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THE PHANTOM: VIETNAM
(Frew Publications)

“…Ma Nguoi Di. The Ghost Who Walks. I had heard his name in whispers throughout the North and South..." 

Approved by King Features, The Phantom: Vietnam follows Lee Falk's internationally- renowned comic strip hero The Phantom, through stories situated in a much different jungle to the one he calls home in Bangalla; the harsh terrain of Vietnam during the 1960s.

The first story was published by Frew  in the Phantom 2019 Annual (issue #1830 "The Phantom at War"), and is written and drawn by Paul Mason (illustrator for the Kid Phantom comic book series) and edited by Glenn Ford (longtime Phantom illustrator and co-director of Frew Publications). It was the first full-length Phantom story both written and drawn by an Australian cartoonist. The story won a Bronze Ledger at the 2020 Ledger Awards. 

 

Story 3:  "It Ain't me, it Ain't Me"  from The Phantom #1886 was shortlisted for the 2022 Comic Arts Awards of Australia (CAAA/Ledger awards). 

The series is written and drawn by Paul, with assistant edits by Amanda Bacchi, edited by Glenn Ford and published by Dudley Hogarth at Frew Publications.The Phantom is available in newsagents,  participating comic stores nationally, book stores and online via Frew.

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The Phantom Annual 2019 Wendall Cavalcanti

The Phantom #1830

cover by Wendell Cavalcanti.

The Phantom: Vietnam

Story 1: "It Tolls for Thee"

Published 17th January 2019

Winner Bronze Ledger 2020 Ledger Awards

 

A platoon of US. Soldiers from the 4th Infantry division become lost during Operation "Tollroad", in late 1968. As an ambush by NVA and V.C becomes inevitable, both sides of the conflict encounter 'The Ghost Who Walks'. But why is he in the jungles of Vietnam?

 

Written and drawn by Paul Mason

Edited by Glenn Ford

The Phantom 2019 Annual (#1830)

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The Phantom #1905 
Cover by Paul Mason, back cover by Glenn Lumsden.

The Phantom: Vietnam

Story 2: "It's Just A Shot Away."

Published 4h November 2021

The Phantom is caught up  in family conflict and civilians in danger in Hue during the Tet Offensive in '68; how will 'The Ghost Who Walks" manage to get across the city  alive while U.S Marines and  ARVN forces battle NVA and V.C infiltration?

 

Written and drawn by Paul Mason

Edited by Glenn Ford

The Phantom #1905.

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The Phantom #1886

Cover by Anthony Spay​​, back cover by Paul Mason.

The Phantom: Vietnam

Story 3: "It Ain't Me, it Ain't Me..."

Published 11th February 2021

2022 Comic Arts Awards of Australia Shortlist

An Australian reporter based in Saigon recounts his time in 'The Battle of Long Tan', but all is not safe in the city on the eve of Tet , 1968...

Written and drawn by Paul Mason

Edited by Glenn Ford

Assisted Edits by Amanda Bacchi

The Phantom #1886.

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The Phantom #1887

Cover by Anthony Spay​​, back cover by Paul Mason.

The Phantom: Vietnam

Story 4: "Have You Ever Seen The Rain?"

Published 25th February 2021

The Phantom's adopted son Rex finds a misplaced chronicle book  in the Skullcave, and learns of the time that the Phantom's moral values were put to the test, when he encountered soldiers involved with the war crimes in My Lai. 

Written and drawn by Paul Mason

Edited by Glenn Ford

Assisted Edits by Amanda Bacchi

The Phantom #1887.

Coming Soon:

Story 5: "Said the Joker to the Thief..."

Story 6: "Paint It Black"

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Sample Pages from across the series so far, starting with The Phantom #1830: 2019 Annual (January 2019)