by Dag R Frognes
- The Search for El Dorado Pt.2: The Treasure
- Script: Dag R. Frognes
- Art: Dag R. Frognes
- First published by Egmont, Scandinavia in Nr.3/2002. Original cover shown on the left, thanks to Brian Jensen.
- Message from the Publisher:
We reach the climax of The Search for El Dorado in this issue with the story once again written and illustrated by Dag R. Frognes.
As promised in the introduction to the first part of the adventure, this issue contains some truly brilliant artwork - and one of those rare pages without words! See page 16 for a beautiful jungle and waterfall depiction that says it all without the need for a description. Writer-artist Frognes is a real talent!
In our next issue (on sale March 8), we go back to school at Shymouth, Massachusetts, USA with a new adventure entitled, The New Pupil. Kit finds himself in serious trouble in this story and The Phantom is pushed to the limit to help solve a mystery which threatens to shame the Walker family.
There is at least one more school adventure scheduled for later in 2002 and this sixth saga of Kit and Heloise's school life at Shymouth may - stress the may! - be the last in the series. It has been obvious from the beginning that writer Claes Reimerthi and artist Joan Boix have enjoyed themselves with the series and I, for one, will be sorry if the yet untitled adventure is to be the last in the saga.
At this stage, it looks as though The New Pupil will be followed by another new adventure entitled The Floating Cemetery, written and illustrated by Hans Lindahl. If this story is shuffled around in the Scandinavian schedule, it will probably be replaced by a two-part thriller called The Bank Robbers, written by Lennart Moberg and illustrated by Roy Mann. Watch this space for a news update!
Meanwhile, there are three new American adventures in the wings. One, The Ghost Pirates is now ready and the other two, The War Mongers and another, in which The Phantom and Diana battle a ruthless team of animal hunters on the Isle of Eden, are close to completion.
Thanks to everybody who wrote to say how much they enjoyed our 2002 Annual Special edition. Many of you would be aware that to celebrate the release of our 12th Annual Special, we participated in a promotion with the excellent comics section in the Sydney Sunday Telegraph and by now, a lucky group of enthusiasts will have received their special prize.
And on the subject of things really special .... there will be many more vintage Lee Falk stories published before the end of 2002. With the help of resident historian Barry Stubbersfield, we will ensure all future reprints are accompanied by interesting editorial features which will provide you with loads of historical background, not only about the characters involved and their links with previous Phantom adventures but in many cases, about the events which sparked Lee's ideas for certain stories.
Among the many aspects of Phantom history which have always fascinated me are the early clues given by Lee to explain the origin of The Phantom character - and his original home base.
As all Phantom enthusiasts know, the country in which Morristown, the Deep Woods and the Skull Cave are situated has varied in mysterious fashion over the years. For example, in the original Singh Brotherhood story which began in 1936, The Phantom's home is described as being "on the island of Luntok, Dutch East Indies, a British Protectorate off the coast of Sumatra".
In later years, this location changes and we will explore the reasons why Lee continually, as you will discover, changed his own history. It makes for fascinating reading!