Tuesday 27 May 2008

Semic archive Pt. III

If you were a reader of the Swedish Phantom comic book ("Fantomen") in 1984 you might remember this:

Yes, it's the original painting of the Bengali map that was enclosed with numer 26 that year.
Now it's time for the final visit to the old Semic archives and you guessed it: It's Phantom time. :)

One of the largest parts of the archive is the space occupied by old issues of the Phantom comic book originals and stats.
Like these giant original paintings from issues unknown to me.

Here we see Germund checking out a box labeled Fantomen 1958 1959. It's filled with pages of cut up and pasted up Phantom pages.

Here's another box with pasteups from 1942-1961.

And here's a look inside Pandora's... eh that Phantom box.

Here are some other random pages so that you can see the different state they are in. Some of the pages are falling apart while others still are in excellent condition.

One of the films used to make the cover of Fantomen 2 1951.

Naturally there is plenty of modern art by Kari Leppenän, Hans Lindahl and others.

Now, enough of archive porn... ;)


Andreas said...

Very nice post! :D

The Map of Bengali was painted by Turkish Semic artist Özcan Eralp, and it was also used for the
Phantom board game. The two big cover originals are for Fantomen 1 and 2/1994 and are by an artist named Tony Bagge - his only two Fantomen covers. Interestingly, the cover of FA 1/1994 was edited so you couldn't see the dynamite pack in the Phantom's hand.

Ger Apeldoorn said...

No, there can never be enough archive porn.

By the way, could you come over to my blog (allthingsger.blogspot) and have a look to see if the Capp's Corner ads I scanned are by Bob Lubbers?

Joakim Gunnarsson said...

And your excellent blog is now added to my list of good links! :)

Joakim Gunnarsson said...

Andreas: Thanks for the info!

Anonymous said...

Interesting to see pictures from the archive. Especially the ones who shows comic book pages. The cut of from the original newspaper strip and “re-inking” / re-lettering.

Peder (The Clay Camel)

Anonymous said...

Hi All,would anybody have any info on a British comic character licensed to Semic Press back in early 70s called Adam Eterno?


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