Phantom Copyright King Features
Some time ago, I wrote a entry in this Blog expressing my concern about the future of Sydney publisher Frew's The Phantom following the sudden and sad death of Jim Shepherd. It seems I needn't have worried! I see in my local newsagency that Issue #1700 is on now sale. That is certainly no mean feat! So, Congratulations Judith Shepherd, on just a remarkable local publishing milestone! At $3.50, 36 black and white newsprint pages, The Phantom is still a remarkably cheap investment. Sadly, there are so few comics on sale on our Australian newsagency stands: the only other I saw was the British weekly 2000AD. If there WERE other local (Australian) comics on sale and available at a reasonable price, would the Australian public support it? I would like to think so, but to test it out it would mean someone with a willingness to put up some serious money, a product that was modern and appealed to an everyday Aussie, as well as being superior to any other overseas product. Is anyone willing to give it a go?