Frew #1437
by the photocopier
(this edition is the 1465th actually printed)

Release Date: 3 Feb 2006

  • Pages: 36
  • Price: $2.50 inc. GST
  • Cover: the photocopier
  • Two pages of Phantom Forum in this issue

Fantomen Nr.17/1986
by Rolf Gohs

  • Pirate Hunt
    • Script: Norman Worker
    • Art: Kari Leppänen
    • First published in Fantomen Nr.17/1986 by Semic, Sweden. Original cover shown on the left, thanks to Ulf Granberg.

  • Message from the Publisher:
    In this issue, another golden oldie from Scandinavia appearing for the first time in a Frew edition.
    Pirate Hunt, written by the late Norman Worker and illustrated by Kari Leppänen, originally appeared in 1986, but still stands up as a near-classic example of comics story-telling. All the ingredients are here ... the original Jungle Patrol, pirates, exotic eastern locations, treachery, evil doers, battles - and a quite surprising turn of events involving a group of determined women who decide they can match their men! You will even like the villains! Artist Leppänen has dug deep into his apparently bottomless well of imagination to portray them as truly frightening characters! Worker's script is tight and the continuity works perfectly. Leppänen's art is, as always, highly detailed. It remains a mystery how Kari has maintained such an exquisite standard for so many years. Remember, he illustrated this story almost 20 years ago! Enjoy!
    Our next issue will be a very special one! Frew #1438 70th Birthday Special will go on sale on 17 February to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Lee Falk's most famous comics creation, The Phantom. To celebrate the occasion, we will publish a 100-page special showcasing the work of Ray Moore, Wilson McCoy and Sy Barry. But that's not all! As a special bonus for Phantom enthusiasts, we will include in the package, a 36-page separate publication dedicated to Lee Falk's incredible career. The 36-page bonus edition is Frew's gift to you! The normal retail price of a 100 page issue in Australia is $5.50 including GST. There will be no price increase for this one-off publishing event! The 36-page bonus edition comes absolutely free! It features a brilliant full colour front cover by Sy Barry, wrapping Lee's life story. The Falk biography reveals how he entered the comics industry, his long involvement in theatre, many previously unpublished facts about his family life, loads about his interests away from comics and the theatre, what he did during World War Two, his relationships with all the artists who illustrated both Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom. His entire chronology of daily and Sunday Phantom stories and his involvement in the famous line of Avon Phantom novels is also included. Want to know what sports he followed and his favourite foods? You will not only find out, but we have also tracked down his personal recipe for Caesar Salad with garlic croutons! It's so good the world-famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York obtained his permission to include it on their menu! We'll bring it to you step by step! Far more important, you will find out many fascinating things about Lee Falk the man. What were his favourite comics and who were his favourite comics creators, his favourite plays and poetry ... what did his peers and his most diehard fans think of him? Look for responses from such notables as Sy Barry, Professor Robert J Griffin, Ed Rhoades, Pete Klaus, even the famous actor Jose Ferrer! You will find out which Phantom stories were his favourites (you will be surprised!). There are loads of photographs and the vast majority have never been published. Some were shot by myself in Lee's New York apartment and some, now near priceless, were taken on the set of The Phantom movie on the Queensland Gold Coast.

    70th Birthday Special
    On sale Friday 17 February 2006

Jim Shepherd

Future issues planned as of 20 Nov 2005 (subject to change without notice):

Check the New@Egmont and The Missing Semic Stories pages for details of other upcoming stories.

My thanks to the staff of Frew Publications for providing this information.

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Last updated 1 February 2006