Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Phantom #69- Charlton Concluded

Compare the cover to the original painting (which I shamefully lifted from The Art of Don Newton)

And now, the conclusion of "The Shining City".

Again with the tigers.


  1. "Men! You're all bungling fools!"

    The big, strong, armed guards can't stop The Phantom, but the spurned woman (supposedly the deadliest fighter alive) fells him by throwing a household ornament in a fit of temper!

    That gave me a good laugh!

    Not the best European comics art around, but the Spanish penchant for drawing sexy, scantily-clad women is well-served.

    - Anthony

  2. Anthony (aka The Dad Who Walks, aka Member 415): That IS pretty funny, she may as well have thrown a frying pan at him! I'm not sure why Charlton went to Studio Recreo for this issue, unless they just bought an existing European Phantom story and had Joe Gill re-write the dialog?

    Stay tuned, I will be posting a Lee Falk/Wilson McCoy Phantom story soon.

  3. Nice to see alternative scans. Generally many posts same (others old) and claims own like 'The Skull Cave Treasures'. His last 5 posts are best examples.

  4. Anonymous: Thanks, I post only scans from my own comics, unless otherwise noted. I do my best to give credit whenever I find it necessary to use outside sources or when I have material provided by a guest or associate.

    I can't speak as to the posts on Skull Cave Treasures, as I don't know anything about that situation.

  5. I wonder why so much of Newton's lush original painting was lost in transition to the printed version. Usually glossy covers capture details well; but MAN is that painting the real deal !

  6. Lys: It all has to do with 1970's printing processes. Basically, the stripping department at Charlton didn't do a very accurate color separation when preparing the film to make the printing press plates... Nowadays, you just scan the image and get a perfect photographic copy you can separate into printing plates for each color. In the 1970's, you had to do it all by hand, cutting an opaque overlay film called amberlith into layers to represent each individual color... basically, it was complicated and they were lazy.