Friday, March 5, 2010
Phantom #R-06, King Reading Library
Cover: Sy Barry/ Bill Lignante
Script: Uncredited (original script by Pat Fortunado)
Pencils/Inks: Bill Lignante
According to the GCD (Grand Comic Book Database) :
"The King Comics Reading Library were previously published stories but re-writtten to be accessible to younger readers or readers with limited reading skills. Giveaway to schools. Printed by Charlton, produced by King Comics." - Sort of the same principle as Spidey Super Stories.
This story was reprinted from Phantom #20 (King), 1966. The dialog has been greatly simplified and, in some cases, footnotes define "big" words for you.
So, sit back, regress to a third-grade reading level and enjoy "The Adventures of the Girl Phantom".
I don't know how much the dialog was changed, but the idea that The 21st Phantom's great-aunt fought crime in a world with airplanes and cars seems a little anachronistic. But hey, the puzzles and the fantastic house ad on the back make it all worth while.