The Phantom comic book goes belly up in Norway
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First appearance newspapers : 1939 (the germans never knew it was from the US so it was even printed during WW2 , the resistance used "Phantom" as code word lol)

First comic book : 1964 (at first only 4-6 issues a yr)

In 1970 they started printing 26 issues a yr until 2013 (less than 10k sold today vs the 80s , I believe in 1986 they sold a whopping 100k copies !)

70s/80s was The Phantoms golden age in Norway

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Was HUGE in Austrailia and New Zeland as well. 

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Still going here, and up to #1825. My LCS tells me that sales are falling and the demographic is of the older type though, so who knows how much longer it will go.

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My favorite strip.

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2 hours ago, postersandstuff said:

The Phantom newspaper strip 1939 - 2019 , thats a long run though

Very impressive.

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Unusual. I used to love reading Phantom strips in the newspaper when I was younger.  It stopped in early 80's. I didn't know it was popular in other country until today!

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Still going strong here in Sweden, have been published in his own comic book ,"Fantomen", since 1950 and 26 new issues are published every year.

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On 11/12/2018 at 9:09 PM, AJD said:

Still going here, and up to #1825. My LCS tells me that sales are falling and the demographic is of the older type though, so who knows how much longer it will go.

If it fades any more they'll have to change it to, "The Ghost Who Limps!"  Either that or, "The Ghosted Who Walked!" :wink:

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On 5/2/2019 at 1:54 PM, Ken Aldred said:
On 5/2/2019 at 11:40 AM, postersandstuff said:

The Phantom newspaper strip 1939 - 2019 , thats a long run though

Very impressive.

What I would want to have in my personal collection would be a copy of this book here:

Golden Age (1938-1955):Cartoon Character, Ace Comics #11 (David McKay Publications, 1938) CGC VF- 7.5 Creamto off-white pages....

The first comic book appearance of the Phantom and a book that came out several months before Action 1 hit the stands.

Apparently, a real rare and HTF toughie to track down, with only a total of 14 graded copies (universal & restored) to date, with this CGC 7.5 being the highest graded copy.  :cloud9:

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Took me 5 yrs to find this set , its gorgeous :D

Paid 400 krones for it (approx 50$) , not bad cuz it has sold for 600 at auction previously so I saved like 300 krones (with shipping)

 

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There is a huge amount around in Australia

Under issue 100 they sell well - $100 - $500 depending on condition (rough guide)

I have never seen an issue under #26.

I think a #1 sold for $15,000 a few years back.

The modern ones (#700 and up) are literally 3 for $5 fodder.

They just keep reprinting the same stories and throw a few new ones in every year. Lee Falk died a few years back, and that really took most of the remaining wind out of its sails.

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There are a number of Phantoms in the Four Color series.  I imagine complete stories. 

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The Ace issues from #143-151 are near impossible to find and sell for good money. #143 is the first Phantom cover of the series and they continue until the last issue. 

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On 5/7/2019 at 12:34 PM, lou_fine said:

What I would want to have in my personal collection would be a copy of this book here:

Golden Age (1938-1955):Cartoon Character, Ace Comics #11 (David McKay Publications, 1938) CGC VF- 7.5 Creamto off-white pages....

The first comic book appearance of the Phantom and a book that came out several months before Action 1 hit the stands.

Apparently, a real rare and HTF toughie to track down, with only a total of 14 graded copies (universal & restored) to date, with this CGC 7.5 being the highest graded copy.  :cloud9:

super book to own...cong

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