The Phantom:
A Publishing History in Australia

by Bryan Shedden

Comic Shops

Back issues of Frew Phantom comics can be purchased from most specialist comic shops in Australia. Here's a list of comic shops which you can try for obtaining back issues of Phantom comics. Many of these shops only sell new comics and don't keep much in the way of back issues:


Comic Quest
PO Box 1500, Moorabbin, VIC 3189, Ph/Fax (03) 9557 3405
It is my personal opinion that you should not need to shop anywhere else but here. Large stocks of excellent quality back issues at the best prices around. Also has Phantom rings and comic supplies (backing boards, comic bags, etc).
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Comics Oz
On-line seller of new and back issue comics, run by the former owners of Bendigo Books.
Go to the Comics Oz web-site

Bendigo Books
Shop 6, Abbott Arcade, Lyttleton Tce., Bendigo, VIC 3550, Ph. (03) 5441 1612, Fax (03) 5441 8815
A small stock of about 100-200 comics only from 600 on.

Camberwell Books & Collectibles
207 Camberwell Rd., East Hawthorn, VIC 3123, Ph. (03) 9882 1716, Fax (03) 9882 3287
Specialises in the older back issues with excellent stocks of pre-500's. Also deal in pre-1960's Phantom collectibles (Phantom Club rings etc.), but have none in stock at present.

Alternate Worlds
Postal Address: PO Box 1278, Windsor, VIC 3181
76 Chapel St, Windsor, VIC, Ph. (03) 9529 2255, Fax (03) 9529 2040
744 Burke Rd, Camberwell, VIC, Ph. (03) 9882 0348
Virtually everything you could want that is Phantom. They have very large stocks of Frew back issues, and many American Phantom comics (Gold Key etc.).

Comics 'R' Us
114 Chapel St, Windsor, VIC 3181, Ph. (03) 9510 1584
164 Russell st, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Ph. (03) 9663 8666
112 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood, VIC 3134, Ph. (03) 9870 3841
Limited stocks of Frew back issues from about 600's upwards. Also have trading cards, T-shirts, caps, rings, posters, etc.

Paladin Comics
PO Box 12092, A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC 8006, Ph. (03) 9384 1177, Fax (03) 9384 1977
Accepts on-line credit-card orders for the most recent issues (about the last 100 issues).
Go to the Paladin Comics web-site

Cat's Cradle Comics
36 Sydney Rd, Coburg, VIC Ph. (03) 9386 8885
Limited stocks of Frew back issues from 500's upwards, and a few spare DC issues. Shop opening hours are Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat from 12.30pm to 6pm.

Windy Hill Comics
37 Rose St, Essendon, VIC 3040, Ph. (03) 9331 0702
Some Frew back issues from 500's upwards. Don't carry much in the way of Phantom collectables any more.

Classic Comics
50 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Ph. (03) 9663 7210
A few hundred back issues from 400's on, plus some of the trading cards.

The Avant Garden Bookshop
Trefor John and Grant Barlow, 46 Vincent St, Daylesford, VIC 3460, Ph. (03) 5348 1288
Apparently have a good range of Phantom comics, including a copy of Frew #3 for $2500!


The Phantom Shop
PO Box 95, Peregian Beach, QLD 4573, Ph. & Fax (074) 482 355
This is the trading name for the mail order outlet of The Indepedent Phantom Club of Australia. Back issue Phantom comics can be purchased at very reasonable prices. Also has some New Zealand, American, and British Phantom comics available, plus piles of miscellaneous collectables.

Comics Etc...
79-81 Elizabeth St, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Ph. (07) 3229 4446, Fax. (07) 3229 4090
The proprietor of this shop is Nigel Johnson, author of Johnson's Official Phantom Price Guide. Comic Etc stocks an enormous range of Phantom comics and collectables, many of which are from Nigel's personal collection. A quick scan of their current prices (June 2004) suggests that they're about the same as in the price guide. The second edition of the price guide is still available for sale, however this will be replaced by a CD in the future.
Go to the Comics Etc. web-site

Skull Cave Comics
Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217, Ph. (07) 5526 7400

Millennium Comics & Collectables
245 Musgrave St, North Rockhampton, QLD 4700, Ph. (079) 225 733, Fax (079) 228 836
A small stock of Frew back issues from 700's on.
Go to the Millennium Comics web-site

462A Ipswich Rd, Annerley, QLD 4103, Ph. (07) 3848 7362, Fax (07) 3848 7804

Another Planet Comics
Nerang St, Southport, QLD 4215, Ph. (07) 5532 7460

Top of the Range Comic Shop
390 Ruthuen St, Toowoomba, QLD 4350, Ph. (076) 32 1170

New South Wales

Comic Kingdom
71 Liverpool St, Sydney, NSW 2000, Ph. (02) 9267 3629
Keep a good stock of pre-900s behind the front counter at the street level section of the shop, and 900s+ can be found in the first floor section. Has a decent range of Phantom collectables available for sale, including glass tumblers and the Phantom cut-out wallhanger.
Go to the Comic Kingdom web-site

Kings Comics
310 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW 2000, Ph. (02) 9267 5615 Fax. (02) 9261 8617
Fox Studios, Shop G07, 220 Bent St, Moore Park, NSW 1365, Ph. (02) 9332 1899, Fax. (02) 9332 1877
Very limited range of Phantom stuff. Worth a look if you're passing by, but not worth the effort of mail order.
Go to the Kings Comics web-site

The Phantom Zone
Postal Address: 21 Anderson St, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Ph. (02) 9411 3709
21 Anderson St, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Ph (02) 9411 3709
Shop 22C Horwood Pl, Parramatta, NSW 2150, Ph (02) 9891 1848
This chain of comic stores was originally founded by Glenn Ford, a cover artist for Frew Phantom comics, but is now managed by a board of directors. The Phantom Zone stores concentrate primarily on non-Phantom comics, but you can pick up the odd back issue (Wolf, DC, Frew), trading cards, and miscellaneous collectables. Incidentally, "The Phantom Zone" is NOT named after The Phantom, as most people tend to think -- the name derives from Superman comics.
Go to the Phantom Zone web-site

The Vault Comics
33 Moonah Rd, Alfords Point, NSW 2234, Ph (0412) 026 797, Fax (02) 9541 2948
Go to The Vault web-site

The Comic Bug
99 O'Brien St, Bondi, NSW 2026, Ph. (02) 9365 5074

Chatswood Comic Book Shop
460 Victoria Ave, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Ph. (02) 9904 6159

Alternate Worlds
Postal Address: PO Box 1278, Windsor, VIC 3181
1A/451 Swift St, Albury, NSW, Ph. (060) 41 5592
Refer entry in "Victoria" section.

Comic Book Nostalgia
PO Box 342, Oatley, NSW 2223, Ph. (02) 9586 2100
A large stock of back issue from #100 to present. Write for a Phantom catalogue (enclose a 45c postage stamp for postage within Australia only), or send your wants list. Comic Book Nostalgia sell many American, Australian and English comics from 1920 to 1990. Publisher of Australian Comics 1924-1966; An Index and Price Guide.

Graphic Novel Cards & Comics
8 Pacific St, Newcastle, NSW 2300, Ph. (049) 26 1420

South Australia

Adelaide Comics Centre
Charles St, Adelaide, SA 5000, Ph. (08) 8223 5593
Go to the Adelaide Comics web-site

The Comics Shop
Millers Arcade, 28-30 Hindley St, Adelaide, SA 5000, Ph. (08) 8231 2566

Western Australia

Quality Comics
872 Hay St, Perth, WA 6000, Ph. (09) 321 2168
Go to the Quality Comics web-site


Iceberg Comics
3 Churchers Ave, Devonport, TAS 7310, Ph. (004) 24 3951

Australian Capital Territory

Dee's Book & Comic Shop
Cnr Cohen & Lathlan St, Belconnen, ACT 2617, Ph. (06) 253 2277
Has about 100-200 issues from 700 onwards.

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Bryan Shedden /
Last updated 23rd September 2008