The Phantom: The Complete Newspaper Dailies Volume 1: 1936-1937

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The first, original, and best masked hero to ever grace the pages of comic strips and comic books returns with Hermes Press' new complete reprint of The Phantom! Referred to by comic strip historian Maurice Horn as the "granddaddy of all costumed superheroes," The Phantom was created in 1936 by Lee Falk with artwork by Ray Moore. The strip hit the funny pages of newspapers well before the Dark Knight or Superman made their first appearances and has been acknowledged as an influence on every "masked man of mystery" since. The Phantom set the standard for action, adventure, intrigue, and romance in adventure comic strips and comic books. Now, Hermes Press will offer the entire run of the comic strip, which will span over seventy years of The Phantom legend, ending with artist Sy Barry's run on the strip in 1994. As with Hermes Press' critically acclaimed reprint of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, the new definitive reprint of The Phantom will introduce the strip to a whole new generation of readers and give fans of the "Ghost Who Walks" a chance to revisit the series all over again.

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A strong case can be made that the jungle adventurer the Phantom is comics’ first superhero. He may not possess superpowers—for that matter, neither does Batman—but he wears a mask and a skintight costume and takes an extralegal approach to fighting criminals. Surprisingly, as these very first strips show, the character was originally intended to be the alter ego of a spoiled playboy (á la Bruce Wayne), but Falk shortly changed course and developed the better-known backstory: the modern-day hero is the latest in a line of Phantoms dating back to the sixteenth century, leading to the belief that he is the immortal “Ghost Who Walks.” These early installments have the overwrought, high-adventure flavor of the era’s pulp magazines, and Moore’s artwork is in the mode of contemporary magazine illustration, albeit somewhat cruder. The Phantom may not be as well regarded as other classic newspaper adventure strips, but its longevity alone—it continues to run to this day—make this collection a worthwhile endeavor. --Gordon Flagg

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