Dublin Comic Con’s 80th Anniversary Phantom Comic Gets Special Limited Edition Release

The Phantom 80th Anniversary Special

Earlier this year, the Dublin Comic Con was granted a special license by King Features Syndicate via AllSorts Media to produce a special comic celebrating The Phantom‘s 80th Anniversary. All proceeds from sales of the comic produced are being donated to Tallaght, Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s Hospitals in Dublin.

The comic was an exclusive to Dublin Comic Con which took place in August, but due to huge fan demand, permission has been granted to Phantom Vault to sell copies with some limited signed copies available for sale.

The 80th Anniversary special was also tied in to be part of an initiative by Dublin Comic Con, to showcase the talents of previous unpublished writers and artists or those whose self-published work was under 500 units.

The opening page from "The Magician's Hoard" written by Sean Hill, with art by Cian Tormey, coloured by Chris O’Halloran, lettered by Robin Jones
The opening page from “The Magician’s Hoard” written by Sean Hill, with art by Cian Tormey, coloured by Chris O’Halloran, lettered by Robin Jones

After an open submission process the following creative team was formed: Basil Lim, Sean Hill, Cian Tormey, Cian O’Halloran, Robin Jones, Danny McLaughlin, Derek Keogh, Johnny McMonagle, Ashwin Chacko, Sinead O’Neil, Jerry Higgins, Arif Iqbal, John O’Reilly, David McDonagh, Roisin Young, Karl O’Rowe, Stephen Carey and Dave Williams.

Dublin Comic Con published the comic with Lightning Strike Comics and Pulse College Dublin facilitated group meetings during production.

The comic includes The Phantom’s Origin Strip from May 1939 by Lee Falk and Ray Moore and six brand new original short stories and strips by the contributors, plus  two articles on Lee Falk and King Features, with an introduction by Lecturer Dave Williams.

• Copies of  this special Phantom comic can be reserved and purchased by e-mailing shop@phantomsvault.com.au

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", 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 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. 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. 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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