I suppose it is possible for you to not to know who I'm speaking of...luckily, the panels below give a short, sweet, recap of the hero's origin.
Truth be told, Kord Industries was nearly The Phantom's Skull Cave from the start! When I set out to start a blog I narrowed my choices down to a few characters and topics; Blue Beetle, the Phantom, Jonah Hex, and horror comics. I've covered horror comics in the past, and recently recorded an appearance on the Secret Origins podcast to discuss Hex, but haven't really explored the Phantom angle until now.
Why now? Well, I stumbled on the Billy Zane film a few weeks back while flipping channels on the TV. I saw that movie in the theater. Enjoyed it then, and enjoyed it now. I've been a fan of the Phantom for about as long as I've been a fan of comics! I used to read the newspaper strip and comics, I've searched for the Mego-style Phantom figure from Cast-A-Way Toys like it was my white whale...heck, I watched the cartoon "Defenders of the Earth" solely because of this character. That glimpse of the Zane movie though spurred me to pull the Hermes Press "The Phantom: The Complete Gold Key Years" from my bookshelf, and start re-reading some classic adventures....and with that, and idea came to mind!
I've been collecting the Phantom's four color adventures for years from Gold Key, King, Charlton, DC, Marvel, Moonstone, Dynamite...so I thought, why not share that love with you? I settled on October, because I usually use this month to explore other topics anyway...and c'mon, Phantoms, ghosts who walk, wolves named Devil...it made sense to do it this month!
Now, if I have as much fun with this as I hope, and reader response is good, perhaps I'll start tackling 2 blogs a month...Blue Beetle AND the Phantom! Until then, check the page out next week when I take a look at Gold Key's "The Phantom" #1 from 1962!