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Lightning Strike Comics announces new Phantom comic, Scarlet Sapphire

The Phantom - Scarlet Sapphire art by Stephen Mooney

The Phantom – Scarlet Sapphire art by Stephen Mooney

Dublin-based independent comics publisher Lightning Strike Comics has announced the creative team behind their new Phantom comic, Scarlet Sapphire, and has released a smashing piece of preview art by Stephen Mooney, who is also writing the book.

The new title follows the company’s publication of a special 60th anniversary Phantom tribute last year, working in partnership with the character’s US owners, King Features. (Lightning Strike will be releasing a special eight-page commemorative Prince Valiant booklet next week, marking the 80th anniversary of Hal Foster’s much-loved character – read our tribute here)

Stephen Mooney is a New York Times best selling creator most widely known for his award-winning hit series Half Past Danger from IDW from IDW Publishing. More recently he has been working as an artist for DC Comics on popular series such as Grayson, Midnighter and Bombshells. He’s currently hard at work writing and drawing the sequel to Half Past Danger.

The Phantom - Scarlet Sapphire work in progress by Robert Carey

The Phantom – Scarlet Sapphire work in progress by Robert Carey

Scarlet Sapphire is being drawn by Robert Carey, the artist who co-founded Lightning Strike Comics and for North Bend, Ness and recently being chosen as a winner in Mark Millar’s Millarworld talent search 2017. Commenting on the new Phantom project he says it “could not be more fun if it tried.” (You really should follow the link to his Tumblr through just for the stunning Ghost Rider art he’s posted)

The book will be coloured by Dublin-based Tríona Farrell, who has worked on numerous issues series from Titan Comics, Boom!, IDW and Image Comics, including Weavers for Boom!, written by Simon Spurrier which launches in May, and the upcoming Image book Rose, which launches next month. She illustrates in her spare time.

Rounding off the team are Rob Jones, the award winning letterer and one of the founders of British Based Indie Publisher, Madius Comics (who is also a comics writer whose credits include Griff Gristle and Tragic Tales of Horrere with Mike Sambrook), and editor David Williams, a published academic researcher and lecturer who specialises in Game Development & Animation. On a day to day he is responsible for the Animation and Game Development faculties for Pulse College third level education, developing courses in Sequential Art, VFX, Games and Animation sectors.

• For more information on the project as it develops follow Lightning Strike on Facebook or on Twitter @LSComics

• Follow Stephen Mooney on Twitter @stephen_mooney

• Robert Carey is on Tumblr at rcarey300.tumblr.com | Follow him on Twitter @Mansloth

• Tríona Farrell’s official site is at www.triona-t-farrell.com | Follow her on Twitter @Treestumped

• Rob Jones’ official site is at robjonesletteringblog.wordpress.com | Follow Rob Jones on Twitter @RobJonesWrites

The Phantom © King Features

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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