Titan Comics and the Really Useful Group have revealed some pages from the upcoming The Phantom of the Opera graphic novel, based on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart’s multi award-winning musical, due in stores June 2020, adapted into comics by Cavan Scott (Star Wars Adventures, Doctor Who) and illustrated by veteran Spanish artist José María Beroy, whose work spans a huge range of works, including a Deadman mini-series for DC Comics.
Packed with illusion, suspense, romance and tragedy, the musical – which is based on the classic novel by Gaston Leroux – tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talent and beauty of a young soprano, Christine Daaé, the Phantom lures her in as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, the Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passion collide.
“I’m thrilled Titan Comics is adapting The Phantom of the Opera,” said Titan publisher, Nick Landau. “It’s an honour to be working with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group on this project and I can’t wait for fans to discover the Phantom in this lavish new graphic novel.”
“Adapting a musical as iconic as The Phantom of the Opera is an interesting challenge and a real honour,” said Cavan Scott. “I think fans of both the musical and gothic romance will find much to love in this graphic novel, an entirely new way to come under the spell of the music of the night.”
Widely considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions in history, The Phantom of The Opera has played to over 14 million people in 41 countries, 183 cities and translated into 17 languages. It is the longest running show in Broadway history and the only show to have celebrated 30 years on both sides of the Atlantic.
Next year will see the 34th Anniversary of its West End debut which opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9th October 1986, starring Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford. Australian singer and performer Josh Piterman is currently playing the Phantom, alongside Kelly Mathieson as Christine Daaé.
• The Phantom of the Opera graphic novel by Cavan Scott and José María Beroy, published by Titan Comics (titan-comics.com) will be available from comic shops and bookstores from June 2020 – you can pre-order it here on Amazon (Affiliate Link)
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.